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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
The oriental ruby is next in value, as a gem, to the diamond. Indeed, a ruby of this kind, above a certain size, is more valuable than a diamond of the same weight. The oriental ruby is a red variety of the sapphire its color is usually between a vivid cochineal and crimson. The word "rubies" occurs several times in the English Bible, as Job 28:18; Proverbs 3:15; 8:11; but the corresponding word in Hebrew is thought to denote red coral, or perhaps pearls; while the true ruby is more naturally designated by the "agate" or "carbuncle" of Isaiah 54:12; Ezekiel 27:16 .
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Ruby'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/r/ruby.html. 1859.