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Melisandre wears a ruby on her neck, by John Picacio ©

Ruby is a precious red gemstone.[1] The Summer Isles are rich in rubies.[2]


Ruby crown of Meereen, by John Goodenough © Fantasy Flight Games

The three golden lions which decorate the armor of Lord Tywin Lannister have ruby eyes.[3] Ser Boros Blount uses a gold lion brooch with tiny ruby eyes.[4]

Lady Forlorn, the Valyrian steel blade of Ser Lyn Corbray, has a heart-shaped ruby in its pommel.[5]

House Celtigar is said to have chests of rubies at Claw Isle.[6]

Rubies are among the decorations on the maester's chain of Grand Maester Pycelle.[7]

Illyrio Mopatis has rubies among his various rings.[8][9]

Xaro Xhoan Daxos decorates his nose with rubies, opals, and flakes of jade.[10] The camelry of Qarth decorate their saddles with rubies and garnets.[10]

The warrior women of Bayasabhad, Kayakayanaya, and Samyriana wear iron rings in their nipples and rubies in their cheeks.[11] Rubies and Iron is a book written by Maester Naylin.[12]


Prince Rhaegar Targaryen by C. Griffin © Fantasy Flight Games

The crown of King Aegon I Targaryen was a Valyrian steel circlet studded with rubies.[13]

Rego Draz, a native of Pentos, was resented for flaunting his wealth by wearing ruby rings in King's Landing.[14]

The sisters Baela Velaryon and Rhaena Targaryen wore rubies at their throats when they presented Daenaera Velaryon to King Aegon III Targaryen at the Maiden's Day Ball.[15]

The black breastplate of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen was decorated with the red three-headed dragon of House Targaryen in rubies.[3] When Lord Robert Baratheon killed Rhaegar with his warhammer at the Battle of the Trident, the rubies were scattered into the river.[16] That crossing of the Trident subsequently became known as the ruby ford.[17]

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A Game of Thrones

Arya Stark and Mycah depart the crossroads inn to search for rubies at the ruby ford.[18]

After the death of King Robert I Baratheon, Queen Cersei Lannister wears a black mourning gown. Sewn into the bodice are a hundred dark red rubies in the shape of teardrops.[4] King Joffrey I Baratheon wears a golden crown crusted with rubies and black diamonds.[19]

A Clash of Kings

Stannis Baratheon with Lightbringer, by John Matson © Fantasy Flight Games

Melisandre's ruby glows when Maester Cressen fails in his attempt to poison the red priestess.[20] Lightbringer, the sword of Stannis Baratheon, has a great square-cut ruby set in its hilt.[21]

The pommel of Hearteater, the new blade of King Joffrey, depicts a heart-shaped ruby in the jaws of a lion.[22] Following the Battle of the Blackwater, the young king wears a mantle studded with rubies.[23] Joffrey rewards Lord Mace Tyrell and his sons, Ser Garlan and Ser Loras, with chains of roses wrought in soft yellow gold. Each necklace has a golden disc with the lion of Lannister picked out in rubies.[23]

A Storm of Swords

Tyrion Lannister wears a chain of rubies and lions' heads when he weds Sansa Stark.[24]

Lord Tywin Lannister has Tobho Mott melt down Ice to create two new Valyrian steel swords. The blades' scabbards are ornamented with a row of studded golden lion's heads with ruby eyes.[25] The new blade for Joffrey, which he names Widow's Wail,[26] has lions' paws with unsheathed ruby claws on its crossguard.[25]

The seven-sided golden chalice given by Mace to Joffrey has a ruby lion sun to represent House Lannister.[26] The pommel of Ser Ilyn Payne's new greatsword is skull-shaped dragonglass with ruby eyes.[27]

A Feast for Crows

Oathkeeper, the second blade made from Ice, has a golden lion's head with ruby eyes on its pommel.[28]

When Tywin's body lies in state, a longsword in a gilded scabbard studded with rubies is placed on his chest.[29]

The Elder Brother of the Quiet Isle informs Brienne of Tarth six rubies from the Battle of the Trident have washed up nearby.[30]

A Dance with Dragons

"Rattleshirt" wearing a ruby, by Lukasz Jaskolski © Fantasy Flight Games

Rattleshirt tells Jon Snow that the big square-cut gem which adorns the captive wildling's iron cuff was a gift from Melisandre.[31] In actuality, Melisandre has used a glamor to disguise Mance Rayder as Rattleshirt, so that the real Rattleshirt can be publicly burned to death while Mance secretly survives.[32][33]

Prince Aegon Targaryen wears three huge square-cut rubies on a chain of black iron; the youth had received them as a gift from Magister Illyrio Mopatis.[34]


Tobho: ... cherrywood for the scabbards, bound in red leather and ornamented with a row of lion's-head studs in pure gold. Perhaps with garnets for the eyes ...
Tywin: Rubies. Garnets lack the fire.[25]


  1. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 12, Daenerys I.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Summer Isles.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 58, Eddard XV.
  4. 4.0 4.1 A Game of Thrones, Chapter 51, Sansa IV.
  5. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 23, Alayne I.
  6. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 36, Davos IV.
  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 20, Eddard IV.
  8. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 32, Arya III.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 1, Tyrion I.
  10. 10.0 10.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 27, Daenerys II.
  11. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 54, Daenerys VI.
  12. The World of Ice & Fire, The Bones and Beyond.
  13. Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  14. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  15. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
  18. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa I.
  19. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  20. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  21. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  22. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  23. 23.0 23.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
  24. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
  26. 26.0 26.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
  27. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
  28. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 42, Brienne VIII.
  29. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  30. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI.
  31. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon IV.
  32. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 10, Jon III.
  33. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 31, Melisandre I.
  34. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.