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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]

Culture

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]

History

Prince Rhaegar Targaryen by C. Griffin © Fantasy Flight Games

The crown of King Aegon I Targaryen was a Valyrian steel circlet studded with rubies.[12]

Rego Draz, a native of Pentos, was resented for flaunting his wealth by wearing ruby rings in King's Landing.[13]

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 Cattle Show.[14]

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.[15] That crossing of the Trident subsequently became known as the ruby ford.[16]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Arya Stark and Mycah depart the crossroads inn to search for rubies at the ruby ford.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19] Lightbringer, the sword of Stannis Baratheon, has a great square-cut ruby set in its hilt.[20]

The pommel of Hearteater, the new blade of King Joffrey, depicts a heart-shaped ruby in the jaws of a lion.[21] Following the Battle of the Blackwater, the young king wears a mantle studded with rubies.[22] 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.[22]

A Storm of Swords

Tyrion Lannister wears a chain of rubies and lions' heads when he weds Sansa Stark.[23]

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.[24] The new blade for Joffrey, which he names Widow's Wail,[25] has lions' paws with unsheathed ruby claws on its crossguard.[24]

The seven-sided golden chalice given by Mace to Joffrey has a ruby lion sun to represent House Lannister.[25] The pommel of Ser Ilyn Payne's new greatsword is skull-shaped dragonglass with ruby eyes.[26]

A Feast for Crows

Oathkeeper, the second blade made from Ice, has a golden lion's head with ruby eyes on its pommel.[27]

When Tywin's body lies in state, a longsword in a gilded scabbard studded with rubies is placed on his chest.[28]

The Elder Brother of the Quiet Isle informs Brienne of Tarth six rubies from the Battle of the Trident have washed up nearby.[29]

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.[30] 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.[31][32]

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.[33]

Quotes

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.[24]

References

  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. Fire & Blood, Aegon's Conquest.
  13. Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
  14. Fire & Blood, Under the Regents - War and Peace and Cattle Shows.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 4, Eddard I.
  16. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 55, Catelyn VIII.
  17. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 15, Sansa I.
  18. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  19. A Clash of Kings, Prologue.
  20. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 31, Catelyn III.
  21. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 57, Sansa V.
  22. 22.0 22.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 65, Sansa VIII.
  23. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 28, Sansa III.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 32, Tyrion IV.
  25. 25.0 25.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 59, Sansa IV.
  26. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 60, Tyrion VIII.
  27. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 42, Brienne VIII.
  28. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.
  29. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 31, Brienne VI.
  30. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 17, Jon IV.
  31. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 10, Jon III.
  32. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 31, Melisandre I.
  33. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 24, The Lost Lord.