This is called the “Carmen Lucia ruby” and has been on display at the Smithsonian Museum since 2004. It was mined in 1930 in Burma, known for the most vibrant rubies in the world. This 23 carat-faceted stone was in the collection of Carmen Lucia, purchased for her by her loving husband in anticipation of her recovery from cancer. Sadly, she died and her husband donated it to the museum to honor her memory. Of course this ruby is valuable but what makes it stand out even more is the story behind it.
As beautiful and rare as some rubies are, there is something that is described in today’s verse as a “rare jewel;” lips that speak knowledge. We value gold and rubies for their beauty, rarity and worth. Yet, lips that speak knowledge are even more rare and beautiful. Knowing what to say and when to say it is invaluable! It is the Lord that gives wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding (Prov. 2:6) He is the source and it is when we fear, respect and show the awe due Him that we can possess this rare jewel. (Prov. 1:7)
I enjoy beautiful gems and jewelry, especially when the light catches them just right. But there is nothing so off-putting as a woman bedecked in gold and rubies that opens her mouth and spoils the effect! Knowledge, wisdom and understanding attract others. More than a recitation of factual information, the knowledge and wisdom He gives allows me to use the right words to build up others (Eph. 4:29) benefitting those who listen. His knowledge and wisdom coming out of my mouth will point others to Him.
Lord, make my lips a rare jewel today!