About Ruby Rings


Rings are one of the oldest and most sought out jewelry pieces to exist. From a simple metal band to a more elaborately detailed version, rings have gone through significant transformations over time, but the classics remain. While early Christians used the Greek symbol Ichthus on rings, which bore close resemblance to a fish, the Egyptians most commonly used the 'scraboeus' or beetle which symbolized the world. Although, the engraving variations have changed, the tradition and meaning remain the same.
With time, rings have transitioned greatly, and with each upgrade came beautiful beginnings. One such trend witnessed was the emergence of gemstone rings, giving rings a completely new look and feel. The use of colorful gemstones in rings brought versatility that was never expected to be such stunning and impactful. Ruby rings have been the obvious choice for centuries. Color, which is the most discernible quality of ruby, can be beautifully captured in a ring, irrespective of the design or style.
For those who prefer subtle elegance, a solitaire ruby set in yellow or white gold would be the perfect recommendation. Solitaire ruby rings in the traditional round and oval or more contemporary trillion or pear-shape is sure to bring out the rich color of the stone. For more innovation in solitaire ruby rings, one could opt for curved, split or tapered shanks to develop a distinctive look to an otherwise plain ruby ring.
The glamorous ruby ring can also be given a decorative look with the use of diamonds for those who prefer a more elaborate style. A dazzling blend of diamonds and rubies make some attractive rings, whether the diamonds are used as side stones in a classic three-stone ruby ring or as diamond accents cover each side of the shank. A sparkling rim of diamonds bordering a ruby center stone in a ring looks equally appealing.
Ruby cluster rings look equally charming, especially one that is looking for a more extravagant style. Cluster rings make great evening accessories, and make you the center of attention with its impressive size and vibrant hue. For a more sedate and contemporary look, ruby band rings or ruby eternity bands can be a great choice, which can be worn individually on each finger or stacked together on one finger. Irrespective of the design or style, ruby rings always stand apart from other gemstone rings. There is something intrinsically beautiful about these gemstones that make any jewelry stand out from a crowd of rings. Their beauty and elegance is truly captivating.

Famous Rubies

Ruby and sapphire are the two members of the corundum family. Red corundum is ruby and the remaining colors are called sapphire. Rubies historically have rich associations with royalty. There are allusions in The Bible to rubies: "The price of wisdom is above rubies": Job in the Bible. The implication was that rubies were highly praised gemstones. Naturally, this kind of awe-inspiration transcended borders and cultures. Sanskrit texts refer to ruby as Ratnaraj - King of Gems.
Rubies are found in crown jewels and scepters of several national museums worldwide. The coronation ring of British Monarchs has a large, tablet-cut ruby on which the figure of St. George's cross is engraved. This ruby is followed by twenty-six diamonds around the red stone.
While technological advances have diminished many famous rubies by identifying them as red spinel; there are still some rubies that remain unmatched in excellence. A few of these rubies are with museums; and some remain a mystery with anonymous owners.
The Edwardes Ruby (167 carats) is named for Major General Sir Herbert Benjamin Edwardes, who helped save British rule during the years of mutiny in India. This ruby was donated to the British Museum of Natural History in London by John Ruskin in 1887.
The Rosser Reeves star ruby (138.7 carats) is considered to be the largest fine star ruby in existence, and was insured for $150,000 in 1966. This ruby is now at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
The De Long star ruby (100 carats) is an oval cabochon and is now with The American Museum of Natural History in New York.
The Peace Ruby (43 carats uncut) is a 25 carat faceted round brilliant stone. This ruby was discovered in the Mogok Valley (Myanmar) on June 30, 1919, just two days after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, at the end of World War I. The ruby discovered just two days after was named the "Peace Ruby" to perpetuate the memory of this historic event. The present location of the "Peace Ruby" however is unknown.
The Book of Ruby and Sapphire (1934), was written by J. F. Halford-Watkins. He had the privilege of holding the rough stone for some time and wrote that the rough stone (Peace Ruby) was like a piece of red currant jelly, and that he used to exhibit it on a small plain white Chinese plate to heighten the illusion.
The Anne of Brittany Ruby (105 carats) is a polished, but the irregular gemstone is housed in the Louvre in Paris.
The record for most expensive ruby ever sold remains at $425,000 per carat. This 8.62 carat ruby sold for $3, 637,480. This was a Burmese Ruby, cushion cut and was sold to Laurence Graff in February 2006.

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