Everything You Need to Know About Ruby Engagement Rings
Derived from the Latin word for “red,” “ruben,” ruby engagement rings have become a popular choice for couples looking to purchase a unique engagement ring. For rubies, the most important aspect to consider value-wise is the quality of the center stone; the more richly red and clearer the ruby, the more value it holds. Typically, a ruby is paired with yellow or rose gold, but other metals have proven to look good throughout the years.
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Ruby Engagement Ring Origin
Found in Burma, Afghanistan, Australia, India, Madagascar, and several other places including parts of the United States, the ruby is rare and held in high regard. Unique ruby engagement rings such as Fergie's large ruby diamond engagement ring piqued the interest of modern brides everywhere. Although rubies are typically blood red, the diamond and blue ruby engagement rings have also garnered a lot of attention in modern-day.
Although diamonds previously ruled the engagement ring world, the diamond paired with the ruby in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in order to symbolize eternity and love. Among the wealthy, this contrast between the stones became a hot commodity. Hindus also thought highly of the ruby by separating the ruby into castes; they were sorted into upper, middle, and lower class in terms of beauty, quality, and color. It was thought that a lower ruby could not even touch an upper ruby in fear that it would contaminate it.
Nowadays, the engagement rings with rubies are said to represent desire through their rich red color. Desire may be an important aspect of ruby, but rubies also symbolize love and courage. Legend has it that the ruby is not a stone at all, but it is hardened fire with the power to set hearts aflame. Also known as the “Stone of Nobility,” the ruby is said to amplify and bring light and peace into one's life. Peace-wise, it is said that the ruby can settle fights between lovers.
Choosing a Ruby and Diamond Ring
Ruby solitaire, three-stone, and ruby accent gemstone rings are rich, beautiful options for engagement rings. However, some people feel that adding a diamond to the mix, or making the accent stones diamonds rather than tiny rubies gives those rings an unmatched appeal.
Take the round brilliant cut white gold ruby solitaire engagement ring. The deep red ruby will catch the eye of admirers everywhere all by itself. However, dress up the band with accent diamonds, or alternate small diamonds with rubies all along the band, and eye catching becomes eye popping.
A tri-stone ruby engagement ring on a yellow gold band will certainly stand out in a crowd. Replace the two smaller stones on either side of the center ruby with diamonds, which will bring out the shine of the gold band, as well as the intensity of the red gemstone, for a breathtaking engagement ring of which anyone would be envious.
Buying a Ruby Ring vs a Diamond Ring
Replacing some of the rubies in an all-ruby ring with diamonds can actually save you a little bit of money, as well as alter the look and style of the ring. By carat, diamonds are less costly than rubies that are the same size. True, natural, excellent-grade rubies are considered rarer than diamonds and are therefore considerably higher in value. So, playing around with the various combinations of rubies and diamonds while shopping for a ruby engagement ring can help you create a gorgeous ring that's easier on your pocketbook.
Popular Shapes for Ruby Engagement Rings
The most popular gemstone cut for ruby engagement rings is the round cut. This circular shape brings out all the important qualities of the ruby gemstone, accentuating its critical features while offering some of the best prices in the ruby market.
Round Cut Rubies match well with other round cut stones, and they leave room for all types of creative metalwork in solitaire rings, such as vines, filigree, floral and nature-inspired metal designs.
Oval Shaped Rubies are another common stone cut for rings. Ovals can be paired with smaller ovals, round cut gems, and any accent gemstones. Oval cut stones often appear larger, and offer elegance and a delicate look on a bride-to-be's finger.
Cushion Cut Rubies make amazing, vintage-looking ruby engagement rings. Paired with ruby or diamond halos and filigree metalwork, these gemstones create antique style rings that even modern brides will love.
Square Shaped Rubies match with any of the sharp-edged and cornered shapes, such as princess cut, rectangle cut, emerald cut, etc. They also pair well with cushion cut gemstones and are among the top ten popular ruby cuts for engagement rings.
Common Setting Styles for Ruby Engagement Rings
Pave settings are a common choice for ruby engagement rings. It's simple, classic, elegant, and it works for solitaires, tri-stones, accent gemstones, and any other styles. They can also be set in yellow, rose and white gold, as well as platinum, silver, and any of the other white metals used for ruby engagement rings.
Four-prong settings are often used in ruby rings. The ruby rests securely inside the prongs, and any band design or metalwork accents complement the stone shapes and cuts.
The bezel is another common setting for ruby engagement rings. Bezel allows for alternating gemstone shapes, and for a center stone that appears larger than its actual size. It also sits well in many of the preferred ruby engagement ring metals available on the market.
Types of Natural Rubies
|Burmese Ruby Stones
|Deep Red Color
|African Ruby Stone
|Purplish to Dark Red Color
|Mozambique and Kenya
|Thai Ruby Gesmtone
|Dark in Color
|Tanzania Ruby Gemstone
|Intensity of Color Diminished with Size
|Madagascar Ruby Stone
|Red, Orange, and Natural Red
|Andilamena and Vatomandry
|Afghanistan Ruby Gemstone
|Ranges from Light to Dark Red
|Badakshan and Jagdalek
Ruby Engagement Ring Metal Options
As with other gemstone engagement rings, ruby rings have certain metals that best suit the deep hues of the red stones.
Yellow gold is typically the most commonly favored metal for ruby engagement rings that are paired with diamonds. Pure yellow gold accentuates the brilliance of the diamonds, as well as the rich, blood-red color of the ring's rubies. The gold ties together all the qualities of the gemstones with the ring's specific setting, creating a heart-stopping ruby-and-diamond engagement ring brides will love.
Yellow gold is considerably costlier than the white metals because most white metals are blended with a percentage of silver, which is cheaper price-wise than pure gold.
Rose gold is common and popular for all-ruby engagement rings. The pinkish tint to rose, gold bands, are the perfect complement to the red brilliance of the rubies. Although rose gold is most commonly used in rings with rubies only, it also looks great with large ruby center stones nestled between smaller diamonds.
Rose gold is a less expensive gold metal because it's softer than yellow gold. It's also mixed with different minerals and components, which is how its pink color is created. This decreases the ratio of “pure” gold in the metal, which lowers the hefty price tags that pure yellow gold often carries.
White gold and platinum are two of the white metals often used to make ruby engagement rings. The white metals are typically used in rings with a higher diamond-to-ruby ratio, or for rings in which the diamonds are bigger than the rubies.
Platinum is a more highly-valued metal than white gold because platinum is more naturally white than white gold. White gold, as we mentioned, is mixed with silver, whereas platinum is white by nature.
Our Top Ruby Rings
The perfect ring to mark a connection, a moment, or a chance that comes once in a blue moon. This ring features a Pear Ruby held securely by four prongs. The gorgeous centerstone is set on a diamond-encrusted band with a no-frills twist design and an alluring flow.
A classic gemstone ring with serene elegance. This piece features a subtly pinched shank topped with a regal Ruby surrounded by a beautiful sunburst halo of lab diamonds.
Expect a timeless look and a stunning pop of color from this three-stone ring. A round Ruby sits between a pair of lab-created diamonds. This standout centerpiece is set along a diamond-studded shank.
Packed with visual appeal, this ring makes a statement with its diamond-encrusted split shank and colored gem center stone. The slim band effortlessly splits and widens as it leads into the diamond-haloed Ruby.
This ring makes quite an impression with its shapely shoulders and vividly colored center stone. A round Ruby takes centerstage and is flanked by lab-created diamond accent stones on scalloped mounting.
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