The ruby, much like the sapphire, is from the corundum mineral family and its beautiful rouge palette is a result of its chromium content. Rubies are incredibly special as they have the highest worth of any other coloured gemstone per carat.
The ruby gets its name from the Latin “ruber” meaning red. We associate the colour red with all our most intense emotions, from passion to anger. This is very much how the ruby has been represented throughout the ages as a token of wealth, success and love.
Some of the most expensive rubies have been sourced from Burma, while Sri Lanka, Thailand, Madagascar and Tanzania are also known for their ruby deposits. In terms of colours, rubies can range from pure red to princess pink and purple hues. And while pigeon-blood red remains the most expensive in terms of price matrix, all forms of this naturally occurring precious gemstone are popular.
Wondering how to get the celebrity look with rubies? Look no further than the classics. Jessica Simpson opted for an engagement ring with a stunning focal birthstone ruby complimented by two pear cut diamonds on either side to commemorate her marriage to Eric Johnson. The Duchess of York also adorned a regal ruby cluster style ring with the big red gem in the spotlight encircled by big bright diamonds set in yellow gold. The ruby is far from just a precious engagement gemstone, we look to the likes of Natalie Portman and Heidi Klum for style cues. It turns out rubies really do put the red in red carpet!
The one true jewellery idol herself Elizabeth Taylor was the doting possessor of many a fine ruby piece with suites from designers such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels abundant in her jewellery box. Elizabeth Taylor’s personal collection of fine jewellery is thought to total £20million.
Rubies are the birthstone for July and used to celebrate 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Capricorns also use the ruby to convey their star sign in the zodiac calendar. For these July babies, rubies are the perfect gift from a loving partner and lifelong friend.
With a hardness score of 9 on the Mohs scale, rubies are both durable and long-lasting in nature so perfect when set in fine jewellery. With this in mind, keeping your rubies looking luscious couldn’t be easier. Simply soak in soapy water for a few minutes, no need to scrub but give it a gentle wipe to clean.
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