by Suzanne Sachs • 5 min read
THE BASICS --
A ruby engagement ring is a dramatic choice to represent a couple’s relationship, and a ruby can be a stunning, eye-catching stone to showcase romance and commitment. By understanding more about what makes ruby engagement rings so special, any couple can decide if this brilliant gem is best for their brilliant relationship.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW--
What is a Ruby?
Ruby is a crystalline form of the mineral corundum, the same as sapphire. In rubies, chromium is part of the crystal, which gives the gem its characteristic red color, ranging from pinkish red to a pure blood red to red with purplish undertones. Rubies also have a rich internal glow, a “fire” that makes them very desirable as precious gemstones.
A ruby engagement ring offers more than just a gemstone set in precious metal. It also offers…
Rubies are also highly sought after for their durability. Rated as a 9.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness, ruby is only slightly less hard than diamond, and is very resistant to scratches, cracks, chips, and other damage. This makes rubies ideal for the daily wear of engagement rings.
• July's Birthstone
Not only are rubies the official birthstone for July – ideal for a couple that may have met in July, become engaged in mid-summer, or be planning a July wedding – but they also represent the fortieth wedding anniversary, a longevity goal any marriage should strive to reach.
• Ruby Meaning and Symbolism
Many couples choose engagement rings that are rich with personal symbolism, and the ruby is a very symbolic gem indeed. Rubies have a great deal of spiritual and emotional symbolism. These gems are said to offer protection, and to represent a range of traits ideal for an engaged couple, including passion, romance, courage, strength, good fortune, vitality, wealth, fierceness, and prosperity. With these traits as part of their engagement commitment, any couple could look forward to a long and happy union.
• Famous Ruby Rings
Rubies have been highly valued in many cultures, from European, Indian, and Asian royalty to some of today’s most popular, trend-setting celebrities. Ruby engagement rings have been popular throughout the years, from Laura Ingalls Wilder to Sarah, Duchess of York to Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Jessica Simpson, and Ashlee Simpson. Elizabeth Taylor also regularly wore exquisite ruby jewelry, and rubies have been highlighted in the crown jewels of Great Britain, Spain, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, and other prominent nations.
• Ethical and Conflict Free
Whether couples want to choose a ruby engagement ring for its outstanding color, durability, symbolism, or royal and celebrity appeal, there are many beautiful options to choose from. Because rubies have been timelessly popular, these gems are featured in a range of antique and vintage engagement rings, including from the Art Deco era as well as Victorian engagement rings and other fashionable periods. Vintage ruby engagement rings are ethical, sustainable and conflict free as it represents the ultimate in recycling. Rubies can be found in halo, cluster, three-stone, solitaire, and other classic settings, as well as more unique and distinctive rings.
Choosing Ruby Engagement Rings
To find the perfect ruby engagement ring, a couple should work with a reputable retailer that has extensive gemstone knowledge and experience. A broad inventory of ruby rings will give a couple a better selection to browse, checking which styles and settings appeal best and fit most comfortably on the hand. Couples should also learn about the color, clarity, and other factors that influence a ruby’s value so they can be sure to choose a ring that is suitably priced and appropriately authenticated.
Choosing an engagement ring is a significant step in a couple’s relationship, and opting for a ruby engagement ring is a distinctive and fashionable choice. A ruby ring can be a lovely way to mark a couple’s engagement, and the outstanding beauty of a ruby will hold great meaning for the couple for many years to come.
Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:
No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.
Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:
Vintage ruby rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to color and detailing. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of ruby engagement rings today!