Emerald Rings vs. Ruby Rings: Whats the Difference? (2024)

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by Suzanne Sachs 5 min read



Both emerald rings and ruby rings can be stunning pieces in your jewelry ensemble, but how do the two types of gemstone rings really compare? Understanding more about emerald rings versus ruby rings can help you better appreciate each gemstone and enjoy them to their full potential.


In this guide, we will explain the following:

  • Comparing Emeralds and Rubies
  • Ruby
  • Emerald
  • Emerald rings and Ruby Rings
  • 5 Best Vintage Emerald and Vintage Ruby Rings
  • Vintage Emerald Cocktail Ring
  • Vintage Ruby & Diamond Halo Ring
  • Vintage Emerald & Baguette Diamond Ring
  • Three Stone Ruby Ring
  • Art Deco Emerald Ring
  • Which Gemstone Ring To Choose?


Comparing Emeralds and Rubies

Both emeralds and rubies are classified as precious gems, along with diamonds and sapphires. These gems have this elite designation because of their rarity, beauty, strength, and symbolism, a combination that ensures their timeless attraction and nearly universal appeal. But rubies and emeralds are actually quite different when compared closely.


Rubies are the red form of the mineral corundum, and may range from a reddish-orange to pure red to a deeper red with purplish undertones. Other colors of corundum are all classified as sapphires, and there are no red sapphires – though lighter shades of pink are sapphires rather than rubies. The distinctive color of a ruby comes from chromium in its crystal structure, with iron contributing to some darker tones.

Rubies have a 9.0 rating on the Mohs scale of hardness, making them exceptionally durable for everyday wear. These lovely red gems are the July birthstone and the traditional gemstone for the fifteenth, fortieth, and eightieth wedding anniversaries.



Emeralds are the green version of the mineral beryl, with coloration from deep, dark, rich green to lighter yellowish green. Other gemstones in the beryl family include aquamarine, heliodor, morganite, and others, depending on their coloration, though all deep greens are emeralds.

The coloration of an emerald is due to chromium and vanadium, with richer tones considered more valuable. Emeralds are typically 7.5-8 on the Mohs scale, making them slightly softer than rubies but still durable gems. They do tend to fracture easily, however, and need to be carefully set to ensure the delicate edges are protected. Emeralds are the May birthstone and also symbolize the twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.


Emerald Rings and Ruby Rings

Both emeralds and rubies are popular in a wide variety of ring styles. These gorgeous gems can easily stand on their own as solitaires in a variety of cut shapes, from classic round stones to square cuts, rectangular emerald cuts, and distinctive pear, heart, oval shapes, and more.

Emeralds and rubies also look stunning when paired with diamond accents or halos for extra sparkle, or they may themselves be used as colorful accents on diamond rings. Cocktail rings are a popular option to show off these colorful gems, and they’re found in a range of antique rings as well, such as Victorian designs, art nouveau styles, or Art Deco rings with bold colors and stark geometry.

Other popular ring designs for both emeralds and rubies include stacking bands, mother’s rings that showcase meaningful birthstones, and toi et moi or “twin” rings that feature two similarly- sized stones for equal distinction and flair.

5 Best Vintage Emerald and Vintage Ruby Rings

There are many vintage emerald and ruby ring choices that can be perfect engagement rings. The most popular and stunning emerald and ruby engagement rings include...

Vintage Emerald Cocktail Ring

An emerald cocktail ring is bold and eye-catching, making a statement with its size, design, and the fact that emeralds have long been associated with symbols of love, loyalty, and prosperity. Choosing an emerald cocktail ring for a proposal can symbolize your commitment to each other and your hopes for a bright and prosperous future together.





Vintage Ruby & Diamond Halo Ring

Choosing a Vintage Ruby & Diamond Halo Ring for a proposal is a bold and beautiful way to express your love and commitment to your partner. With its vibrant color, timeless elegance, and symbolic meaning, this stunning ring is sure to make a lasting impression and create a cherished memory of your special moment together.




Vintage Emerald & Baguette Diamond Ring

Emeralds are prized for their rich green color and are often associated with symbols of love, rebirth, and prosperity. Choosing emeralds as the centerpiece of your engagement ring adds a pop of color and personality, while baguette diamonds complement the emerald beautifully with their elongated shape and sparkle.




Three Stone Ruby Ring

The three stones in a three stone ring often symbolize the past, present, and future of a relationship. In the case of a this vintage ruby ring, each stone can represent different aspects of your relationship journey - the past memories you've shared, the present love you feel, and the future you envision together. Burma rubies, with their rich red color, symbolize passion, love, and commitment, making them a perfect choice for expressing your feelings.




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 Art Deco Emerald Ring

Art Deco rings have a timeless appeal that transcends trends and fads. Emeralds have been prized gemstones for centuries, admired for their beauty, durability, and symbolism. Choosing an Art Deco emerald ring allows you to evoke the glamour and elegance of a bygone era, adding a touch of vintage charm to your proposal.




Which Gemstone Ring to Choose?

Whether you prefer rubies or emeralds, choosing the best ring for either stone is the same. Consider your favorite jewelry styles and metal preferences, as well as your favorite color between red and green. Coordinate your jewelry with your preferred style and which gemstone you are likely to wear more often to ensure the ring becomes a favorite, signature piece.

Also note the birthstone, wedding anniversary, and color symbolism of both rubies and emeralds, and consider choosing a ring that best represents the most meaningful symbolism for you.

Having trouble choosing between emerald rings and ruby rings? Consider designs that feature both stones and don’t compromise by having to choose just one!


Antique Engagement Rings For Everyone:

No matter which gemstone is your favorite, these time-honored gemstones 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. If you’re looking for a unique engagement ring that tells the world that you’re passionately in love, a vintage garnet ring is a stunning choice. Find your dream ring today!

Find The Perfect Antique Engagement Ring:

Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and design. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of Gemstone Rings today!

Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started VintageDiamondRing.com in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.

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