Ruby engagement rings are dramatic and eye-catching. They're a great alternative to a traditional diamond—it just depends on your personal style!
Rubies are known for their fiery red color but from a gemological standpoint they are basically red sapphires. Besides the great red color and the fact that it's the official birthstone of July there are some other reasons why people may want to go with this particular gemstone.
For one, it's almost as hard as a diamond and for another, it's the color of love!
Ruby Rings Courtesy of Gemvara
Okay, we love the ones above too....But rubies just work so well with everything from white gold and platinum to yellow gold and even rose gold.
They're great in vintage inspired pieces like these....
Notice how the ruby red color complements the details in these antique style rings and harmonizes the design....From Victorian, to Art Deco, the 50s and everything in between, rubies blend in seamlessly with just about any period in history.
As you can see, they work well in contemporary or classic designs too....
Visit Gemvara's Ruby department to learn about any of the amazing rings on this page.
The ruby is very durable and hard—almost as hard as a diamond. It's also very lustrous with finer rubies reflecting light at diamond-like levels. Very large and transparent rubies are even rarer than diamonds so you can just imagine what one of those fetches.
The most expensive rubies are known as 'Burmese Rubies' or 'Pigeon's Blood Rubies' and are an amazing deep blood red color with a slightly bluish tint.
Today, most of the rubies on the market come from Thailand and have a brownish undertone. These Thailand rubies are often heat treated to increase their transparency by removing small internal flaws and also improve the stone's color.
|Color||Bright Red, Brownish-Red, Dark Red|
|Hardness (Mohs Scale 1-10)||9|
|Luster||Glossy to Brilliant or Diamond-like|
If you haven't already done so, think outside the jewelry-box and consider a ruby for your center stone—after all it is the color of love!
Ruby engagement rings are elegant and stylish so if you're in the market for one, make sure that you're buying it from a reputable retailer. Good retailers will sell both real and synthetic rubies and identify them clearly as being one or the other, while less reputable stores may not.