Ruby Rings

9ct Yellow Gold 0.88ct Ruby & Diamond Ring

9ct Yellow Gold 0.88ct Ruby & Diamond Ring

£353.00

9ct Yellow Gold 0.57ct Ruby & Diamond Ring

9ct Yellow Gold 0.57ct Ruby & Diamond Ring

£122.00

9ct Yellow Gold 0.43ct Ruby & Diamond Ring

9ct Yellow Gold 0.43ct Ruby & Diamond Ring

£202.00

9ct Yellow Gold Five Ruby Ring

9ct Yellow Gold Five Ruby Ring

£143.00

9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

£223.00

925 Silver Contemporary Ruby Ring

925 Silver Contemporary Ruby Ring

£35.00

Silver Marcasite & Ruby Ring

Silver Marcasite & Ruby Ring

£64.00

9ct Yellow Gold 0.31ct Ruby & Diamond Half Eternity Ring

9ct Yellow Gold 0.31ct Ruby & Diamond Half Eternity Ring

£109.00

9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

£203.00

9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

£388.00

9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

£195.00

9ct Yellow Gold 0.99ct Ruby & Diamond Ring

9ct Yellow Gold 0.99ct Ruby & Diamond Ring

£280.00

9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

9ct Yellow Gold Ruby & Diamond Ring

£454.00

9ct White Gold 0.56ct Ruby & Diamond Ring

9ct White Gold 0.56ct Ruby & Diamond Ring

£214.00

The big four in gemstones are diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies. The Bible says that "The price of wisdom is above rubies". The ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum including a small amount of chromium. The ruby is the zodiac stone for Capricorn and the birthstone for July. It is the second hardest natural mineral, after the diamond. The ruby is associated with love, passion, integrity, success and promise.

Rubies can be pale pink or deep red, with the most desirable colour being the so-called "pigeon blood red". Arguably the best rubies come from Burma, although they are also found in India, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania and Sri Lanka.

The ruby is one of the gems that have been most highly prized throughout history. Often it was thought to have magical powers; often it was worn by royalty as a sort of talisman to ward off evil. In some myths, the ruby was thought to show imminent danger by growing darker. In the right hands, the ruby would return to its original colour as soon as the danger had past. Other qualities attributed to the ruby are heat and power. Some ancient tribes thought that tossing a ruby into a pot of water would instantly bring it to the boil. In other words, rubies have a long history of being prized for their beauty and their power.

Nowadays, rubies are prized for their beauty more than for their occult properties. Frequently, rubies are paired with diamonds or with pearls. Both of these gems serve to offset the drama of a ruby with a quieter backdrop, or foil. Solitaire ruby rings are rare, in part because rubies of sufficient size to make an impressive ring are rare. More often than not, the ring will consist of a significant ruby, surrounded or embellished by many small diamonds, or less often, but more dramatically, by pearls. Sometimes, rubies are combined with other stones to form a Mother's ring where each different stone represents the birth-stone of a child. Rubies are popular as eternity rings or half-eternity rings given to symbolize the enduring quality of a marriage. In these rings rubies are most often interspersed with diamonds of equal or lesser value.

Pave rubies, or small stones set into a ring as a background, or field, against which other stones can be placed are very popular. Alternatively, a large ruby set against a diamond pavé background can be stunning. Very few women have a ruby solitaire ring, which is undoubtedly a ring to make a statement. The Antiques Roadshow sometimes comes across a ring or set of gems that is worthy of mention. Ruby rings, necklaces or parures (that is, sets of necklace, ring, and earrings) are uncommon on the Roadshow, but they undoubtedly exist, and appear from time to time.

Rubies exist in many different qualities. Therefore, it is quite possible to find a ruby ring, more or less flashy, for an amount that will not break the bank. But one must realize that an inexpensive ruby ring, more than likely, is not a ring of great significance.

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