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Everything You Need to Know About Ruby Engagement Rings: A Guide to Ring Styles and Costs - History, Meaning, Quality, Prices

By Tiffany Carter, January 16, 2021

ruby can range in color from pink to blood-red.  Like sapphires, rubies are part of the mineral corundum family. Other varieties of gem-quality corundum are called sapphires. Ruby is one of the traditional favorite gems, along with  sapphireemerald, and diamond among today's modern brides. The word ruby comes from the Latin for red, namely ruber. Rubies derive their glorious red color from chromium. Spinels, have historically been called rubies, such as the Black Prince's Ruby in the British Crown Jewels.

Factors Affecting Rubies Value

The quality of a ruby depends on its color, cut, clarity and with carat weight. The brightest and the world's finest red rubies command a large premium over other rubies of similar quality from other mines. Like diamonds, a high clarity stone will command the highest prices, but a ruby without any needle-like rutile inclusions may indicate that the stone has been color enhanced or treated. Ruby is the birthstone for those born in July  and the traditional gift for 40th wedding anniversary.

Moh's Hardness Scale

Ranking 9.0 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, rubies are the second hardest natural gems in the world, just behind diamonds, which means they are durable enough to withstand the everyday wear that your engagement ring is subjected through. 

Like diamonds, rubies are graded using criteria known as the GIA four Cs, namely color, cut, clarity and carat weight. Rubies value is also determined on the basis of their geographic origin.

Like other jewelry, the price for an engagement ring depends on the design and style of the ring you prefer, whether it contains a gemstone or diamond. The price of the colored gemstone depends on the quality of the gem. Diamonds are graded by their carat weight, color, clarity, and cut (also known as GIA 4Cs). Other gemstones, such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are graded by different factors.  You may choose a jewelry because of a family tradition, prefer an unique personal style, want socially responsible features (a ring style that is not associated with blood diamonds or mercury-free ethical gold), to fit your budget and style. Man made stones and diamond substitutes such as czs are also popular choices for couples who desire socially responsible materials and lower cost while achieving the same appearance.

How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring

The idea that a man should spend three months salary for an engagement ring originated from De Beers marketing campaigns in the 20th century in order to sell more diamonds. Rubies also tend to be more affordable than diamonds. On average, the price of a ruby is $1,000 per carat. We will help you find the gem that suits your budget and style.

Diamonds are by far the most popular choice for engagement rings since De Beers marketing campaigns. A large single diamond solitaire rings are most common setting for engagement rings, which was popularized by Tiffany & Co and its four-prong setting continues be popular with today's modern brides. The most popular cut for an engagement ring is the round brilliant cut, which achieves the maximum amount of sparkle. Also popular are three stone engagement rings with side stones. These rings usually have a single large diamond set in the center and smaller diamonds on the sides. The three diamonds or colored gemstones on the ring are believed to symbolize the couple's past, present, and future.

Ancient Traditions & Cultures

In many cultures, the engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger of your left hand. In ancient times, people used to believe that a vein of love from this finger ran directly to the heart.

Ruby engagement rings have been the ultimate symbol of love for thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, they wore rings on the third finger of the left hand to mark where the 'vein of love' went directly to the heart, starting a tradition that continues today. When pledging your love with one of our unique Ruby Engagement Rings, you are starting your own family tradition or passing down a family heirloom. The most important value factor to consider when shopping for Ruby Engagement Rings is the design of the ring and quality of the center stone. We hand-select top quality conflict-free gems that are expertly cut for maximum beauty and color. Our beautiful selection of Ruby Engagement Rings by our expert jewelry designers means you can find one of our Ruby Engagement Rings that perfectly symbolizes your loving lifelong relationship. Sndgem's fine quality Ruby Engagement Rings are designed to be passed down for generations to come, crafted by hand in the United States.

July's birthstone, the ruby, is known as the king of precious gemstones, have been prized by royalty throughout the ages. 

Ruby Properties

Durability = Excellent
Hardness = 9.0
Refractive Index = 1.762
Specific Gravity = 4.00

Meaning of the Ruby

The ruby has long been associated with love and passion, but the ruby is also believed to imbue the wearer with trust, knowledge, and the ability to make the right decisions in married life. For couples interested in ruby engagement rings, this gemstone - which symbolizes long lasting passion and affection - is a symbol of a loving lifelong relationship. Peace-wise, it is said that the ruby can settle fights between lovers.

Today with so many couples getting divorced, a ruby engagement ring has become an increasingly popular choice between partners.

Non-traditional Engagement Rings: What the Ruby Symbolizes.

For those who are lucky enough to be born in July with a ruby as your birthstone, in the ancient times, ruby - or ratnaraj - means the 'king of gems'. It was highly prized by the royalty throught the ages.

The Burmese rubies are famous for it's pigeon's blood hue and these gems are considered the finest in the world, but other important rubies are also found in Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Australia.

While diamonds are thought to symbolize strength and eternity, sapphires represent truth and fidelity, and rubies have long been associated with love, passion and protection.

For those who are lucky enough to be born in July with a regal ruby as your birthstone, in the ancient times, ruby was known as the 'the king of the gems'. Rubies have been prized by royalty throughout the ages. Rubies symbolize romance and passion making a perfect gemstone alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring.

Because red has long been associated with love and passion, a ruby makes a fitting focal point for an romantic non-diamond engagement ring.

Although diamonds previously ruled the engagement ring world, the diamond paired with the ruby in the 17th and 18th centuries in toi et moi ring, in order to symbolize eternity and love.

Rubies are actually red sapphires, one of the 8 gemstones from the Corundum family. In fact, if a ruby is any other color but red, it's no longer called a ruby.

Ruby, therefore, is a fabulous choice as the center stone for an engagement ring. Obtained from the mineral corundum, it has a rating of 9 on Mohs scale.

A royal favorite, a ruby engagement ring stone symbolizes love and passion. Learn how to find the gem that best fits your budget and style.

Ruby can give fresh perspective to engagement rings and wedding bands. We will help you select the very best ruby for her.

Ruby engagement rings are the perfect gemstone alternative to the ever-popular diamond engagement ring. This fiery red jewel is an eternal symbol of romance.

Our ruby engagement ring are available in diamond halo, solitaire, vintage, three-stone, classic and other popular styles at best price.

Ruby Mining

Since ancient times, the majority of the worlds rubies were mined in Myanmar (Burma), specifically the Mogok Valley in the upper region of the country. More recently there has been a considerable amount of mining in the center of Myanmar, in the area of Mong Hsu. Additional sources for rubies have been Thailand, Australia, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Brazil, Namibia, India, Japan, and Colombia.

Myanmar is known to produce some of the finest rubies that exist on the market, although it wasnt always considered the legitimate source. The sanctions in Myanmar were lifted by President Obama and trading with that country is considered legitimate today.

Often more valuable than diamonds, the most coveted pigeon blood-red rubies have traditionally come from the ancient Mogok mines, or Myanmar. Today, these mines are almost depleted, so the prices of Burmese rubies are well beyond the budget of most modern brides. Add to this the US embargo on gemstones from Myanmar and it is easy to understand why gem collectors have turned elsewhere in their search for the perfect redgem. And so it is that Gemfield's African rubies are increasingly popular and adding their flash of rich purple red color to high jewellery pieces.

Sometimes called  Toi et Moi - meaning as 'you and me' - this style was very popular in Victorian era jewelry and often paired a diamond with a colored gemstone - a sapphire and diamond for fidelity and truth, or a ruby and diamond for passion and devotion. These styles continue to be a favorite among today's brides.

Shining bright with the color of love and passion, a ruby engagement ring is the ultimate symbol of romance. The extremely rare and highly sought after ruby is the ultimate Valentines Day gift.

The ruby is known all over the world as a symbol of love, romance and passion. With so many elegant and unique designs to choose from, a ruby engagement ring is a fantastic way to celebrate your love and commitment. 

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