Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ruby, Ruby, Ruby.

I do not make many things in Ruby.  The reason is purely selfish and old school.

See, I was born with deep red-auburn hair, but not with a pale enough complexion to pull off wearing any red other than deep wine.  So, I generally do not make Rubies, since I can rarely wear them anyhow.

Until I found the deep wine of some Indian rubies. 

Now, those I can wear.

Now, for someone who makes fine high-end gemstone jewelry such as myself, cutting out an entire stone is simply not good for business.  No matter how much I am hurt by the cold-hard truth or my hair color and complexion.

Rubies, clear, perfect, untouched rubies are so few and far between that larger rubies are actually worth more than their diamond counterparts.  Those that are translucent rather than the naturally opaque are even far more expensive.  With rubies, the four c's are heavily in play as well.

Rubies are a heart stone.  Which is really kind of cool, because ALL natural rubies have imperfections...and honestly so do all natural hearts. The heart is a fickle organ.

Royalty have long enjoyed Rubies, as well as the 'sister stone' of Star Rubies.  Many princesses and Queens of Europe have embedded rubies within their tiera's.  Including Queen Elizabeth II, who owns the "Burmese Ruby Tiera."

The rubies I treasure most, however, are riddled with imperfections, and on some level you can still tell they were once a stone, complete with geological imperfections.

However, on a buying trip recently, I found these stunning specimens:

While the reflective photo may leave something to be diesired, there is not much so lovely as a set of rubies draped in standard yellow gold.  Ruby Earrings
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