Whenever I go to a jewelry counter my eyes zoom past the amethyst rings, pearls and even diamonds, straight to the rubies. I’m drawn to them like a bull to a red cloth. And I’m not alone – ruby rings have long been prized for their beauty, dramatic red hue and value.
Why People Choose Ruby Rings
Many like to wear ruby rings because of the strongly colored stone, others wear them because they were born in July and ruby is their birthstone. Some like a variety of colorful gemstones to match with different outfits. Also, ruby is a durable stone, coming in at 9 on the Mohs hardness scale, so that it is less prone to chipping and breaking than many gems, which makes it ideal for ruby rings, which can knocked around quite a bit in the course of a day.
Types of Ruby Rings
There many, many choices of ruby rings available on the market. There are womens ruby rings and mens rings. Ruby engagement ring settings and ruby cocktail rings. Modern and antique ruby rings.
Ruby Ring Prices
While it is true that rubies are some of the most valuable gems around, a variety of factors determine the price of a ruby ring, and there are quite a few cheap ruby rings available. The color of the ruby affects value, with a rich red being the most costly, and lighter or dark reds less so. Clearer gems are more expensive than cloudy rubies or those with visible inclusions. If all other factors are equal, a larger ruby will cost more than a smaller one, and round rubies are generally more expensive than pear or marquise cuts.
The ring setting also affects the price of a ruby. The type of metal used for the setting is important, with platinum more valuable than gold, which is more valuable than silver. The size and style of the setting is key, so a thick, highly embellished setting will generally fetch a higher price than a thin, simple one.
Ruby Ring Quality
While rubies are one of the most valuable gems, the quality of the stone used in the ring can vary quite a bit. One factor of quality is the color. The best rubies will have a deep red color, but not too dark like a garnet, and not too light. Pink stones are usually considered pink sapphires rather than rubies. The clarity of the stone also determines quality, with clearer stones being more valuable than cloudy stones with visible inclusions.