How to tell Great Ruby from Bad Ruby 101

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Since: Nov 11

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Jan 4, 2012
Itís no wonder ancient civilizations from India to China and beyond viewed the ruby as the king of all gemstones: The rubyís rich, luxurious color evokes love, passion and power more than any other stone, and its healing powers are central to myths the world over. And because the ruby is one of the rarest of all stones, finding one with exceptional color and cut is a true wonder to behold.

Diamond & Estate Trust's ruby collection: From left, a 2.21-carat no heat round ruby; a 2.75-carat no heat oval ruby; and a magificent 3.75-carat no heat round ruby.

If wonderment is what youíre after, look no further than our collection of stunning rubies. Unlike many rubies, which are heat-treated to achieve the highly coveted pigeon blood color, these three rubies from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection possess regal dark-red hues and range from 2.21 carats to a luxurious 3.75, which is truly magnificent considering rubies are generally the smallest of the precious gems. The first is a 2.21 carat no heat ruby in round shape, the second a 2.75 carat no heat ruby in an oval shape, and the third is an astounding 3.75 carat no heat ruby in a round shape. Whether a round or oval ruby suits your aesthetic, consider one of these stones as a centerpiece for a jaw-dropping ring or a powerful bracelet, which Diamond & Estate Trust can set in a custom piece.

Rubies have been a focal point of jewelry for centuries, wildly popular among Victorian designers and during the Art Deco period as eye-catching accent stones. Since then, the ruby has maintained its extravagance and high value, with the darkest hue, pigeonís blood, the most coveted. The most expensive ruby ever sold was an 8.3-carat Burmese gem óat $3.63 million, thatís $425,000 per carat! Recognizing the rubyís historical significance and beauty, the Smithsonian houses the magnificent 23.1-carat Carmen Lucia Ruby mined in Burma in the 1930s.

Above: A vintage 18K gold Cartier ring with a 1.5-carat round ruby and diamond accents (left), and a vintage 5.19-carat pigeonís blood ruby ring flanked by round diamonds, both available from Diamond & Estate Trust.

Cultural icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Fergie, the Duchess of York, have long chosen ruby rings as symbols of love and luxury. And Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was known for wearing a 17.68-carat ruby ring that sold for $290,000 in 1996. Want to channel the style of these icons? The Diamond & Estate Trust collection features an exquisite 18K gold Cartier ruby ring with a 1.5-carat round ruby and 1.75 carats of diamond accents. This 1980s designer piece has French hallmarks and all the signatures of Cartier elegance. For a more modern ruby look, our 5.19 carat pigeonís blood oval ruby ring is truly a stunner. Itís not everyday we come across a pigeonís blood ruby as massive and rich as the one in this vintage 5.19 carat ruby ring. The oval ruby is flanked by two round diamonds and bears a striking resemblance to Jessica Simpsonís ruby engagement ring.

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