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What Does a Ruby Engagement Ring Mean?

27th May 2021

by Kundan Challa

ruby engagement ring meaning

The birthstone for those born in July and a magnificent rich red-coloured gemstone, the ruby is a beautiful alternative to the diamond for an engagement ring. This stunning red gemstone has been a favourite in jewellery for centuries and is held in high regard by royalty. But what does a ruby engagement ring mean? We discuss this further in our article. 

Ruby origin

Rubies originate from several places such as Burma, India, Afghanistan and Australia. Ruby is a rare fancy coloured gemstone, held in high regard, particularly for its beautiful red hue. Although red ruby engagement rings are the favoured choice, blue rubies have also been made fashionable by modern brides. 

Ruby history

Rubies are rich in history and deemed one of the most important coloured gemstones. These precious gemstones have been mentioned in the Bible, worn by royalty, and believed to provide love, peace, courage and wisdom. The Ancient Hindus thought that by offering rubies, known as “the king of precious stones,” to the god Krishna, they would be granted rebirth as emperors.

Popular ruby engagement rings

Ruby engagement rings are a popular choice - in fact, rubies are the second most popular stone for engagement rings. The most popular ruby engagement rings tend to be oval or round rubies in halo settings. Rubies are typically paired with yellow gold to complement their hue, but look just as good in platinum, rose gold or white gold settings. Ruby diamond rings have long been held in high regard by royalty and, with their beautiful antique charm, we can see why. 

What does a ruby engagement ring mean?

Ruby engagement rings symbolise desire, love and passion - derived from their beautiful red hue. It is believed a ruby engagement ring will nurture love and passion within a relationship and keep the marriage strong. Many legends told how the ruby was not a gemstone but instead a hardened fire that could set hearts aflame. Ruby means “stone of nobility” and, along with love, is thought to bring peace and courage.

Best shapes for ruby engagement rings

ruby meaning

The most popular shapes for ruby engagement rings are round and oval cut. Beautiful circular shapes accentuate the best qualities of the ruby and sit well in the most popular setting styles. 

The best shapes for ruby engagement rings are:

Round ruby engagement rings

Round rubies are a popular shape for ruby engagement rings and suit many setting types, such as simple solitaire and halo settings. 

Oval ruby engagement rings

Oval rubies are the most popular fancy shape for ruby engagement rings. The elongated shape of oval ruby engagement rings provides a beautiful antique finish that is favoured by many. 

Emerald ruby engagement rings

Emerald-cut rubies are also another popular ruby engagement ring shape. Emerald-cut rubies have a vintage-style appearance and look particularly striking within a halo setting. 

Best settings for ruby engagement rings

The best settings for ruby engagement rings are halo, trilogy and solitaire settings. Ruby halo engagement rings tend to be the most popular setting style and usually combine a ruby at the centre surrounded by a halo of diamonds. A halo setting provides a beautiful vintage finish adored by fans of coloured precious gemstones

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