A Perfect Guide for Buying Ruby Jewelry Gifts

A ruby’s vibrant red color and its hardness make it a stunning jewelry wear for all occasions. Rubies, along with their sister sapphires, are formed from the mineral corundum and is exquisite in any form, whether as an engagement ring or as earrings, pendants or bracelets. The ruby is one of the five cardinal gems along with diamond, sapphire, emerald, and amethyst.

When looking for your perfect ruby, it is important to know ruby’s unique qualities that make it so valuable. In this guide, we walk you through on getting your perfect ruby.

4 C’s of Ruby

  • Color

Color is one of the most important factors determining ruby quality and consists of three qualities: hue, tone, and saturation:

Hue: The primary hue of ruby should be red. True, vivid red, purplish red, orange red, and rose red are common variations of rubies’ hues. However, what hue you would prefer comes down to personal taste.

Tone: A ruby of any hue may have a light, medium, or dark tone. The most valuable rubies tend to have medium darkness, i.e. they are not so dark as to appear almost black. Look for rubies that are not too light or too dark.

Saturation: It refers to how intense the hue of the stone is. The more intense the color, the more precious we consider the ruby, than those whose color is not as vivid.

  • Clarity

It is very common for rubies to have some inclusions inside it. Make sure they are as few as possible, though. Although you cannot expect a ruby to be perfectly flawless, the highest quality gemstones will be eye-clean, i.e. there won’t be any flaws visible with the naked eye.

  • Cut

A ruby’s cut refers to how the stone is faceted, its dimensions, and overall symmetry. Unlike with diamonds, rubies are not graded on cut quality. The cut is much less important to consider than the ruby’s color and clarity. But as is the case with most gemstones, the true glow of the ruby is only revealed after a quality cut that maximizes light return and color.

  • Carat

Gem-quality rubies larger than 1 carat are very rare, and larger than 2 carats rarer still. The price of rubies per carat shoots up dramatically at those sizes.

Treatment

Heat treatment is a very common practice with rubies and it is used to remove rutile inclusions and to enhance color tone and saturation. Unlike colored diamonds, this process is not dissimilar to the natural processes the stones undergo in nature so it does not have a significant effect on price. As with other gemstones, filling fissures or fractures with polymers, resins or leaded glass will adversely affect the value of a stone.

Synthetic Rubies For A Lower Budget

Synthetic ruby has the same chemical structure as a naturally occurring ruby with the only difference being that it was created in a lab by humans. That doesn’t make them a fake ruby. One difference is that synthetic rubies will generally be flawless as opposed to natural stones which are bound to have microscopic inclusions.

MySolitaire gives you endless options and allow you to browse within a specific price range and style.

These astounding Ruby and Diamond Earrings showcase a vivacious Ruby, accented with a dazzling Diamond prong set each in 18K White Gold. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.06 Carats. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 1.18 Carats. Perfect earrings with the passionate red color.
These astounding Ruby and Diamond Earrings showcase a vivacious Ruby, accented with a dazzling Diamond prong set each in 18K White Gold. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.06 Carats. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 1.18 Carats. Perfect earrings with the passionate red color.

 

These attractive Synthetic Ruby Stud Earrings display an AA quality round Synthetic Ruby each four prongs set in 14K White Gold. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 2.40 Carats. These earrings are designed to glow up your look.
These attractive Synthetic Ruby Stud Earrings display an AA quality round Synthetic Ruby each four prongs set in 14K White Gold. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 2.40 Carats. These earrings are designed to glow up your look.

 

This classy Ruby Diamond Seven Stone Ring exhibits four rubies accentuated with three White Diamonds shared prong set in 14K Yellow Gold. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 0.16 Carats. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.09 Carats. This gorgeous ring radiates sheer elegance.
This classy Ruby Diamond Seven Stone Ring exhibits four rubies accentuated with three White Diamonds shared prong set in 14K Yellow Gold. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 0.16 Carats. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.09 Carats. This gorgeous ring radiates sheer elegance.

 

This enticing pendant flaunts a Ruby bejeweled with two fabulous Diamonds prong set in 18K White Gold. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.23 Carats. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 0.41 Carats. The pendant comes finished with an 18 inch 18K White Gold Cable Link Chain.
This enticing pendant flaunts a Ruby bejeweled with two fabulous Diamonds prong set in 18K White Gold. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.23 Carats. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 0.41 Carats. The pendant comes finished with an 18 inch 18K White Gold Cable Link Chain.

 

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A Reliable Guide on Buying Sapphire Jewelries

Instantly recognizable, sapphire is one of the hardest mineral found on earth with typically a rich blue color. Other colors include pink, white, and red (which are rubies). Sapphire is also the birthstone of September. This gemstone symbolizes purity, loyalty, and trust. With its alluring blue color, notable clarity and hardness, sapphire is the one of the most popular gemstones. Natural and lab-created sapphire jewelries make for impressive gifts to give your loved ones.

A Brief History

It is believed by many that sapphire derived its name from the Greek word ‘sapheiros’ which means blue. In the 13th century, it was said that if a person was untrue to their partner, the sapphire ring they wore would change color. So sapphires used to be a test of fidelity which made them a favorite with erstwhile kings and clergy.  Later, in the 18th and 19th centuries, diamonds from South America and Africa were available in plenty and hence their prices declined. This led many to conclude that sapphires, rubies, and emeralds were more valuable and rare than diamonds.  As a result, engagement rings with colored gemstones such as sapphire were more valued.

The most famous royal blue sapphire engagement ring in modern history was of Princess Diana’s sapphire ring, which Prince Harry gave to his fiancée, Catherine Middleton on their engagement. This ring features a 12 carat oval, blue diamond surrounded by a halo of 14 solitaire diamonds and is revered all over the world.

Along with being romantic symbols of commitment, sapphires are also said to boost productivity and keep the wearer from negative thoughts.

Today, young couples buy sapphire jewelry because of these very qualities like sincerity, truth, faithfulness and nobility. Blue, pink, or yellow, you get all the sapphire jewelry designs at MySolitaire.

4Cs of Sapphire

  • Color

A sapphire’s worth is determined by a combination of hue, tone and saturation. Hue is your first impression of a gem’s basic color. Tone is the darkness or lightness of a color. Saturation is a color’s strength or intensity.

The most highly valued blue sapphires will be cornflower blue in color without any modifying colors, such as gray, green or black. The saturation should be as strong as possible without darkening the tone. Also, it is important to examine a stone from all angles to determine the presence or degree of zoning (unattractive colors) before making a purchasing decision. Go for sapphires that aren’t blue as they are a great option if you want the unique appeal of a colorful center stone for a lesser price.

  • Cut

The stone’s cut isn’t as important as the cut of a diamond as it’s difficult to notice inclusion on darker gemstones. Asterism in a sapphire will only be revealed if the stone is cut as a cabochon. Look for a cabochon with a symmetrical outline and a star that’s centered when the gem rests on its base. The dome of the cabochon should be a bit high—about two-thirds of the stone’s width—to focus the star sharply. An oval-cut one has an inherited feel, while a round bezel setting gives off a contemporary touch.

  • Clarity

Sapphires with extremely high clarity are rare. So, need not to worry looking for a flawless stone as long as there aren’t major dark inclusions. Besides, the price comes down significantly with more inclusions on the gemstone.

  • Carat

Sapphires can range in size from a few points to hundreds of carats. Generally, blue sapphires weigh less than 5 carats as large sapphires are exceedingly rare.

Treatment

Heating is one common treatment, particularly for blue sapphires. The results are stable and durable, and heat-treated blue sapphires typically retain their enhanced effects permanently. Because of this, the practice is commonly accepted in the colored stone market.

Look for sapphires with beautiful, custom designed settings done by our artisans!

This beautiful Natural Blue Sapphire ring displays a vivid trillion shaped Natural Blue Sapphire flashing thirty-six dazzling Diamonds prong set in 14K White Gold. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.24 Carats. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 1.92 Carats. A ring ideal to compliment you. The Total Gold Weight of the Ring is 5.01 Grams.
This beautiful Natural Blue Sapphire ring displays a vivid trillion shaped Natural Blue Sapphire flashing thirty-six dazzling Diamonds prong set in 14K White Gold. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.24 Carats. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 1.92 Carats. A ring ideal to compliment you. The Total Gold Weight of the Ring is 5.01 Grams.

 

This majestic Pink Sapphire Solitaire Scroll Pendant displays an AAA quality Pear-shaped Pink Sapphire prong set in 14K Yellow Gold. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 0.51-0.56 Carats. This pendant comes finished with an 18-inch 14K Yellow Gold Singapore Chain.
This majestic Pink Sapphire Solitaire Scroll Pendant displays an AAA quality Pear-shaped Pink Sapphire prong set in 14K Yellow Gold. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 0.51-0.56 Carats. This pendant comes finished with an 18-inch 14K Yellow Gold Singapore Chain.

 

This startling White Sapphire and Diamond Ring beholds an AAA quality emerald-cut White Sapphire, accented with 34 enticing Diamonds prong set in 14K White Gold. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 1.65 Carats. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.40 Carats. Wear this ring for a flash of exuberance.
This startling White Sapphire and Diamond Ring beholds an AAA quality emerald-cut White Sapphire, accented with 34 enticing Diamonds prong set in 14K White Gold. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 1.65 Carats. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.40 Carats. Wear this ring for a flash of exuberance.

 

This one-of-a-kind Blue Sapphire Earrings behold two oval shaped Blue Sapphires, bedecked with ten shimmering Diamonds each prong set in 14K White Gold. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 1. 34 Carats. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.10 Carats. Stunning earrings to verve-up your look.
This one-of-a-kind Blue Sapphire Earrings behold two oval shaped Blue Sapphires, bedecked with ten shimmering Diamonds each prong set in 14K White Gold. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 1. 34 Carats. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.10 Carats. Stunning earrings to verve-up your look.

 

This is a beautiful solitaire blue sapphire pendant with a VS quality diamond accent. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 0.59 Carats. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.03 Carats. The pendant comes finished with a 18K White Gold Singapore Chain.
This is a beautiful solitaire blue sapphire pendant with a VS quality diamond accent. Approximate Gemstone Weight: 0.59 Carats. Approximate Diamond Weight: 0.03 Carats. The pendant comes finished with a 18K White Gold Singapore Chain.

 

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