The Redder The Better: Choosing Great Ruby Jewelry

Rubies have a place of honor in our “Previously Enjoyed” Collection. People are passionate about these gorgeous red gemstones. They’re a favorite of designers like Tiffany, Cartier and David Yurman, who give rubies the starring role in both fashion and bridal looks.

Here are some things to know when you’re choosing ruby jewelry for yourself or as a gift for someone special:

Color Counts: The Redder The Better! Rubies come in a wide range of hues, from a very pale pink to a super intense red known as pigeon’s blood. Darker stones are considered more desirable, but don’t be afraid to let your heart be your guide. If a paler ruby catches your eye, go for it – you’re the one who’s going to be wearing it!

There’s No Such Thing As A Flawless Ruby. Rubies have flaws. It’s how they’re made. In the stratospherically unlikely event a flawless ruby is found, it commands prices that are carat for carat much more expensive than the world’s finest diamonds. A ruby’s flaws don’t generally detract from the stone’s beauty or value; emeralds are the same way.

Rubies are a hard, hard gemstone. Not to get all science-professor on you, but rubies rate a 9 on the Mohs scale. They’re exceptionally hard – almost, but not quite as tough as diamonds. This means they can stand up to the wear and tear of being in a ring or bangle bracelet – settings where softer gemstones sometimes suffer. Of course, rubies are every bit as beautiful when they show up in earrings, pendants, necklaces and cuff links.

Rubies make great gifts for special occasions. We think every day that ends in “Y” can be celebrated with a gift of fine jewelry, but it’s possible we’re slightly biased. Traditionally, rubies are given on the fifteenth and fortieth wedding anniversary. Rubies are also July’s birthstone. Historically, rubies have also been given to soldiers or anyone headed into a dangerous situation, as they are reported to have protective powers.

We have great ruby jewelry in the store right now! The Jewelry Box of Lake Forest is Orange County’s largest, most trusted buyer of fine jewelry. That means people bring us some truly spectacular pieces of vintage, estate and designer jewelry, which finds new life as part of our Previously Enjoyed” Collection. We make a point of buying high quality ruby jewelry every chance we get. Come see what we have in our showcases right now. You’re sure to find something you’ll love.