Ruby Engagement Rings: The Ultimate Choice
Nothing epitomizes love, commitment, and passion like the color red. And while ruby may not necessarily be the first precious gemstone that comes to mind when thinking about engagement rings, they are nonetheless the ultimate choice if you want to show the love of your life that you are ready to start a new life with her. Ruby engagement rings have always been preferred to the other engagement rings with precious gemstones like diamond, emerald, and sapphire. And the reason is quite simple – ruby symbolizes love, passion, courage, and protection. Besides, ruby is undoubtedly the king of the gemstones.
Giving engagement rings has been traced back to ancient Egypt although it is largely believed that the Greeks introduced it to the Western world after its adoption from Egypt. However, records show it was the Romans that had very detailed descriptions of how and why engagement rings were given in the first place. The engagement ring signified that there will be nothing that can break the promise of marriage between the man and the woman he loves.
Ruby engagement rings follow in the tradition of the first use of gemstone in engagement rings. It was in the Renaissance period when diamonds were first used as an ornament on the engagement ring of Mary of Burgundy by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria. It is the aggressive marketing campaign of De Beers in the late 1930s that created the impression that diamonds are forever. This is the reason why diamonds were always equated with members of the nobility, the wealthy, and those of the social elite.
What many do not know is that, even before the use of diamonds, rubies were already being used by nobility. Rubies are known in the gemstone world as the undisputed ruler of all gemstones. For thousands of years, rubies were highly regarded as the world’s most valuable gemstone. Its magnificent color, superb brilliance, and excellent hardness make it the perfect choice for members of the noble class. Ancient kings and queens were known to use these fiery red gemstones in their rings and as ornaments to their crowns and staffs. Present-day royalties still have rubies in their royal insignias. And while there were no ruby engagement rings yet in the ancient world, the mere fact that these gemstones were already being used by members of the ruling class, the nobility and the royalty, is a testament to ruby’s position as the world’s ultimate gemstone.
The key to choosing the best and highest quality ruby you can give to your loved one is looking at its color. For the best and truly top luxury ruby look for the Burmese ruby. This gemstone has a rich, full red color with a slight bluish hue.
If you are browsing engagement rings and you are in the Sacramento area, you’re in luck because Adam’s Jewelers has a great selection. Swing by to shop our incredible selection and you are sure to find the perfect ring to show your loved one that you are ready to seal the deal.
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