Choosing The Perfect Ruby and Diamond Ring

High Range

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  • 14k Ruby Diamond Halo Ring Heart Shape
  • $499*
  • 0.4 carats Round-cut Diamonds
  • 1.50 carats Ruby
  • 14K White Gold Ring
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  • 14k Gold, Enhanced Genuine Ruby and Diamond Ring Cushion-cut
  • $539.27*
  • 0.17 carats Very-good-cut Round Diamond
  • 2.20 carat Cushion-cut Ruby
  • 14K, 2 Grams, Gold Ring
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  • 14k White Gold Cushion-cut Ruby and Diamond Ring
  • $459.41*
  • 0.07 carats Round-cut Diamonds
  • 3.60 carats Ruby
  • 14k White Gold Ring
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  • 14K White Gold Gorgeous Cushion Halo Diamond and Ruby Ring
  • $730*
  • 0.5 carat round-cute Diamond
  • 0.85* round-cut Ruby
  • 14k White Gold Ring
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  • 10k Gold Ring with Ruby and Twin Gem Stones
  • $630*
  • 2mm Twin Diamond Stones
  • 0.45k round-cut Ruby
  • 10k Gold Ring
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  • Ruby and Diamond Engagement Ring & Wedding Band
  • $1,839*
  • 0.54 carrat twin Princess Cut Diamonds
  • 0.85 carrat Center Ruby
  • 14k White Gold Ring
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  • Black Gold Classic Square Halo Diamond With Ruby Engagment Ring
  • $880*
  • 0.23 carats round-cut Diamonds
  • 0.50 carats, Very good cut Round brilliant Ruby
  • 14k Black Gold Ring
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  • Victorian Style Ruby and Diamond Ring
  • $1,440*
  • 0.30 carats, Round-Brilliant-Shape Diamonds
  • 0.75 carats, Cushion-Cut Ruby
  • 14k White Gold Ring

Mid Range

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  • Sterling Silver Genuine Ruby and Diamond Ring
  • $354.65
  • 0.15 carats Diamond
  • 1.48 carats Ruby
  • Sterling Silver Ring
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  • White Gold Princess-cut Diamond and Ruby Ring
  • $349.99
  • 0.05 carats Diamond
  • 0.32 carats Ruby
  • 14K White Gold
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  • 14K Yellow Gold Diamond Enhanced Oval Ruby Ring
  • $364.89
  • 0.16 carats Diamond
  • 2.40 carats Ruby
  • 14K Yellow Gold Ring

Low Range

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  • Ruby and Diamond Accent Double Hearts
  • $125.09
  • 0.03 carats Round-cut Diamonds
  • 1.63 carats Heart-shaped Ruby
  • 10k Yellow Gold
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  • Ruby and Diamond Accent Love Knot Ring
  • $158.21
  • 1.5 carats Ruby
  • Round-cut Diamonds
  • 10k White Gold
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  • Ruby And Diamond Stackable Ring
  • $169.00
  • 0.16 carats Round-cut Diamonds
  • 0.17 carats Round-cut Ruby
  • 10K White Gold

Buyer’s Guide To Choosing The Right Ruby and Diamond Ring

Getting engaged is probably one of the most important and emotional moments in your life and this is why choosing the right ring to symbolize your love is key. An engagement ring is the first major step on the road to marriage. Usually worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, which is said to contain the vein of love, (vena armoris) an engagement ring is traditionally a gold ring set with a diamond. Nowadays however, there are many different options to choose from when it comes to the stone that cater to a variety of tastes with ruby being the most popular alternative.

The birth stone for those born in July, ruby represents desire and devotion making it an ideal choice for engagement or wedding rings. A ruby ring celebrates all aspects of love, be it passion, romance or sensuality just as red roses do.

Buying a ruby ring is much like purchasing a diamond ring, using the same 4Cs with diamonds. The band that holds the rubies, the setting and the precious metal have to be carefully considered to create a beautiful ring. Most jewelers will create ruby rings in several styles and patterns, but whether one wishes to purchase a ready-made ring or a ring of one’s own design, it is important to have good knowledge of the gemstone, the metal and the design.

Buying a diamond and ruby ring off the shelf

It is easy to buy any jewel off the shelf and with all manner of stores selling rings in thousands of designs and styles, the shopper is always spoilt for choice. The ready-made designs are attractive and quite a number of them as classics -time tested. One advantage of buying a ready-made ring is that you can try on various designs and styles available in the diamond and ruby department and choose what is best. In case you make a mistake, you can also return or exchanged within a stipulated time

Buying a self-designed diamond and ruby ring

Whether it is for the engagement or wedding, many couples want to make the occasion memorable by creating their own design for the ring. This is a gratifying and exciting process. The precious ring metal, the setting style for the stones, the rubies and or diamonds and the design of the ring must be planned with care. Most jewelers will guide you through the process of making customized rings, and will remain in touch with to ensure that the entire ring making process meets or exceeds your expectations.

Tips for choosing the perfect ruby and diamond ring

Several precious stones in various combination go into the making of the perfect ring. The manner in which gemstones are set into the precious metal is what brings about the dazzle and beauty of the stones and makes the ring unique.

Finding the right size

As much as she would want to wear the ring straight away and never take it off, it is not the end of the world if you have to get it resized. The jeweler you bought it from will usually do it for you unless you opted for a very unusual ring or an antique piece. The easiest way to find the right size is to get a ring that already fits the recipient’s ring finger, take it to the jeweler and get them to tell you the size. Alternatively, you can visit a site like bluenile.com where you can print out a ring sizing guide to do this yourself

The metal

Choosing the right metal for a ring is just as important as the diamond or ruby it will hold. Find the right one and you will end up with a ring that you and your fiancée will cherish forever as it will suit her style. Focus on determining style, then go ahead and find the right metal and color that complements this style. The style can be determined by the type of jewelry the future bride typically wear, now or in the future.

* Rose gold or yellow are good choices if you tend to gravitate towards warm tones.

* If you are drawn to cool hue such as silver-toned jewelry, the white gold or platinum are the best choices.

* Mixing metals such as yellow gold and whit gold is a smart option, since it makes it possible to complement any piece of existing jewelry.

The best metals are:

Platinum

This is a naturally white metal with a cool luster that showcases the sparkle and brilliance of diamonds beautifully. It is considered the most precious among jewelry metals and it is a popular choice for both engagement rings and wedding bands.

It is almost 5 times purer and rarer than gold. It is also durable, making it a good option for those who lead an active lifestyle. It is also hypoallergenic, so those with sensitive skin need not worry. Its sheen does not fade over time, making it unnecessary to re-plate your ring and due to its strength, it is a popular choice for setting diamonds.

Gold

This is a very versatile metal and the most common choice for jewelry. Since pure gold is too soft to be used for jewelry, it has to be combined with other metal alloys to increase its strength. The percentage of metal alloys in the mix, as well as their type determines the shade and color of gold. The colors that jewelry gold come in are:

* Yellow gold – This metal achieves its warm patina from the green hue of silver and the red of copper. Although it lost its favor to white gold for a while, it is slowly regaining its popularity.

* White gold – White gold gets its white silvery character from combining yellow gold with nickel, copper and zinc. It is then plated with a hard metal called rhodium that is 4 times more expensive than platinum the resists tanning and scratches and gives white gold its reflective appearance. It may however, wear away over time, requiring re-plating

* Rose gold – Romantic and unique, this has a pink warm hue created by combining yellow gold with a copper alloy.

* Green gold – While quite rare, rose gold look unusual but nature-inspired. It is characterized by a soft, pale green color created by mixing yellow god with silver, zinc and copper. It can be used together with white and rose gold for an interest, yet different tri-color look.

Note: 18k gold (whether yellow, white or rose gold) contains 75% gold and is therefore more expensive than 9k gold, which contains only 38% gold. Platinum is the toughest and longest lasting of these precious metals, but it is also the most expensive.

The perfect setting

Now that you understand the differences between various metals, it is now time to put the pieces together. Choose you metal, determine your style and complete the look with a brilliant ruby OR diamond

The stones

You should best familiarize yourself with the basic diamond and ruby quality factors, but do not get too hung up on the technical details. A good jeweler will help you find the best diamond stones for your money once you have chosen the style of ring and settles on a budget.

The ruby

Learn more about rubies and where they’re found in the video above.

The term ruby originates from the Latin “rubrum” meaning red rubies are obtained from the red mineral corundum. In a ruby ring, the main accent may be a large gemstone as the ring’s central attraction or it may be combined with smaller rubies, diamonds, opals or pearls. While keeping in mind the budget allocated to purchasing a ruby ring, you should still try to choose quality over size. The four Cs used for diamonds, representing carat, cut, clarity and color also apply to rubies.

* Carat – this refers to the ruby’s size and weight. It measures as one gemstone carat equaling 200 mg which translates to 5 carats weighing 1 gm. But unlike with diamonds, carat size is not that important when it comes to determining the ruby’s price.

* Cut – rubies are cut in a certain way to enhance their color. A deep cut on the stone brings out a deep, rich color while a shallow cut results in a light, brilliant hue. A ruby with a cabochon cut has a flat bottom and a domed top. The most complex cut is faceting, where the gemstone is cut so that there are several geometrically arranged flat surfaces of various sizes called facets. The different facets reflect light differently to bring out the brilliance of the ruby. The top of a faceted ruby is referred to as the crown while the middle west part is called the girdle and the tapering bottom faceted part is known as the pavilion. Faceted rubies are cut in various styles such as the popular brilliant cut, the emerald or step cut, and the mixed cut combining both brilliant and step cut.

* Clarity – small impurities do not affect the appearance of a ruby negatively. In fact, they mark the individuality of the stone and act as evidence of its natural origin, thereby enhancing its value.

* Color – almost half the value of ruby is derived from its transparency and color. An intense, eye-catching red is appealing and so are a range of shades, vivid and uniform in light orange, purple and dark orange. Color takes precedence over other factors when selecting a ruby.

The shape – While cut indicates symmetry, the ruby and come in many contours and shapes. Some of the popular shapes are indicated below

Round brilliant – most common ruby cut with 58 facets on girdle, crown and pavilion

Asscher cut – a stepped cut in a square ruby

Princess cut – a square shaped ruby

Emerald cut – similar to the stepped cut, but in a rectangular ruby

Oval – symmetrical, egg-shaped stone

Pear – shaped like a teardrop, with one rounded end and the other pointed

Marquise – also called navette, which means small boat shaped

Heart – heart shaped

Cushion – rectangular or square – cut with rounded corners resembling a pillow

Trillion – Triangular shape

Ask the jeweler if the ruby is natural or treated. Natural rubies are the best, but rubies are then subjected to heat treatments to enhance transparency and color. The kind of heat treatment the ruby has been subjected to has a significant effect on price. Thermally enhanced ones that are only subjected to plain heating without the use of chemicals are significantly more expensive than those that have been subjected to flux treatments, or treated with purifying agents such as borax, bismuth, beryllium, and lead.

The diamonds

Want to know how diamonds are cut? Watch the video above.

For diamond rings, the final set of consideration involves two main factors, the size of the gem and its quality. When selecting the perfect diamond for your ring, first determine what is most important to you within a given budget – quality, size or a trade-off between the two. Most people start with size, since this is the most visually apparent aspect of a diamond. Always remember that while a carat is actually a unit of weight, it can also be used to approximate the size of a diamond. You may find the measurements of a diamond another useful indication of its actual dimensions, as seen face up.

If you are on a small budget, buy lots of small diamonds for big effect. A diamond clustering is a ring made up of lots of small diamonds grouped together, rather than one solitaire diamond. Several small diamonds will actually cost you less than one big one.

Cut grade is the most important factor in determining the overall appearance of a diamond because poorly cut diamonds appear dull even if they have excellent color and clarity. Even if size is a primary concern, avoid poorly cut diamonds. This is an unacceptable trade – despite the lower price.

If you are going for a ring with superior brilliance, choose a diamond with a cut grade of Excellent or Very Good for round diamonds and Better or Good in fancy shape diamonds.

Ruby set in diamonds

The fiery red rich hue of ruby sure sets the perfect tone for the beginning of a lifelong romance and companionship, and what better than to have the large ruby surrounded by smaller white sparkling diamonds. The white sparkle of the diamonds draws attention to the central piece of the ring – the ruby – since the stone symbolizes uniqueness, trust and truth. A combination of diamond and ruby in a ring symbolizes commitment, love and life.

Conclusion

Rings adorned with gemstones like ruby have become as popular as diamond rings. These rings can also feature a combination of rubies with diamonds, opals or pearls and are available off-the-shelf at jeweler stores but you can also have your own customized ring made from a scratch where you have to purchase the rubies or diamonds and have them set in a band made from a precious metal of your choice. Ultimately, the beauty of the ring is the eye of the beholder. Choose a stone with the right cut and polish and select a timeless design to ensure that you leave the jeweler’s shop with a ring that will be the envy of all.