Rubies have been considered to be stones of significance by many cultures, for many centuries.
Ancient civilisations believed that rubies held the power to life, due to their similarity in colour with blood.
Rubies are mentioned four times in the bible, in association with qualities such as wisdom and beauty.
Several Asian countries have a rich and interesting history regarding the ruby gemstone. Rubies were used to ornament armour, as warriors believed that the stone possessed the power to make them invincible in battle. Rubies were also laid beneath the foundations of buildings to secure good fortune to the structure.
Western tradition views rubies among the most romantic of stones. They are seen to represent passion, love and desire. As such they are often given as Valentine’s Day gifts.
Rubies have remained culturally significant throughout history. Famous rubies include:
- Liberty Bell Ruby: This is the largest mined ruby in the world, measuring in at eight and a half thousand carats. It was stolen in a heist in 2011 and has not yet been recovered.
- Sunrise Ruby: This Burmese ‘Pigeon Blood’ stone is the most expensive ruby in the world. This is due to its exceptional colour, clarity, and carat weight. It is the most valuable gemstone (that isn’t a diamond) in the world.
- Anne of Brittany Ruby: This is a polished but irregular ruby that is housed in the Louvre. It has a total carat weight of 105 carats.
- Royal Rubies: Rubies have often been the stone of choice for British coronation rings. This tradition dates back to the 13th century. Notable examples include the Stuart Coronation Ring and the Queen’s Consort Ring.
- Rosser Reeves Star Ruby: This ruby is considered to be the largest fine star ruby in existence. It is located in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C, and has a carat weight of 138.7 carats.
Why Choose Antique Rubies?
At AC Silver we are pleased to be able to offer our customers a large collection of antique and vintage ruby jewellery.
Vintage and antique ruby jewellery is timeless, and is a wonderful choice as a gift for anyone who adores this precious gemstone.
As coloured gemstones for engagement rings continue to grow in popularity, there is no better time to invest in an antique ruby ring. This is the perfect way to add some personality to an engagement ring; the pop of colour adds a twist to tradition whilst still remaining a timeless piece.
Ruby jewellery has been considered covetable for centuries, and we have no doubt that it will remain enduringly popular for years to come.