Symbolic of the passion and energy associated with the colour red, rubies have been celebrated for their beauty and rarity throughout history. Today, ruby continues to be one of the world’s most highly desired gemstones, with particularly fine specimens commanding the highest price-per-carat for any coloured gem at auction.
Sutra ring featuring Gemfields' Mozambican rubies
Gemfields is the world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced gemstones, which includes Mozambican rubies from Montupuez. These gems are over 500 million years old and are often compared to the “Pigeon Blood” red variety of the legendary Burmese rubies.
The Gem Palace earrings featuring Gemfields' Mozambican rubies
To celebrate the uniqueness of these stones, jewellers have designed collections featuring these stunning rubies from Gemfields. Classic examples include a pair of ruby earring drops by The Gem Palace, whilst a blackened gold ring from Sutra is set with rose-cut rubies within a diamond mount.
A bombé ruby dress ring with diamonds by Fred Leighton
Other examples of Gemfields' collaborations with selected international jewellery houses include the Italian jewellers Pomellato and New York-based Fred Leighton. The latter draw on the gem’s romantic connotations with a heart-shaped pendant, as well as a uniquely designed bombé ruby dress ring mixed with small diamond accents.
A heart-shaped ruby pendant by Fred Leighton
Gemfields also owns the historical renowned jewellery house of Fabergé, which has embraced the use of coloured gems in its latest designs. Inspired by its famed Imperial Easter Eggs created for the Russian Royal family until 1917, Fabergé’s jewels include their egg charms that are available in a host of ruby-set options.
Fabergé's historically-inspired bracelet set with egg charms
With plenty of contemporary ruby jewellery choices for those celebrating birthdays in July, the gem continues to enjoy its popular reputation.