Rubies are a romantic and meaningful way to add a pop of colour to your engagement ring. The rich red colour of the ruby has become a classic and timeless look that exudes elegance and romance. Derived from the Latin word ‘rubens’ meaning red, rubies are amongst the only gemstones which occur in a single colour. Measuring a 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, second to diamonds, rubies are well equipped to withstand day to day wear making them a perfect choice for your engagement ring. View our range of beautiful ruby engagement rings below, or get in touch with us about customising one of our designs with a unique ruby chosen just for you.
Ruby is a variety of mineral Corundum, alongside the other popular choice for engagement rings, sapphire. Corundum crystals in their purest form are transparent, it is only when certain chemical elements are present does it become a ruby or a sapphire. Rubies are available in a spectrum of rich reds due to the traces of chromium present. Chromium produces a pink tone in corundum, it is only when there is enough chromium in the gemstone to create the red hue that it can be considered a ruby. The traces of chromium in a ruby determine its variant of red, the possible colours of a ruby include deep red, pinkish red, purplish red, orangey red and brownish red. The rarest colour range is a pure vibrant red, known classically as “ruby red” moving down to a more purplish red.