Rubies are on the towers of the Kremlin, the cap of Monomakh and in the tiara of Elizabeth II. Handmaderuby jewellery, along with individual red stones, adorn the private collections of eminent collectors and rulers of states, and are kept in museums in Los Angeles and Myanmar.
Ruby jewellery is suitable for both men and women. And here’s why: the power of the stone helps to believe in yourself and your undertakings, and reveals the best qualities of a person. As a gift, the red gem is a symbol of friendship.
Tempered in the blood of dragons, this gemstone embodies the Yang (Active Masculine) principle, making it ideal for masculine jewellery. For a man, the ruby will become a symbol of power, courage and superiority. As believed in the East, yakhont bestows upon its owner “the power of the Lion, the fearlessness of the Eagle and the wisdom of the Snake”.
For women, handmade jewellery with red ruby will become powerful talismans to attract male attention and protect against evil spirits. Ruby is able to strengthen existing relationships or help in the search for new ones.
In ancient times, the red carbuncle symbolized passion, and it’s pink variety – tender love. In the old days, the ruby was the perfect wedding gift for newlyweds.
Materials for ruby jewellery
The use of gold and silver is considered to be a common occurrence in the manufacture of jewellery. But fashion is moving forward, and even now it is not very interesting to use these metals in jewellery with rubies. Jewelers try to surprise buyers and connoisseurs with new ideas and come up with various combinations of metals and stones.
Very often, white gold with rubies has recently begun to be used, as this duet creates a very effective and beautiful combination. It is advisable to select dark shades of the mineral for such a combination so that the contrast is even stronger and brighter.
Light shades of ruby stone are better suited to yellow metal. Thus, the color balance is maintained, the product looks harmonious.
Silver and rubies also go well together, while the metal does not overshadow the stone, and the whole set looks a little more modest. Such jewellery can be worn every day, but you need to choose just such a design that will not look too daring and pretentious. It is better to frame light stones in silver.
The simple red color of ruby works well with many different types of stones. It is best to combine it either with red stones – rubies, or with absolutely white – pearls, diamonds. Of course, such combinations will cost a lot; not everyone can afford such a decoration. But if there is financial opportunity, it is better to purchase a small, but similar kit to show your status and make a good investment. In this piece of jewellery, the center is often a dark ruby, and diamonds only frame it. This is considered a classic, although there are other, more sophisticated models.
How to find a real ruby, not a fake
Rubies are very expensive, and therefore they are very fond of forging. Sometimes imitations look even better than natural stone. Therefore, in order not to buy a fake ruby, you need to know a few basic rules for distinguishing it from the real one. Of course, in some cases it is very difficult to determine the imitation, but sometimes these recommendations can help to suspect a fake:
- Always inspect the stone in daylight. Artificial lighting can distort the real color of the stone or make a fake very bright and similar to a natural mineral;
- Examine the stone under ultraviolet light. A real ruby stone should not change in color and saturation, but the imitation can become orange and dim;
- If you are offered a large ruby for a not too high price, know that it is a fake. Real rubies are born small, and even if you happen to come across a large specimen, it will be very expensive. In any case, there must be a certificate for every natural stone, ask the seller for it;
- If you look at natural stone under bright lighting and a magnifying glass, there should be layers of natural build-up in it. This will not happen in imitation;
- You can do a scratch test – run a ruby over the glass. If a scratch remains on the glass, it is a real stone, if on a stone, it is an imitation;
- If there are several red stones in the product, they should not be exactly the same.