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Roman Malakov, Oval Cut Ruby and Diamond Necklace in 18k White Gold
Located in New York, NY
An important and very rare necklace showcasing vibrant and color-rich oval cut rubies, set in a beautiful drop design. An intricately-designed necklace accented with brilliant diamon...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Ruby 18 Karat Two-Tone Gold Dachshund Hound Dog Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch is designed whimsically as a stylized Dachshund hound dog With oversized ears, a white gold collar, and an articulated cable chain leash Eyes are round cut rubies weighing i...
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1950s Retro Vintage Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Ruby, White Gold, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Bvlgari Ruby Amethyst Gold Ring
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage Bvlgari Ruby Amethyst Gold Ring. Featuring cabochon cut ruby approximately 5.80 carat, two cabochon cut amethysts approximately 0.70 carat total. Signed Bvlgari with Italian ...
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1990s Ruby Jewelry

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Amethyst, Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold

16.16 Carat Pear Shape Ruby and Diamond Chandelier Drop Earrings
Located in New York, NY
An important and rare piece of jewelry showcasing pear and oval cut rubies weighing 16.16 carats total, set in an intricately-designed chandelier design made in platinum. Diamonds we...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

Burma Ruby, Diamond Gold Ring
Located in New York, NY
Burma Ruby, Diamond Gold Ring An 18k white gold ring, set with cushion shaped Burma no heat ruby, and pear shaped diamonds, circa 1960s Burma no heat ruby weight approx.- 3.84 cts. w...
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1960s Vintage Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold

14k Gold Art Deco Style Heart Shape Rubies Diamonds Black Enamel Dangle Earrings
Located in Bangkok, TH
In these classic Art Deco Style earrings the tops are 2 marquise shape elements in 14 kt.white gold, 16 round full cut diamonds and black enamel ,in the lower parts we have 2 Heart ...
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2010s Art Deco Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold, Enamel

Ugo Cala Diamond, Ruby, and Sapphire 18K Ring
Located in Dallas, TX
Ugo Cala ring with 2.18ctw of ruby and pink sapphires, 0.49ctw of diamonds, set in 18K rose and white gold. This captivating ring features a disk of pave set rubies and pink sapphire...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

French Victorian Emerald Diamond Sapphire Ruby 18 Karat Gold Snake Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch is designed as three snakes coiled in a trefoil clover motif Centering an old European cut diamond weighing approximately 0.30 carat - I color with VS clarity Each snake hea...
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1890s Victorian Antique Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Gold, Yellow Gold, 18k ...

Craig Drake Diamond Ruby Emerald Sapphire Onyx 18 Karat Gold Cuff Bracelet
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Cuff bracelet is comprised of hour glass shaped links alternating with chestnut shaped links Hourglass links feature calibrè cut onyx - opaque black with excellent polish Chestnut ...
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1990s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

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Ruby, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire, Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Onyx, Go...

Ugo Cala Diamond, Ruby, and Sapphire 18K Earrings
Located in Dallas, TX
Ugo Cala ring with 3.79ctw of ruby and pink sapphires, 0.78ctw of diamonds, set in 18K rose and white gold. These captivating earrings each feature a disk of pave set rubies and pink...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

1960's Sunburst Viking Diamond Ruby 14 Karat Yellow Gold Vintage Pendant
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Handcrafted sunburst pendant fashioned in solid 14 karat yellow gold. The textured gold pendant features a Viking with 2 diamond eyes and a cabochon ruby mouth. The pendant measures...
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Yellow Gold

Art Nouveau Ruby Diamond 14 Karat Yellow Gold Floral Locket Pendant
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Circular pendant is finely engraved throughout by scrolling foliates and florals Front is flush set with round cut rubies and old European cut diamonds Purplish red rubies weigh in...
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Antique Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Gold, Ruby, and Diamond Arrow Brooch
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This 18k yellow and white gold arrow brooch was hand made by a master goldsmith. Set with 45 brilliant cut diamonds weighing an approximate 2.25ct total of overall G color and VS1 c...
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Mid-20th Century Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Gold

GRS Switzerland GIA Certified Burma Burmese No Heat Ruby Diamond Cocktail Ring
Located in Rome, IT
Antinori Fine Jewels is proud to show this exclusive cushion mixed-cut Burma ruby exhibits its ideal red hue in this ring. For centuries, rubies from Myanmar, Burma has ranked among ...
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2010s Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Seaman Schepps Moonstones & Diamond Brooch
Located in New York, NY
Absolutely stunning and one of a kind Seaman Schepps brooch with moonstone, diamonds, sapphires and rubies. Crafted from 18K white gold with 14K white gold clip. Lively color gemston...
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20th Century Modern Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, Moonstone, Ruby, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Nathalie Jean 0.165 Carat Diamond Ruby Tourmaline Pearl Carnelian Gold Rings
Located in Milan, Lombardia
Made by hand in Nathalie Jean's Milan atelier, Microcosmos Three Rings are devised as a game, a construction or a sophisticated aerial mobile. Shapes attached to gold rings dangle li...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

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Carnelian, Diamond, Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Ruby, Tourmaline, Gold, 18k G...

Vintage Bvlgari Ruby Gold Stud Earrings
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage Bvlgari Ruby Gold Stud Earrings. Featuring 2 ruby cabochons approximately 4.00 carat total. Signed Bvlgari with purity mark. Circa 1990s. About The Piece: Bvlgari designer h...
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1990s Ruby Jewelry

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Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold

Mozambique 24.21 Carat Ruby Diamond Pendant Necklace
Located in Richmond, BC
Glamorous large ruby diamond pendant necklace. Intense fiery red, high luster, cushion faceted, 24.21 carats natural ruby mounted in high profile with yellow gold eight knife prongs,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

GRS Certified GRS Certified Ruby and Diamond Art Deco Cocktail Ring in 18KT Whit
Located in Houston, TX
Superbly elegant ruby and diamond lady's cocktail ring handmade in 18KT white gold featuring an elongated oval natural ruby weighing 7.01 carats accompanied by GRS (Gem Research Swis...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, White Gold

Cartier Diamond Multicolor Gemstone White Gold Ring
Located in New York, NY
This fantastic Cartier ring is crafted in 18k white gold and features a vibrant cluster of colorful gemstones - red rubies, yellow sapphires, tourmaline, and rose quartz - accented w...
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2010s Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Quartz, Ruby, Sapphire, Tourmaline, White Gold

37.5 Carat Aquamarine Ruby and Diamond Platinum Ring Estate Fine Jewelry
Located in Montreal, QC
37.50 Carat Aquamarine Ruby and Diamond Platinum Cocktail Ring Estate Fine Jewelry Simply Beautiful! Aquamarine and Diamond Platinum Ring. Center securely set with an Aquamarine weig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Art Deco Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Aquamarine, Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

Ruby, Blue Sapphire, Emerald with Diamond Earrings Set in 18 Karat Gold Settings
Located in Bangkok, TH
Cabochon Ruby 3.92 carats, Blue Sapphire 2.53 carats, Cabochon Blue Sapphire 0.40 carat, Cabochon Emerald 0.68 carats and Diamond 0.42 carat Earrings set in 18 Karat Gold Settings W...
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2010s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Blue Sapphire, Gold, 18k Gold

Goshwara Ruby and Diamond Web Pendant
Located in New York, NY
This unique Ruby and Diamond Web Pendant in 18K White Gold with Black Rhodium, from 'G-One' Collection is an outstanding piece of jewelry to have in your personal collection. * Ston...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Retro Juergens & Andersen Moonstone Diamond Ruby Gold Ring
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Iconic Retro 14k gold ring, by Juergens & Andersen, set with center 22.2 x 12mm moonstone, side rubies and approx. 0.12ctw S-I/VS-Si1 diamonds. Ring size - 7.25, ring top is 22.2mm ...
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Mid-20th Century Retro Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, Moonstone, Ruby, Gold

Multi-Color Gemstone Cocktail Ring in White and Yellow Gold
Located in Porto, PT
Rosior contemporary cocktail ring manufactured in 19,2k yellow and white gold. The "sea" is manufactured in yellow gold and it is bellow different species of fishes manufactured in w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Blue Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Black Diamond, Eme...

Cushion Shaped Ruby and Diamonds Set in 18 Karat Yellow Gold Cocktail Ring
Located in New York, NY
Eighteen karats yellow gold cocktail cluster ring Cushion Shaped Burma ruby weighing 1.15 carat Diamond Weighing 0.30 carat Ruby hue tone color is of cognac red New Ring Ring...
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2010s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Yianni Creations 18 Karat Yellow Gold Drop Dangle Pearl and Diamond Pendant
Located in Astoria, NY
This is Yianni Creations handmade artisan slide crafted in Greece from 18 Karat Yellow Gold. This gorgeous square-shaped dangle pendant features a 7.0 MM freshwater pearl and a 0.05 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

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Tourmaline, Tsavorite, Other, Agate, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Blue...

Moiseikin 18 Karat White Gold Ruby Tahiti Pearl Pendant with a Gift Chain
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Inspired by famous Russian Ballet, this Prima Star Ruby and Tahiti Pearl Pendant created by MOISEIKIN® charm your day with the outstanding glow. The design is created with the paten...
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2010s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

Riker Brothers Enamel Diamond Ruby 14 Karat Gold Spider Art Nouveau Brooch
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Brooch is designed as a highly rendered spider with spindly legs Its abdomen is glossed with vibrant black and yellow enamel - exhibiting minor loss Its thorax is bead set with a d...
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Early 1900s Art Nouveau Antique Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Garnet, Ruby, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

18K Yellow Gold Ruby and Pearl Brooch
Located in Vannes, FR
18 karat Yellow Gold Ruby and Fine Pearls Brooch Antique 18 karat yellow gold brooch with handmade decorations. A Ruby of 0,03 carats is in the heart of the flower and two Fine Pear...
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20th Century Artisan Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

1950s Diamond and Ruby Animal Charm Bracelet Set in Platinum
Located in London, GB
A beautiful early 1950's diamond and ruby charm bracelet set in platinum. This interesting piece is set with six unique charms; a dog, grouse, fish, cat, duck and foul. There is a ...
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1950s Art Deco Vintage Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

Four Pear-Shaped Dangle Rubies and Diamond White Gold Circle Cluster Earrings
Located in New York, NY
Fourteen karats white gold diamond and ruby circle cluster earrings Four pear-shaped ruby drops weighing 1.20 carats Diamond weighing 0.60 carats Ruby hue tone color is crimson red...
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2010s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

2.71 Carat Pear Shape Ruby with 0.96 Carat Round Brilliant Diamonds in Halo Ring
Located in Houston, TX
2.71 carat pear shaped ruby with 0.96 carats total weight of round brilliant diamonds in double halo form, set in a 14k rose gold ring with split shank. The ruby is guaranteed natura...
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2010s Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Ruby, Diamond, 14k Gold

Bezel Set Oval Ruby and Diamond Gold Drop Hoop Earrings
Located in New York, NY
Fourteen karats white gold diamond and ruby earrings measuring 1.75" inch length Two bezel-set Burma red ruby weighing 1.45 carats 10 bezel set diamonds extending from the hoop earri...
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2010s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

Striking 3 Carat Oval Ruby Cabochon Triple Diamond Halo White Gold Post Earrings
Located in Tustin, CA
Very elegant and striking, 14 karat white gold earrings feature prong set oval ruby cabochons, surrounded by a halo of 3 rows of pave set, sparkling, round brilliant diamonds. Ruby ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

White Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold, White Gold

Gold Gemset Map of Spain Charm
Located in New York, NY
Large figural map of Spain. Solid gauge 18K yellow gold. The capital city of Madrid is set with a diamond. Other major cities are set with rubies. 1 3/4" x 1 1/5." Striking as a...
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1950s Vintage Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold

Charles Krypell 18kt Yellow Gold, 2.51ct. Ruby .43ct, Diamond Pendant Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Designed by Charles Krypell, jewelers since 1976. This pendant necklace is a perfect example of fine craftsmanship featuring invisibly set baguette cut rubies and round brilliant dia...
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1990s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

1.06 Ct GIA Round Diamond Round Emeralds Rubies Italian Flag Platinum Ring
Located in Lake Peekskill, NY
Italian Flag Lover GIA Certified 1.06 Round diamond, G color, IF clarity, Internally Flawless with Triple Excellent Specs. a stunning classic, incredibly beautiful diamond set in a ...
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2010s Art Nouveau Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Platinum

Amazonite Necklace with Opal Butterfly Clasp
Located in Greenville, SC
A 210 carat Amazonite necklace, untreated from Brazil, with 18k yellow gold modullyn nittle parts. With an 18k yellow gold butterfly clasp set with one, 12.25 carat freeform untreate...
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2010s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

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Amazonite, Citrine, Emerald, Garnet, Opal, Ruby, Sapphire, Blue Sapphire...

Diamond Ruby Green Tourmaline Three Bird 14 Karat White Gold Estate Brooch Pin
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Adorable and beautifully crafted three bird brooch fashioned in 14 karat white gold. The brooch features diamond, ruby, and cabochon green tourmaline gemstones. The diamonds weigh ap...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Ruby, Tourmaline, Diamond, White Gold

Moiseikin 18 Karat White Gold Ruby Diamond Necklace
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Diamond-cut blue sapphires are mounted carefully in delicate flower design, employing innovative technology. Internationally patented, Waltzing Brilliance technology is an innovat...
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2010s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Heart Shaped Ruby and Diamond Locket in 18k on Chain
Located in Wailea, HI
Heart Shaped Ruby and Diamond Locket in 18k One Heart Shaped Ruby Weighing .50 Carats Approximately [bright with no imperfections visible to the naked eye] 35 Round Brilliant Cut Di...
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Late 20th Century Modern Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Antique Edwardian Platinum Topped Gold Ruby Diamond Checkerboard Ring
Located in New York, NY
Antique Edwardian platinum topped 18k yellow gold diamond ruby ring, circa 1900. This unique ring features a checkerboard pattern of alternating rubies and diamonds, with diamond al...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold, Platinum

Marquise Cut Ruby and Emerald Yellow Gold Cocktail Ring
Located in Porto, PT
Contemporary Cocktail Ring manufactured in Yellow Gold and setted with: - 11 Marquise Cut Emeralds with 1,25 ct; - 10 Marquise Cut Rubies with 1,81 ct; Unique Piece accompanied with ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Emerald, Ruby, Gold, Yellow Gold

GIA Certified 3.02 Carat Natural Burmese Ruby and Diamond Ring Set in Platinum
Located in Tokyo, JP
A beautiful Estate Cocktail ring set in Platinum featuring a GIA Certified 3.02 Carat Natural Burmese Ruby and 2.21 Carats of Diamond Accents. Rubies are referred to as "Ratnaraj" i...
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Late 20th Century Modern Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Platinum

Elegant 1.21 Carat Ruby and Diamond Ring in 18KT White Gold
Located in Houston, TX
Elegantly designed cocktail or engagement ring featuring a 1.21 carat oval cut faceted ruby, prong set center, set within a halo of rose cut diamonds which is further accentuated by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Victorian Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Ruby, Diamond, White Gold

Ruby Diamond Gold Cluster Ring
Located in Berlin, DE
Europe, 1900s. Set at the centre with old-mine-cut diamond weighing 0,83 carats, color H, clarity VS1. Flanked by 16 rubies and 24 diamonds. Ring band decorated with 2 diamonds on bo...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, Ruby, Yellow Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Roman Malakov, Alternating Ruby and Diamond Tennis Bracelet
Located in New York, NY
Showcasing square cut rubies that elegantly alternate with round brilliant diamonds, set in a 14k white gold. Finished with milgrain edges for an antique look and feel. Rubies weigh ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, Ruby, 14k Gold, White Gold

Classic Looking 3 Stone Ruby and Diamond Ring in 18K Rose Gold
Located in New York, NY
Classic Looking 3 stone Ruby and Diamond Ring in 18K Rose Gold is simply stunning with pave white diamonds around. Ring Size: 7 ( Can be Sized ) 18KT: 5.038gms Diamond: 1.48cts Ruby...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artisan Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

GIA Certified Burma No Heat Ruby and Fancy Deep Yellowish Orange Diamond Pendant
Located in Hong Kong, HK
GIA Certified Burma No Heat Ruby and Fancy Deep Yellowish Orange Diamond Pendant Necklace: A superb pendant necklace, it features luscious and rare Burmese ruby and fancy deep yello...
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2010s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold

Art Deco 0.8 Carat Rosecut Diamond and Ruby Solitaire Ring, circa 1920
Located in Goettingen, DE
Art Deco 0.8 Carat Diamond Rose and Ruby Solitaire Ring, circa 1920 Attractive diamond ring set in the center with a shining diamond rose of 0.8 ct in a high bezel setting, which is...
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1920s Art Deco Vintage Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Ruby, Diamond, Rose Gold, 18k Gold, Platinum, Silver

1.71 Carat Ruby Diamond Stud Earring in 18 Karat Rose Gold
Located in Hong Kong, HK
This dainty earring features 1.71 carats of oval shape ruby (0.855 carat each side), assented with 0.63 carat of diamond halo. This earring is set in 18 karat rose gold. Truly a spec...
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2010s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Jeweled Floral Ruby Enamel Silver Clasp Buff Python Skin Minaudière
Located in New York, NY
One of a kind, 20th-century sterling silver Guilloché enamel clasp and buff Python exotic skin Minaudière Limited edition Enameled pearlized silver floral clasp, pave set with 1.15 c...
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1990s Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Ruby, Gold Plate, Rhodium, Silver, Sterling Silver, Enamel

Ruby and Diamond Earrings
Located in New York, NY
Certified Cushion cut Intense Red Ruby and Diamond Earrings. 13.13 carats of fine Ruby 4.10 carats of white round brilliant cut diamonds 18k white and yellow gold Approximat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby

Three Oval Burma Red Rubies and Two Bezel Diamonds Rubies Gold Pendant Necklace
Located in New York, NY
Fourteen karat white gold necklace pendant Pendant measuring 16 inches long Oval shape Burma red ruby weighing 1.08 carat Two oval rubies weighing 0.80 carats Two round diamonds be...
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2010s Modernist Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

Ella Gafter Bee Pearl Diamond Sapphire Pin Brooch
Located in New York, NY
This pearl and diamond bee brooch features a South Sea pearl of 17.5mm diameter. The flexible wings are set with custom cut tinted paua shell topped by transparent crystal. The desig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Artist Ruby Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Sapphire, Ruby, Blue Sap...

Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby and Tsavorite Gold Ring
Located in Toronto, ON
Diamond, Sapphire, Ruby and Tsavorite Ring. Diamond 0.15 ct, VS clarity, H colour, Sapphire medium light moderately strong blue, 0.20ct, Ruby, medium moderately strong Red, 0.,18 ct,...
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20th Century Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Sapphire, Tsavorite, Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 10k Gold

1.16 Carat Old European Diamond with 0.75 Carat Ruby Halo 18k W Gold Ring, GIA
Located in Houston, TX
This exquisite, unique Shaftel Diamonds engagement ring features a 1.16ct Old European cut diamond (M VS2), surrounded by a beautiful halo of 0.75ct total weight in rubies and 0.07ct...
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21st Century and Contemporary Ruby Jewelry

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage and Antique Ruby Jewelry

This deep red gem is the color of heat and passion — vintage and antique ruby jewelry is perfect for those born in the middle of summer.

Rubies are one of the few gemstones that can give diamonds a run for their money. Just consider the Van Cleef & Arpels “scarf” necklace the Duke of Windsor presented to the Duchess on her 40th birthday, in 1936 — set with diamonds and dripping with rubies, a testament to the deep-red gemstone’s power — or the slippers encrusted with 4,600 rubies that Harry Winston made to commemorate the Wizard of Oz’s golden anniversary. July babies have permission to adorn themselves with this beautiful red stone even when it’s not their birthday.

Rubies are considered precious stones — along with diamonds, sapphires and emeralds — and have a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs Scale, surpassed only by Moissanite and diamonds. They are composed of corundum, a colorless mineral that is also the basic material of sapphires. In the July birthstone, the red of the gemstone — and the various hues seen in sapphires — are produced by the presence of trace elements. In the case of a ruby, this element is chromium. Rubies range in color from vermilion to a violet red. They are also pleochroic, which means that a stone’s hue can vary depending on the direction of viewing. The most sought-after color is pigeon’s blood: pure red with a hint of blue.

Rubies that are hosted in dolomite marble are the most prized: Because the marble is low in iron, so are the rubies, resulting in a more intense color. Rubies found in basalt, which has a higher iron content, are generally darker and less intense.

When shopping for antique and vintage ruby jewelry, remember that the 4Cs of selecting the perfect diamond — color, clarity, cut and carat — also apply to rubies.

According to the Gemological Institute of America, the color of the July birthstone should be a vibrant to slightly purplish red, and that the stone should be clear and inclusion free. Accordingly, the cut should show off its color and clarity. As for the last criterion, fine rubies more than a carat in weight are rare. Often, large rubies are more expensive than diamonds of comparable weights.

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