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Ruby Red: How to Choose the Perfect Ruby Jewelry for Every Occasion

Rubies, often called the "king of gems," have enchanted people for centuries with their vibrant red hues and symbolic meanings. Whether you're looking for a piece for a special event or everyday wear, understanding the qualities of rubies and how to match them to occasions can elevate your jewelry choices. At Traditions by Pooja Backliwal, we pride ourselves on selecting the finest rubies and incorporating them into our unique jewelry designs. Here’s an insightful guide to help you choose the perfect ruby jewelry.

1. Understanding Ruby Quality

Color: The value of a ruby is primarily determined by its color. The most coveted rubies are vivid red with a slight bluish hue, often referred to as "pigeon's blood" rubies. However, rubies can range from pinkish-red to purplish-red. Handpicked for their vibrant colors, these rubies radiate brilliance.

Clarity: Rubies typically contain inclusions, but those with fewer and less visible inclusions are more valuable. Eye-clean rubies, which are free from visible inclusions, are rare and sought after. Experts meticulously select rubies that offer the best clarity, ensuring each gem’s natural beauty shines through.

Cut: The cut of a ruby impacts its brilliance and overall appeal. A well-cut ruby maximizes its color and minimizes the appearance of inclusions. The selection process prioritizes rubies with excellent cuts, enhancing their inherent beauty and sparkle in jewelry designs.

Carat Weight: While larger rubies are rare and highly valuable, the overall quality (color, clarity, and cut) should also be considered. Offering a range of sizes caters to different preferences and occasions, ensuring each piece retains its charm and elegance.

2. Origin and Availability

Rubies are mined in various parts of the world, each origin offering distinct characteristics. Some of the most notable sources include:

  • Myanmar (Burma): Known for producing the finest rubies, especially the "pigeon's blood" rubies, which are renowned for their intense red color and high value.

  • Thailand: Produces rubies that are often darker and more brownish-red.

  • Sri Lanka: Offers rubies in a range of hues, from light pinkish-red to deep red.

  • Mozambique: A newer source that has been producing high-quality rubies in recent years.

3. Historical Significance and Famous Rubies

Throughout history, rubies have been prized for their beauty and believed to possess protective powers. They were often worn by royalty and warriors to ensure safety and success.

Famous Rubies:

  • The Sunrise Ruby: At 25.59 carats, this Burmese ruby is one of the world's most valuable, fetching over $30 million at auction.

  • The Liberty Bell Ruby: Weighing 8,500 carats, it is the largest mined ruby in the world, though it was stolen in 2011 and has not been recovered.

  • The DeLong Star Ruby: A star ruby of 100.32 carats, housed at the American Museum of Natural History.

4. Matching the Occasion

Engagements and Anniversaries: Ruby engagement rings and anniversary bands are symbols of love and passion. Opt for classic designs like solitaire ruby rings or ruby-studded bands. Timeless pieces blend traditional and contemporary styles, perfect for celebrating enduring relationships.

Formal Events: For formal events, statement pieces such as ruby necklaces or chandelier earrings can add sophistication and glamour. Intricate designs reflect cultural heritage and modern trends, making them ideal for making a statement at any formal gathering.

Everyday Elegance: Delicate ruby studs or pendant necklaces provide a subtle yet luxurious look suitable for daily wear. Versatile designs seamlessly transition from day to night, adding a touch of elegance to everyday outfits.

5. Bespoke Services

Personalized jewelry adds a unique touch to any piece. Traditions by Pooja Backliwal offers bespoke services that allow clients to create custom designs. Whether you’re looking to incorporate specific motifs, engravings, or a combination of gemstones, the team works closely with clients to bring their vision to life. Customization allows for a deeper connection with the jewelry, making it a cherished heirloom for generations. Here are five bespoke services offered:

  1. Custom Design Consultation: Work one-on-one with expert designers to create a unique piece tailored to your style and preferences.

  2. Gemstone Sourcing: Select from a curated collection of the finest rubies sourced from ethical mines around the world.

  3. Personalized Engravings: Add meaningful engravings to your jewelry, making it truly one-of-a-kind.

  4. Combination of Gemstones: Incorporate other gemstones with rubies to create a vibrant and unique design.

  5. Redesign of Heirloom Pieces: Transform inherited jewelry into contemporary designs while preserving sentimental value.

6. Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing

In today's world, ethical and sustainable sourcing is crucial. Committed to responsible sourcing practices, the rubies are ethically sourced, ensuring that each gem is obtained without harm to communities or the environment. By choosing ethically sourced jewelry, clients not only acquire a beautiful piece but also contribute to sustainable practices.

7. Care and Maintenance

Rubies are durable, ranking 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness, but they still require proper care to maintain their luster. Clean your ruby jewelry regularly with mild soap and water, avoiding harsh chemicals. Store your pieces in a soft pouch to prevent scratches. Regular professional cleanings and inspections can also help maintain the brilliance and integrity of your jewelry.

Choosing the perfect ruby jewelry is a journey that involves understanding the gem's qualities, considering the occasion, and appreciating the craftsmanship behind each piece. With a legacy built on quality, craftsmanship, and cultural heritage, the collections offer pieces that resonate with beauty, quality, and ethical values. Whether you are marking a special occasion or adding to your everyday elegance, the perfect ruby jewelry awaits you.

By following these guidelines, you can confidently select ruby jewelry that not only enhances your beauty but also becomes a treasured part of your collection.

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