Using Rubies in an Engagement Ring
Rubies are typically regarded as the birthstone for July and as the anniversary gift for either the 15th or 40th anniversary; however, these stones are becoming increasingly popular in engagement rings for their romantic symbolism and intense red glow. As with most gemstones, the value of a ruby is determined by the color, clarity, cut, and carat of the stone.
Color is the most significant factor affecting the value of a ruby. Stones that are vibrantly red to purple-red are more valuable than stones that are more pink or deep purple. Rubies are known for their few inclusions due to their extreme durability. Inclusions or imperfections will reduce the value of the stone.
Rubies can be fashioned into a variety of cuts with unique shapes. These gems also compliment all skin tones and metal types. A skilled jeweler will be able to cut a ruby into the desired shape and choose a setting that is most appropriate.
Rubies are ideal for the low-maintenance wearer who may or may not lead an active lifestyle. These gems require minimal cleaning and care and suit a variety of wearers. Since rubies have the highest cost per carat of all colored gemstones, synthetic rubies may be chosen instead. Synthetic rubies essentially have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties, but are created in a man-made laboratory. These stones are more affordable to buyers from a variety of budgets.
Since rubies are the second hardest gemstones, behind diamonds, they can be cleaned in a variety of ways. Rubies can be placed in ultrasonic cleansers or can be steamed. However, the ruby should be inspected to determine if there are any fissures that could expand or worsen due to the ultrasonic vibrations or steam. For consistent at-home cleaning, a damp cloth and/or a soft-bristle toothbrush can be used.