What Is A Ruby?

Rubies are a precious gemstone that is part of the corundum mineral family, and most well known in red coloring; the word sapphire derives from the latin word for “red.” Rubies occur in shades of deep pinks and dark reds, but when blue they’re what we call sapphires which are also part of the corundum family. Rare rubies can fetch more per-carat than any other gemstone, and color is the biggest value factor. Rubies are the birthstone for July and has been deemed throughout history and across cultures as the “lord” and “leader” of the gemstones, and the most precious. Rubies are said to symbolize love, passion, and power and to benefit mental health, physical health and vitality.

Is A Ruby Engagement Ring Right For You?

Fiery and passionate, red ruby engagement rings are always a bold and powerful look. Rubies typically lend well to a sophisticated, vintage-inspired design but when paired with a white metal, can go fierce and modern. Depending on your shade of deep pink to dark reds, and your metal choice, you have the ability to create a wide range of showstopping ring designs. Watch the video to learn more about how you can incorporate rubies in your custom ring.

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See some of the rings we’ve designed using rubies to get inspired.

Ruby Pros and Cons


  • Gemstone durability is rated from 1-10 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, rubies are a 9 
  • Available in a variety of color saturation
  • An impressive place in history and storied metaphysical properties give rubies a unique allure


  • Not as durable or hard as diamond or moissanite
  • Rubies do not sparkle or have the brilliance of diamonds; a white sapphire will not look like a diamond

Who Is A Ruby Engagement Ring Right For?

Rubies are not a good choice if you want a brilliant, sparkling stone: they do not have the look of a diamond.Rubies are one of the most durable jewelry grade stones, second only to diamonds and moissanite, so they’re one of the best choices for an engagement ring. However, if you lead an extremely active lifestyle, work with your hands or are rough on your jewelry, a colored diamond may be a better choice. If you want a timeless, classic look then a white stone may be a better choice. If you want a bold, head-turning engagement ring, then rubies are a great choice.

Additional Resources

7 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy an Engagement Ring

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Lab Created Rubies and Other Gemstones

Many gemstones including rubies have lab created counterparts that are eco-friendly and more budget-friendly.

Browse Custom Engagement Rings

Learn the difference to see what’s best for you.Not ready for a red center stone? Rubies make gorgeous accent stones. Browse our portfolio for more inspiration.

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