Rubies are one of the world’s most popular gemstones. Known for their rich red color and durability rubies exhibit a depth of color that makes them stand out in any jewelry piece.
Rubies have been highly sought after for centuries, and each year brings about a new trend in ruby jewelry that continues to establish it as one of the trendiest and most fashionable gemstones in the industry today.
Purchasing a ruby may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Here’s some information that might be helpful when selecting your next ruby jewelry.
Treatments – The More You Know
The treatment that a ruby goes through is one of the most important factors to determine its quality. Treatment refers to any process in which a gemstone is enhanced outside of its natural state and the cutting process. Treatments can enhance a gemstone’s color and remove or reduce the number of inclusions or fractures within the gemstone.
Keep in mind: each gemstone has different treatment processes that are accepted by the industry. Never purchase a gemstone that has been treated with an unacceptable process.
Fortunately, at GemsNY we only sell treated gemstones which have had industry standard treatments.
There are two acceptable treatments for rubies – heat and composite:
Heat treatment is a common application among many gemstones; the ruby is heated between 800 to 1,800 degrees to increase color saturation. This treatment is stable and permanent.
Composite treatments work a bit differently. They are done in conjunction with heat treatment to fill the ruby with glass or lead. This is typically only applied to rubies with many fractures and inclusions and would otherwise not be suitable to sell. However, this treatment is not stable and must be disclosed prior to purchase. Still, many people purchase composite rubies as they are extremely affordable.
With the proper precaution and education, a composite ruby can be an excellent and long-lasting addition to your collection, especially in earrings or pendants.
Keep It Stylish
It’s no secret that rubies have been around for centuries. However, just because it’s a part of historical relics, doesn’t mean it isn’t still fashionable.
Designers and jewelers have been consistently evolving the style of the ruby to adapt it to the latest fashion trends. Fine jewelry designers such as Wendy Yue, Erica Courtney, and Stephen Webster have consistently produced rings, watches, and necklaces which feature rubies in a modern-day setting.
If new and fashionable ruby jewelry is something that appeals to you, we can custom make almost any piece! Visit our custom section here to begin crafting your piece today!