Friday, 25 August 2017

12 Outstanding Examples of a Topaz Ring

Topaz makes for an ideal gemstone ring. The gem embodies certain properties which make it a desirable stone, it comes in a range of sought after colours, it’s good hardness means it’s not easily scratched or damaged, and it’s relative abundance and accessibility ensure it continues to be one of the most popular gemstones. Topaz rings are a staple of the jewellery market and are ever increasing in popularity.

Imperial Topaz which is characterised by its golden yellow colours is the most valuable colour of Topaz, followed closely by stones with a dark pink/red and orange/red hue. He inherit value of the stone increases in proportion to the deepness of the orange and reddish coloured hues. However, the most common colour used in jewellery today is the blue topaz. Blue topaz is a relatively recent occurrence, which is chiefly due to the fact the nearly all blue gem topaz is formed by being irradiated and heat treated.

Natural Topaz Rings

Blue Topaz Ring
925 Sterling Silver Blue Topaz Ring
Split Band Round Cut Blue Topaz Engagement Ring 14k White Gold

Topaz is an abundant and cost effective gemstone. It is often found formed into very large and flawless crystals. These giant gemstones can be cut into giant gemstones and are capable of weighing thousands of carats. Due to this, some of largest gemstones which have every been created and used in jeweller were made of Topaz.

Topaz is an innately hard and robust gemstone, and is not easily damaged or dissolved in solvent solutions. However, it’s still important to be careful with Topaz, it is possible to chip or cracking internally if exposed to significant trauma. Topaz is described as a pleochroic gemstone, which essentially means it’s capable of showing a range of colour intensities and hues depending on the angle the gem is viewed from.

Despite its common use in jewellery, natural blue topaz is rare and it’s almost always very faintly coloured. Most blue topaz you’re likely to encounter has been irradiated and heat treated in order to create the blue hue. Before being treated, the original stones where likely colourless or very lightly coloured, the radiation process will then work to deepen and emphasis the blue hue and lastly the heat treatment works to stabilise the colourisation.

Topaz History

It is widely agreed that the name for Topaz originated from Topazios, which is the old Greek name for an island located in the Red Sea, which is now called Zabargad. The island actually never produced Topaz, but it was a producer of peridot. It’s likely that the peridot was confused with topaz, which is something that has been rectified with modern mineralogy methods.

The ancient Greeks thought that Topaz would give them power and strength. During the Renaissance period in Europe, it was commonly believed that topaz had the power to prevent and break magical spells, as well as having the ability to dissipate anger. For hundreds of years, it has believed by many people in India that when topaz is worn above the heart, it can assure a long life, intelligence and promote beauty in the wearer.

Imperial Topaz originated in 19th century Russia. During this time, the Ural mountain range were the leading source for topaz, and the uniquely pink gemstones mined in the mountains were named to honour the Russian czar. To ensure its exclusivity, ownership of the pink gemstones was restricted to only the royal family.

Topaz Engagement & Wedding Rings

Topaz engagements are defined by the beautifully eye catching and hardy gemstone at the centre of the design, topaz is a perfect choice for an everyday wear wedding ring. With the huge variety of options available, it’s completely understandable to feel overwhelmed by the choice and options available. This short guide will hopefully make your decision easier and allow you to pick the perfect ring.

On paper topaz is the perfect gemstone, it’s durable, stunning, flashy and very affordable. Additionally, topaz is easily shaped and cut to match almost any desired option, including emerald, pear, heart, cushion and round.

Topaz is a type of silicate crystal mineral, and has been a popular engagement and wedding ring for a number of years. Most topaz rings sold today have been enhanced in some way in order to emphasise the vibrancy of the colours, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Topas is mined in a number of countries including, Brazeil, Afghanistan, Germany, India, Russia and the United States to name but a few of the topaz producing countries.

Blue Topaz Engagement Rings

Most of the blue topaz found in today’s engagement rings started life as a colourless stone, this stone is then irradiated and heat treated to produce the stunning range of blue shades which are now commonly associated with blue topaz engagement rings. The sort of treatment is very common occurrence and only serves to enhance the appearance of the gemstone, the resulting colour is very stable and no special care or attention needs to be paid to the ring in order to maintain the colour.

A blue topaz engagement ring is very affordable, with prices ranging from around £8 per carat through to £40 per carat. Some of the hues of blue are inherently worth more than others, normally darker colours such as ‘Swiss Blue’, ‘London Blue’ and ‘Sierra Blue’ will cost more than a lighter variant.

London blue topaz rings are characterised by their deep almost teal colouring, and are one of the more costly types of Topaz available.

A large portion of the intrinsic value of a blue topaz gemstone is not in the raw stone, it’s in the labour that goes into shaping and cutting the stone into the desired shape. As such, a commercially massed produced cut stone can be bought for as little as £30, however a custom designed and cut stone may sell for more than £200.

As most topaz is naturally clear, high clarity does not significantly impact the price of a stone. However, any visible inclusions or faults can significantly reduce the price of the stone.

Unlike many other gemstones, the price per carat does not exponentially increase as the size of the stone increases. For example, a five carat blue topaz engagement ring might not cost significantly more than a one carat blue engagement ring.

It’s no unusual for the rings metal or any accompanying gems, such as diamonds, to have the biggest impact on the final cost of the ring. As such, choosing a sterling silver blue topaz engagement ring might be the perfect choice if you’re looking to keep costs down.

Imperial Topaz Engagement Rings

Like blue topaz, almost all imperial topaz on today’s market has been treated to enhance the natural colourisation of the stone. Most of the gems would have originally been faintly coloured, which has then been irradiated and heat treated to produce a some impressively intense oranges, reds and pink colours.

A pink topaz engagement ring will cost around £30 per carat, but unlike their blue counterparts, the price per carat can increase significantly once the carat weight goes above 5 carats. Intensely bright pinks will often sell for more than £30 per carat.

Naturally pink topaz which has not been treated will sell for many thousands of pounds per carat, making them some of the most expensive gemstones available. It’s worth noting that some jewellers will sell competitively priced ‘natural pink topaz’, this is actually slightly misleading, as they are still treated to achieve the colour. All topaz, even enhanced versions are still classed as natural gemstones.

Precious Topaz Engagement Rings

Precious topaz is used to describe the bright almost luminous yellow or orange gemstones.

As with every other type of topaz, the incredible yellow hues and orange colours are created by exposing the gemstones to radiation and heat treatment. This treatment has very good stability and are very unlikely to fad over time.

Yellow or orange engagement rings will usually be priced at around £20 per carat for anything underneath 5 carats, this will increase to around £60 per carat for gems over 5 carats. If a topaz has an especially vibrant and intense yellow or orange hue then the cost of the gemstone can increase dramatically. Custom cuts and designs will invariably demand a higher price tag.

Mystic Topaz Engagement Rings

Mystic topaz engagement rings are exemplified by their ability to reflect a rainbow of colours, this can range from dark peacock colouring through to light rainbow effect. Mystic topaz was developed in late 1998, but it was not until 2003 that the colour began to gain traction in the jewellery world. Today the gem is very popular, but thankfully the price remains affordable.

Just like every other topaz variety described here, mystic topaz begins life as a colourless stone. There are varying treatments available to create the mystic effect, however, only the diffusion method has been demonstrated to be effective at holding the colouring for a long period of time.

Brown Topaz Engagement Ring

Topaz frequently occurs in natural brown hues, or can be altered via irradiation and heat treatment. Despite the connotations associated with the colour, some Topaz with brown colourings can be quite beautiful. However, there are some issues these stones in particular. They have a tendency to fade once exposed to direct sunlight, so for this reason we cannot recommend the stone colour for use in a engagement or wedding ring.

Green Topaz Engagement Ring

Most green topaz available on the market have been treated in order to create the colouring and vibrant green colour.

Unfortunately, the stability of the colour in green topaz is largely unstable. Most green gemstones have been shown to fade over time, the fading process is also accelerated by exposure to sunlight. For this reason it’s hard to recommend green topaz for an engagement or wedding ring. However, work is underway to improve the stability rating of green topaz, so we’d hope to be able to change our opinion very soon.

Colourless Topaz Engagement Ring

Colourless topaz is the most common natural form of Topaz that is frequently mined. A clear, brilliant and beautiful colourless topaz ring is a great way to exhibit the stones innate splendour and fire. 
Colourless topaz or white topaz is a very affordable option, with prices starting at around $5 per carat. This price point remains largely stable regardless of the carat weight of the stone. 
A white topaz engagement ring is one of our first choices for a diamond ring alternative, these gems are very beautiful and can substitute a diamond wedding or engagement ring easily.

Caring for a Topaz Ring

Topaz is generally regarded as a long-lasting, resilient and hard gemstone, which is one of the reasons it makes for such a good every day ring. However, even though the gem is hard, it can still become dirty and require some minor maintenance to ensure it looks its best. The simplest and one of the most effective methods for cleaning a Topaz ring involves soap and water. Simply place a small amount of warm water in a bowl, add a few drops of mild soap and the ring soak for a couple of minutes. Using a soft bristle brush or cloth, work your way around the ring and try and get into all the nooks and crannies to remove any built up dirt. Once cleaned rinse the ring with fresh water to remove any soapy residue, pat the ring dry and leave to one side to dry in a well ventilated location away from direct sunlight. If you can, avoid doing all of this over the kitchen sink, the last thing you want to do is accidentally knock the topaz out of its setting and watch it disappear down the sink hole.

If you have access to a ultrasonic cleaner or a steam cleaner, you should have no problems using this with your topaz ring. However, as with all advanced cleaning methods, it’s recommended to thoroughly read and understand the instructions before starting the cleaning process.

It might seem obvious, but if you’re going to handling harsh chemicals, carrying out DIY or working extensively with your hands, it would probably be a good idea to remove the ring until you’ve finished these tasks. Even though the gemstone will remain intact, you don’t want to damage the rings settings.

As Topaz is a relatively hard gemstone, you’ll need to be careful when wearing the ring with other less sturdy gems. For example, both pearls and opals can be easily scratched and damaged by another adjacent gemstone ring. So just be wary of what you’re wearing with your Topaz ring.


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

14 Exquisite Emerald Rings

If someone close to you was born in the month of May, then an emerald ring might just the perfect gift. Emerald is well known as the birthstone for anyone born in May.  Not only does emerald represent May births, it’s also the gemstone used for the 20th, 35th and 55th wedding anniversaries. If you’re looking to buy a natural emerald ring be prepared to spend some money, natural emeralds are one of the most expensive gemstones available.

If your budget is limited, or if you’re not overly obsessed about buying a natural emerald, then it’s worth considering buying a synthetic emerald. There are many lab grown emeralds available in a huge range of hues, sizes and cuts, many of which are on a par with any natural mined stones. If your goal is to buy a top quality affordable emerald ring then there’s no reason not to consider a synthetic stone, if however you’d rather buy a mined variety, then you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the absolute best deal possible. Emerald rings can be quite expensive so it’s with this in mind that we decided to write this article, we want to make sure you’re armed with all the necessary knowledge in order to make an informed decision. Read on and let us take you through the history, characteristics and features to look out for in this fascinating gemstone.

Gold Emerald Ring
Raw Emerald Ring
sterling silver emerald textured ring
Platinum Emerald Engagement Ring


Emerald Ring History

The word emerald originated from the French word ‘esmeraude’, while in turn ‘esmeraude’ comes from the Greek and Latin word for green stone ‘smaragdos’. Emeralds are ancient gemstones. According at the oldest surviving book in the world today, the ‘Papyrus Prisse’. “But good words are more difficult to find than the emerald, for it is by slaves that it is discovered among the rocks.".

The ‘Papyrus Prisse’ is over 4500 years old, but this particular passage is referencing another piece of writing from 1000 years earlier. It’s likely that the book is referring to the ancient Egyptian mines. Cleopatra’s mines were lost for thousands of years, but where rediscovered in 1818. The poor quality and relatively small size of the stones produced by the mines was probably a factor in why they were originally abandoned.

It wasn’t just the Egyptians that prized emeralds, the Incas and Aztecs valued emeralds greatly when they where discovered in Columbia. Many cultures around the world have sought emeralds, attributing great value onto the possession of these gems. Unfortunately, violence has been entwined with the history of emeralds, which is well illustrated by the fact that during the 16th century, Spanish inquisitors looted thousands of gems from mines in South America, murdering thousands of natives in the process. This even also put South America into the gemstone limelight. From this point forward, many wealthy individuals and royal families looked to South America to supply them with beautiful emerald stones to adorn their crowns, bracelets, necklaces and rings.

Regardless of whether the gem is the at the centre of a Russian crown, part of the Iranian state treasure, or is a favourite of a billionaire collector, emeralds have long been associated with status and royalty.

Choosing a Quality Emerald Ring

Making the decision to press the buy button when shopping for emerald rings online might not be a straightforward task, especially if you’re looking to ensure you’re buying a genuine emerald ring. There are a number of gemstone qualities which are worth understanding before committing to clicking the buy button. When selecting an emerald ring to buy it’s advisable to pay close attention to the emeralds shape, colour, size and clarity. Unlike diamonds which are graded using a specialist tool that allows for close inspection of the gemstone for any imperfections, emeralds are often graded using the naked eye. This makes your job as a buyer that much easier since you will have access to a range of product images that will allow you to review the gem with a critical eye. Before you can make an informed decision as to what constitutes a worthy buy it’s important to understand the critical characteristics of high-quality emerald ring. Armed with this knowledge you should easily be able to get the best deal possible.

It should be noted, as with all coloured gemstones, the subtle differences that differentiate one high value gemstone from another are best left to the professionals. If in doubt seek expert advice before spending large amounts of money on an emerald ring.


The most sort after and desirable emerald colours are a bluish green through to a pure green, the colours must be vivid but the stone should not be overly dark. Stones which are highly transparent are intrinsically more valuable. The gem should have a uniformly even distribution of colour, with no obvious colour zoning. If the hue of the emerald is too blue or yellow, then stone is no longer classified as an emerald, but another type of beryl gemstone, and as such the value of the stone will decrease.

The colour intensity and saturation in an emerald is directly influenced by the trace elements chromium, valadium and iron. The presence and quantity of each of these elements determine the colour of the gem.

An emeralds visual qualities are sometimes closely associated with the mine it came from. For example, Columbian emeralds are said to produce an intense warm pure green colour. While Zambian emeralds are famous for producing stones which are cooler in colour, containing a noticeable blue hue.


Most emeralds will contain inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. Due to this fact, it is widely accepted amongst jewellers and consumers that an emerald ring will likely contain an inclusion. A stone which is clean to the naked eye is very valuable as they are so rare.

Emeralds sometimes contain inclusions which appear mossy or garden-like. These flaws are often referred to as ‘jardin’, which is French for garden.

In all coloured stones, clarity and transparency are often closely linked. This is particularly true for emeralds. Professional jewellers will generally accept inclusions that are visible to the nakes eye, however, if those inclusions have effect on the transparency of the gemstone, then the value of emeralds is reduced.


It’s the cutters responsibility to consider carefully the rough gems depth of colour, durability and any inclusions before deciding on what cuts to make. A mistake may reduce the gems carat weight, which can significantly reduce the potential value of the emerald.

There are four important characteristics of emeralds which a cutter must take into account before beginning. Firstly, almost every stone has significant fractures. A cutter must therefore take those fractures into consideration to minimise the impact the fractures have on the finished stone.

The second factor to consider is the fact that emeralds are surprisingly brittle. This can make them vulnerable to damage while being cut, polished or set in a ring. A skilled cutter will design a gem in such a way as to minimise the potential for inadvertent damage to be caused to the stone.

Thirdly, due the importance of colour in an emeralds value, the cuts must work to maximise the appearance of the saturation, tone and hue of the gem. The cutter can directly influence the colour by adjusting the emeralds proportions and number of facets. For example, a cutter can darken the appearance of a stone by creating deep cuts, a small table and creating few facets, or indeed lighten a stone with shallow cuts, a large table and additional facets.

Fourth, the bluish or greenish hues present in an emerald encourages the cutter to create the table so it lies perpendicular to the crystals length. This encourages the bluish green hue to be more apparent in the finished gemstone.

Carat Weight

Cut and shaped emeralds come in a huge variety of sizes. There are of course huge emeralds in private collections and museums that weigh hundreds of carats. At the complete opposite end of scale are very small emeralds that weigh in at a fraction of a carat.

The Sandawana emerald mine located in Zimbabwe is famous for producing very small, but exquisitely coloured gemstones. The emeralds produced are often only 1mm square, but they are still incredibly beautiful with a stunning green hue. The mine’s stones average between 0.05 and 0.25 carats once cut, and very infrequently are in excess of 1.5 carats. Most jewellery is usually created from stones which are in between those carat weights.

As with most gemstones, as the size of the emerald increases, the cost will increase exponentially.

Emerald Ring Buying Tips

  • Learn as much as you can about emeralds, this well help you to make an informed decision.
  • Know that the finest gems originate from three Columbian mines: Muzo, Chivor and Cosquez. Be wary of anyone selling emeralds perpetrated to be from these locations at a cheap price. 
  • Examine the emerald for noticeable inclusions. Inclusions can serve to give the gemstone character and enhance the look of the gem, but they can also be used to help identify where it originated from. For example, a two phase tubular inclusion is characteristic of a Chivor gemstone.
  • It’s important to remember that all emeralds will typically contain inclusions, not matter the size. The process of forming an emerald dictates that inclusions will occur. Due to this, colour is far more important in an emerald, so don’t be afraid of buying a gemstone with brilliant colour which also includes inclusions. 
  • Make sure you know about the oiling process. Emeralds by nature are quite porous and will most often contain small air bubbles and fissures which are exposed when the gem us cut. In order to protect the emerald, a small amount of clear resin or oil is applied to the gem. This prevents contaminants such as hand lotions or detergents from seeping into the stone. As long as the oiling process is completed with a clear oil, it’s a standard practise, virtually all emeralds are treated in this way. However, if a green coloured oil is used in order to enhance the colour or to hide defects, then this needs to be clearly disclosed. 
  • Be wary of sales. Emeralds are exceedingly rare, so there is very little reason or incentive to discount the gemstone. Any heavily discounted stones should raise alarm bells. 
  • Don’t be overly concerned with the proportions of an emerald. As the gems are incredibly rare, they are generally cut in order to conserve as much of the original stone as possible. As such you might see some unusual shapes.

What is a Lab Grown Synthetic Emerald?

In short, a synthetic or lab created emerald will have all the exact same properties as natural emerald, the only difference will be where the gem originated from. A lab grown emerald is 100% a real emerald, but it is not a natural emerald. It will possess all the same chemical, physical and optical properties as a natural emerald. However, synthetic emeralds are massively less expensive verses a similarly sized and graded natural stone. 
A good natural emerald will cost a lot of money, a synthetic emerald much less so. If you’re not sure what to get, consider where your priority lie. Balance your desired weight, size and quality against how much you’re willing to spend.

Emerald Engagement / Wedding Rings

If you’re considering buy an emerald engagement or wedding ring, be absolutely certain that this is something that your fiancĂ© would like. Even if your partner is not traditional in many aspects of her life, she might surprise you when it comes to her engagement ring. If you’re certain that it’s something that she would love, then you have a huge number of decisions to make. One of the first things you should consider is your budget, decide on how much you’d like to spend and stick to it. Consider if a natural or lab grown emerald would suit your needs. Both types can be very beautiful, but a lab grown emerald can allow you to buy a far larger stone for much less money, so it’s well worth considering.


Monday, 7 August 2017

18 Exquisite Ruby Rings

Ruby engagement rings and weddings rings have at their heart a gemstone which has been treasured for hundreds of years, the stones are durable, feature an unparalleled brilliance and fire, they are also increasingly rare and above all else are beautiful.

Like most online shoppers, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the absolute best value for money from your ruby ring engagement ring, ensuring you’re picking a quality gemstone. The aim of this article is to provide all the information you’ll need in order to make an informed buying decision. We’ve also included a special guide for caring for your ring, and some top shopping tips in order for you to find the ruby wedding ring of your dreams.

If you still have questions after reading this article, please feel free to reach out to us. Either through the comment form at the bottom of the page, or reach out to us over email or on our facebook page. We love to hear from our readers, so don’t be shy. If you’ve recently bought a ruby ring, feel free to share your pictures and comments.

A Ruby has many remarkable properties:

  • Durability = Excellent 
  • Hardness = 9.0 
  • Refractive Index = 1.762 – 1.770 
  • Specific Gravity = 4.00

Rubies and saphires come from the same mineral family know as Corundum. The only real difference between rubies and saphires is the colour. Rubies are always red and saphires make up all the other corundum colours, with the exception of pink-orange colours which are known as Padparadscha.






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Ruby and Diamond Flower Ring

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Meaning of the Ruby

The ruby has long been regarded as a gemstone which is closely related to passion, but the gem is also understood to imbue several other desirable characteristics to the wearer, such as knowledge and an ability to make the correct decisions. Additionally, rubies are associated with awareness and inspiration, they are able to guide the wearer towards the ideal path in their life.

For a couple considering purchasing either a ruby engagement ring or a ruby wedding ring, the gemstone perfectly symbolises a long lasting passionate and affectionate relationship. The gem is and expressive representation of a long, loving and beautiful relationship.

The ruby is also the classic birthstone of anyone born during the month of December, in modern times it’s the birthstone for a July birth.

Enhanced Rubies

Most if not all ruby rings you’ll see for sale have been enhanced in order to improve the colour as well as the general form of the gem. It’s very important to be aware that some types of enhancements will impact the value, durability and appearance of a stone. Some types of enhancements are not at all suitable for a ring to be used every day, as such these should be avoided when picking an engagement ring.

One of the most common enhancements you’re likely to encounter is heat treatment, this is used to improve both the colour of the stone as well as the overall appearance. The treatment process is very common and results in a stone which has an excellent stability rating, rubies which have been heat treated do not require any specialist care or considerations. This sort of gemstone enhancement only marginally affects the stones value.

Another popular ruby enhancement involves filling the gemstones surface with another substance, such as lead glass, this works to both reduce fractures and improve the smoothness of the gem. The addition of another substance has a stability rating of good to fair. A ruby which has been treated in such a way requires additional considerations when it comes to care, they should not be exposed to harsh cleaning chemicals, ultrasonic cleaning, extreme pressure or heat. A fill treatment can in some circumstances greatly reduce the value of the stone.

Other methods of stone treatment involve dyeing or exposing the stone to radiation, both of which are carried out in order to improve the colourisation of the stone or change the colour entirely. These methods are rated as having poor stability and will invariable reduce the value of the gemstone dramatically. Such stones must avoid chemicals, heat, ultrasonic cleaning and pressure. Furthermore, any stone treated in such a way should not be polished or cut as this can cause the treatment to be lost.

When looking to buy a ruby engagement ring in the UK, it’s best to avoid rings that have been dyed or irradiated.

You may rarely come across a ruby which have undergone a treatment called surface diffusion, this type of treatment is intended to enhance the red colouring of the gem. This treatment has a good stability rating, but a ruby which has been treated with surface diffusion are still best kept away from harsh chemicals or ultrasonic cleaning methods. This treatment has a minor effect on the value of the gemstone.

White Gold Ruby Engagement Rings

Any white gold ring will need to be occasionally re-plated with rhodium, on average a wedding or engagement ring which is worn every day will need to be re-plated at least every two years. The rhodium plating process can adversely affect a ruby gemstone which has been enhanced, eventually leading to chips and fractures. For this reason it’s best to avoid white gold when picking a ruby engagement or wedding ring. It’s better to choose platinum, palladium, 18k or 14k rose and yellow gold, or silver. However, if you have your heart set on a white gold and ruby ring, be sure to pick a gemstone which has not been treated, or limit the treatment to heat enhancements only.

Price Guide for Rubies

For a natural ruby the price will most likely be around £800 per carat, however the cost can vary greatly depending on the 4 C’s, which are carat, colour, cut and clarity.

Ruby Colour

For rubies colour is the most important factor to consider. Typically a sought after ruby will be a deep blood red colour which has secondary purple flashes. The colour will be uniformly brilliant across the whole stone.

A ruby which is too light, verging on pink, or are oversaturated with red causing them to be difficult to see through, are the least valuable sort of ruby.

Ruby Carat

As large natural rubies are increasingly rate, the carat weight of a ruby has a very big impact on the price of the stone. A good quality stone that exceeds one carat can be very expensive, easily exceeding £2,500 per carat and in some circumstances go as high as £200,000 per carat.

Ruby Cut

A ruby which has been expertly cut in order to maximise the stones brilliance and fire while also minimising the appearance of any inclusions will be priced far higher than a generically cut commercial stone. A quality cut ruby will maximise the clarity and depth while decreasing the visual impact of any flaws.

Ruby Clarity

Clarity is the last of the 4 C’s which has the least impact on the overall price of the stone. Almost all rubies will contain an inclusion, and even lab grown synthetic gems will have intentional or unintentional inclusions in order to complete the Ruby look.

A large inclusion which is easily visible to the naked eye may impact the value of the gemstone, but generally speaking smaller inclusions will have very little impact on the price of the stone.

Stone Chips or Blemishes

A defect which effects the external appearance of a ruby will have a significant effect on the price of the gem. For example, a chip or track is extremely undesirable and will decrease the rubies value.

Synthetic Lab Grown Ruby

If you’re on a budget or would like to get more bang for your buck, then buying a synthetic ruby should be on your to do list.

Synthetic rubies where first made in 1902 when the French chemist August Verneuil developed a method known as flame fusion in order to create synthetic ruby. It didn’t take long for Verneuil to appreciate the potential commercial value in synthetic gemstones and his lab facility was creating 1,000 kg of synthetic ruby annually by 1907.

Flam fusion was primarily created in order to create synthetic rubies, however the method is also capable of producing other gemstones such as sapphire, star sapphire, rutile spinel and strontium titanate.

The basic concept of flame fusion involves taking the raw elements present in a natural gemstone and heating them to 2,000 degrees Celsius. As this raw material cools it naturally forms crystals. In the case of rubies, aluminium oxide is used as the raw material.

A ruby produced by the flam fusion process is chemically and physically the same as a natural ruby, the only way to tell the difference is with very strong magnification and a trained eye. A synthetic ruby will generally have curved growth lines, while a natural ruby will have parallel growth lines.

As synthetic and natural rubies are nearly identical, there is often no good reason for not choosing a synthetic version if that’s all your budget permits. You will be able to buy a substantially larger ruby for much less money, and for all intents and purposes, it’s still a ruby.

Ruby Engagement Ring Buying Tips

Choose a retailer which specialises in gemstone rings and wedding rings. If you want to buy online, be sure you’re aware of the refund policy.

If you’ve purchased an expensive ruby and you want to be sure of its authenticity and value, then there’s no harm in having it professionally appraised by an independent laboratory. It’s better to check it once and have any concerns laid to bed.

Always bear in mind that by definition rubies are red, in fact the name originates from the latin word ‘ruber’ which means red. A ruby which is pink or a variation of pink is not a ruby.

The most sought after stones are a deep dark red blood colour, the stones are well cut and good clarity, some inclusions are to be expected. Any stone which is externally damaged or marked should be avoided.

Don’t be afraid to ask the seller if the gems have undergone enhancements. Heat treatment is incredibly common, so you might be hard pressed to find a ruby which has not undergone this treatment, this enhancement has little effect on the ruby value so it’s not really a concern. Other sorts of enhancement can affect the durability of the ruby so it’s important you understand what has happened to your stone before you decide to buy.

Synthetic rubies are fairly common on the market, and as we’ve already established they are an excellent cost effective substitute for a natural ruby. However, what we don’t want to do is pay natural ruby prices for a synthetic stone. Be wary of any seller that promotes natural rubies at a fraction of the cost of their competitors.

If you see a ruby engagement ring that contains gems which have excellent clarity, brilliant colour and are large at an affordable price, then chances are the rubies are either heavily enhanced or lab grown gems. Always bear in mind that a natural ruby will cost at a minimum £700 per carat and will often go far higher than this. If something seems to be too good to be true, then it probably is.

If you’re thinking of buying an antique ruby engagement ring then you should definitely consider getting it appraised by a trusted third party. It’s better to spend a small amount of money verifying that you’re potential purchase is genuine before investing a lot of money in something which is not as advertised.

Cleaning a Ruby Ring

One of the easiest and safest ways of cleaning a ruby ring is to use soap and water.

  • Put your ruby ting in a bowl of warm water, add a small amount of mild soap or detergent 
  • Allow the ring to soak for around 20 minutes.
  • Use a soft cloth to gently clean the ring and gemstone, alternatively use a very soft bristled childs toothbrush to get into all the nooks and crannies. 
  • Pay special attention to areas that are likely to gather dirt and grime.
  • Clean the ring metal with a lint free cloth. Take extra care not to scour the metal, especially if your ring is made of a soft metal such as gold. 
  • Once cleaned thoroughly rinse the ring thoroughly to remove all soapy residue. 
  • You can also choose to clean your ruby ring with commercially available cleaners. Just make sure you double check to ensure the cleaner is compatible with the metal of your ring and won’t adversely affect the ruby.

Advanced Cleaning Ruby Rings

In most circumstances it is safe to use your ruby ring with an ultrasonic cleaner. However, some enhancements and fittings are not compatible with the cleaning process. If in doubt consult a professional.

Steam cleaners can also be used on your ruby ring. You’ll probably want to make sure that if any other gemstones on your ring are also compatible with a steam cleaner.

Any gemstone that has had a colour enhancing coating applied or has been fracture filled should not be used with an ultrasonic or steam cleaner. Any stones treated in this way should only be cleaned with soap and water.

Storing a Ruby Ring

Ideally you’ll want to store your ruby ring in a well ventilated jewellery box, either in its own cloth pouch or wrapped in a soft cloth. Ruby is a very hard substance and apart from diamonds, not much can actually scratch it. However, it can easily scratch less hardy gems or metal, as such it’s best to have a physical barrier between it and other pieces of jewellery.

Care Tips for your Ruby Ring

Even though rubies are a very hard type of stone, they are not impervious to damage.

It’s best to remove your ruby ring when you’re at the gym, cooking, cleaning, gardening, piecing together flat pack or any other type of physical activity that involves using your hands. 

  • Always keep your ring away from acids and acidic liquids.
  • Try to avoid putting your ruby ring on until you’ve applied your makeup and creams. 
  • Filled ruby rings can be quite delicate, so take extra care if you have one. 
  • Keep filled gems away from fruit juices and any other sort of mildly acidic substance.

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