Welcome to the month of the ruby.
That is, if you care about birthstones and other such mystical concepts. If not, the precious gemstone still has the power to captivate, as it has for centuries. That’s mostly thanks to its rich, blood-red hue, which has meant many things over time: love, passion, joy, vitality, wealth and success, among others.
Unsurprisingly, the ruby has been prized by both ancient Indian royalty and Hollywood royalty (Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich both kept vast collections). The cream of the crimson crop often comes from Myanmar and is known as the Ratnaraj, which is Sanskrit for “king of gemstones”.
Still, you don’t need to know your history to know that a ruby jewellery piece is a worthy addition to anyone’s collections. Below, we’ve rounded up elegant designs featuring the July birthstone to consider adding to yours.
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The Fiorever necklace has a special connection with this month’s birthstone. Its eight-petal flower pendant is also a symbol of passion, which makes the necklace all the more appropriate to wear to channel that energy. This design, made with 18-karat gold, features a ruby centrepiece surrounded by petals of pavé diamonds and will look great against a white shirt.
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This Suzanne Kalan ring, handmade in Los Angeles, is subtle enough to wear everyday. A closer look, though, will reveal several carefully considered details, such as an intricate rose gold design and sparkling diamonds dotted in between the ruby stones.
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These ear studs, perfect for the office, are an archival design by the legendary jewellery designer Jean Schlumberger. You can tell by the “X” marked by 18-karat gold, a signature Schlumberger motif that symbolised a kiss. We can only guess, then, that the round rubies that surround it are hugs. One thing’s for sure: they add a vibrance to the dainty earrings.
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The name isn’t a coincidence; this Anissa Kermiche gold chain bracelet is specifically designed for the seventh month. Hence the use of the July birthstone, this time in the form of an emerald-cut ruby. It’s adorned with round-cut diamonds, making it quite the statement accessory.
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Dior’s Oui collection perfectly captures the romantic spirit of the ruby, so it’s no wonder that the gemstone is featured in this double ring design. Made of 18-karat pink gold, the ring reads “je t’aime”, the French declaration of love. If you’re blissfully single, you can still wear it as a statement of your lust for life.
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If you’re getting dressed up for a fancy dinner or just looking to impress, this is the pair that will do the trick. The dangling earrings wow with their blooms of round and pear-shaped ruby gemstones, contrasted by diamond orbs. Pair the nature-inspired design with an outfit that is sustainable for the environment, such as these vegan clothing options.
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