Webster’s dictionary states the definition of a trend as something of a prevailing tendency or inclination, a current style or preference. When we, at VintageDiamondRing, travel the world we are seeking antique and vintage engagement rings that encompass the latest trends. However, we also want antique engagement rings that are beautiful, pristine, and ones that will always stay classic. Ones that you will pass down for generations to come. When I want to find the latest “it color,” there is only one place I look, and that is toward the Pantone color chart. Pantone’s hot color for fall is red. The first image that comes to mind, when I think of red, is the one and only precious gemstones, Vintage Rubies.
A Little Knowledge about Vintage Rubies
Rubies are from the family of corundum and come from mines including the Burma, Thai, and Africa (Siam). While the Burma (or Burmese) ruby is also known by its nickname, “pigeon blood,” for its deep red color.
Keeping in mind, a natural Burma ruby which has had no treatments will demand a very high price tag in today’s marketplace.
This gemstone has been popular throughout many eras of history. Including the Art Deco, Retro, Victorian, and Mid Century eras. Still today they are in very high demand.
Rubies have very good durability and rate a 9 on the Moes scale of hardness. Yet a key fact to note is a ruby will always have an imperfection within, known as silk. Also, VintageDiamondRing’s collection of ruby gemstones will always be ethical and conflict-free.
The Vintage Rubies of Art Deco
A common theme found has rubies often being set as beautiful accents to complementing a center diamond.
Especially during the Art Deco era. As jewelers loved using rubies, or synthetic rubies, to compliment glittering old European or mine cut diamonds within completed for, or filigree, embellished rings.
To illustrate, this Art Deco ruby engagement ring is the perfect example of Art Deco at its finest! An added note, we never source any rubies, and they will always originate from estates.
Vintage Rubies into the Retro Era
With “statement” rings being in high demand. For this reason, jewelers answered the call with designs where beautiful rubies were paired together with mine cut diamonds set in gorgeous rose gold.
Creating unique rings of style and elegance.
Accordingly, this Retro ruby and diamond ring is the perfect example of this style and the sophistication of the 1940’s.
Vintage Rubies of the Mid-Century
Middle East customers were demanding very large rubies, with no heat treatment, from all over the world, such as Siam and Thailand.
Today, ruby engagement rings are still very much in demand throughout the world, especially with consumers from the Far East.
As an example, this Vintage no heat Siamese Ruby and Diamond ring from the 1970’s