Ruby Engagement Ring Buying Guide

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Ruby Engagement Ring Buying Guide

The fiery, rich hue of rubies set the perfect tone for the beginning of lifelong companionship and romance, so what better than a ruby to announce the betrothal? The birthstone for those born in July, the ruby represents devotion and desire making it an ideal choice for an engagement ring. A ruby engagement ring celebrates every aspect of love, be it romance, passion, or sensuality just as red roses do. One of the scarcest gemstones, rubies also find application in turntable styli and as tiny bearings in wristwatches, and are also crucial to laser technology.

Buying a ruby engagement ring is much like buying a diamond ring. The evaluation of rubies is done the same way, using the four Cs as for diamonds. The setting, the band that holds the rubies, and the precious metal are all carefully considered to create a beautiful engagement ring. Most jewellers will create ruby engagement rings in several patterns and styles, and for those shoppers who wish to browse through a wide variety of ruby engagement rings in different price ranges, eBay is the place to go. Whether one wishes to buy a readymade ring or a ring that is of one's own design, it is important to have thorough knowledge of the gemstone, metal, and design.

Buying a Ruby Engagement Ring Off the Shelf

Buying jewellery off the shelf is easy, and with hundreds of jewellery stores selling rings in thousands of styles and designs, the shopper is spoilt for choice. Readymade designs are attractive and many of them are classics, time-tested ring designs. Modern designs or simple designs are easily available when buying readymades. Another advantage is that one can try on the various styles and designs available in ruby engagement rings and then choose what suits best. The most favourable factor when opting for off-the-shelf rings from jewellery stores is that, should one have second thoughts about the selected ring, it may be exchanged or returned within the stipulated time. Lastly, buying engagement rings off the shelf is a definite boon for last-minute shoppers.

Self-Designed Ruby Engagement Ring

Many couples want to make the engagement a memorable one by creating their own design for the engagement ring. This is exciting and gratifying process. The rubies and other gemstones, the precious metal, the setting style for the stones, and the design of the ring all must be planned with care. Most jewellers are willing to guide their clients through the making of customised engagement rings, with the jeweller remaining in touch with the client to ensure that the ring-making process meets and exceeds the client's expectations.

Building the Ruby Engagement Ring

Several precious metals and stones in various combinations go to make the perfect ring. The manner in which the gemstones are set into the precious metal are what bring out the beauty and dazzle of the stones and make the ring unique.

The Ruby

The term ruby comes from the Latin 'rubrum', meaning red, and rubies are obtained from the red mineral corundum. Corundum creates yet another gemstone, sapphire, which is available in a variety of colours, while ruby only comes from red corundum. Corundum, a crystalline form of aluminium oxide with traces of titanium, chromium, and iron, occurs in different colours because of the impurities present in it. It is a hard and abrasive substance, second only to diamond in hardness.

While creating a ruby engagement ring, the main accent may be a large ruby gemstone as the central attraction, or it may be combined with smaller diamonds, rubies, pearls, or opals. While keeping in mind the budget allocated for purchasing the ruby engagement ring, shopper should choose quality over size when selecting rubies. The four Cs used for diamonds, representing carat, cut, clarity and colour, are applicable to rubies as well.


The carat of a ruby is its weight and size. It measures as one gemstone carat equalling 200 mg, which means 5 carats for a gemstone weighing one gram. Unlike diamonds, carat size is not the most important determining factor in a ruby's price.


The ruby is cut in a way to enhance its colour. A deep cut on the gemstone brings out deep, rich colour, while a shallow cut produces a lighter, brilliant hue. A ruby with a cabochon cut has a flat bottom and a domed top. A more complex cut is faceting, in which the ruby is cut so that it has several geometrically arranged flat surfaces of various sizes, called facets. The various facets reflect light differently to bring out the brilliance of the ruby. The top of a faceted ruby is called the crown, while the middle widest part is the girdle and the tapering bottom faceted part is the pavilion. The lowest base point of the ruby is the culet. A large-sized facet on the crown is called table and the table facet allows a peek into the interior of the gemstone. Faceted rubies may be cut in various styles such as the popular round brilliant cut, the step or emerald cut, and the mixed cut combining both brilliant and step cuts.


Small inclusions or impurities do not greatly mar the appearance of a ruby; in fact, these mark the individuality of the ruby and provide evidence of its natural origin, thereby enhancing its value.


Almost half the value of a ruby depends on its colour and transparency. An intense, eye-catching red is appealing and so are the range of shades, vivid and uniform in light orange, dark orange, and purple. When selecting a ruby, its colour takes precedence over other factors.

Shape of the Ruby

While the cut of the ruby indicates its symmetry, the ruby can take many shapes or contours. There are numerous popular shapes as indicated below.

Name of Cut

Shape of Ruby

Round Brilliant

Most common round ruby with 58 facets on crown, girdle, pavilion

Princess Cut

Square-shaped ruby

Asscher Cut

A stepped cut in a square ruby

Emerald Cut

Similar to the stepped cut, but in a rectangular ruby


Symmetrical, egg-shaped stone


Also called navette, which mean small boat-shaped


Shaped like a teardrop, with one rounded end and the other a pointed one


Triangular shape


Heart-shaped ruby perfect for an engagement ring


Square- or rectangular-cut with rounded corners resembling a pillow

All of these shapes are easily available in ruby engagement rings or rubies with these shapes may be purchased loose.

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The band of a ruby engagement rings is generally yellow, rose, or white gold, platinum, or palladium. Gold is the preferred choice, and hundreds of designs of ruby engagement rings set in yellow gold along with diamonds are easily available.

Natural and Treated Rubies

Natural, unheated rubies are the best, but most often rubies are subjected to heat treatments to enhance colour and transparency. Shoppers should ask their jewellers what heat treatment the selected ruby has undergone, as it affects the price significantly. Thermally enhanced rubies that are subjected to plain heating without the addition of any chemicals are significantly costlier than those that have been treated with fluxes, a purifying agent such as borax, beryllium, bismuth, and lead.

How to Buy Ruby Engagement Rings on eBay

eBay has a vast collection of ruby engagement rings suited to every budget, from the inexpensive ones to sparkling, fiery high end ruby engagement rings. Buying jewellery studded with precious stones such as rubies, diamonds, pearls, and others requires careful scrutiny, as only a trained eye can spot any flaws. Shoppers buying from top-rated sellers on eBay can shop and buy with confidence, as these sellers are tried and tested and have consistently received excellent feedback from clients for genuine products, prompt delivery, and excellent service. Sellers may even include a certificate of authenticity from reputed gem grading agencies.

With the sellers' contact details provided on the individual listing page, eBay encourages shoppers to correspond with sellers to clarify all doubts, before making purchases. eBay has several safe and secure payment options, so shoppers need not worry about divulging personal information and they may use the option most suited to them to make purchases on eBay.


Engagement rings with gemstones, including rubies, are hugely popular. Like diamond rings, ruby engagement rings come in various cuts and shapes to bring out the fiery brilliance of the rubies. Ruby engagement rings can also have a combination of rubies with diamonds, opals, or pearls. Ruby engagement rings are available off the shelf at jewellery stores and online. Those who wish to create their own ruby engagement rings from scratch will have to purchase the rubies and have them set in a band made from a suitable precious metal. Yellow, white, and rose gold are ideal for creating ruby engagement rings and so are platinum and palladium.

While selecting rubies, shoppers should consider the colour more than the size of the ruby. A transparent, bright red ruby is the ideal one; those with pale or bright orange and even purple hues are categorised as good rubies. Also important to remember is that a ruby that has not been heat-treated is the best and most expensive, while those that have been chemically treated to enhance colour are the cheapest varieties.

Ultimately, the beauty of the ruby lies in the eye of the beholder. Choosing the perfect ruby with the right cut and selecting a timeless design ensures a beautiful ruby engagement ring that will be the envy of all.

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