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Ruby Engagement Rings For Every Budget
It’s been a while since we’ve had a celebrity engagement story to sink our teeth into and this one has us seeing red. That’s right: Eva Longoria recently announced her engagement to media executive Jose Antonio Baston with a photo on Instagram, in which you can kinda-sorta see her engagement ring, a rather large ruby accented with clusters of diamonds. Snapped against a desert backdrop in Dubai, the pic captures the couple in a passionate embrace—we wish them well, but want more details about... that lovely little piece of hardware! Paging Neil Lane... Paging Fred Leighton...
According to Beth Bernstein, author of the book, If These Jewels Could Talk...
Signifying powerful emotions and the deepest colors of blood and fire, it is no wonder that the ruby is the gem most associated with passion and desire. The word ruby comes from Latin ruber, which means ‘red’. The glowing intensity of the ruby suggests an inextinguishable flame burning in the stone and radiating out to ignite love. In early cultures it was believed that rubies held the power of life. Historically, rubies have evoked lore and legends over the centuries and are significant to various early cultures. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, the word for ruby is ratnaraj, or ‘king of precious stones’. In Burma (now Myanmar), a ruby source since approximately AD 600, warriors carried the red gem in the belief that it would make them invincible in battle.
Other ruby-wearing brides include Ashley and Jessica Simpson. And when Prince Rainier proposed to Grace Kelly, he presented her with a ruby and diamond eternity band (which she later swapped out for an emerald-cut engagement ring from Cartier). Here are a few new favorites to consider…Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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From McTeigue & McClelland...
Platinum and diamond Ruby Blossom Ring with a 4-carat cushion-cut center stone, available for custom order at McTeigue & McClelland.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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From Steven Royce Designs...
Micropavé diamond ring in white gold with 1.73-carat cushion-cut ruby center stone, $10,400, Steven Royce Designs.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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From Aspen Diamond Co...
18k rose gold ring with a 7.07-carat ruby center stone surrounded by diamonds and pink sapphires, $19,800, Aspen Diamond Co.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Paolo Costagli platinum and diamond ring with a 6.10-carat oval-shaped natural, Burmese ruby center stone, $65,000, available at Betterdige.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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At Morelle Davidson...
Platinum ring with a 4-carat Burmese ruby center stone flanked by crescent-shaped diamonds, $89,000, available at Morelle Davidson.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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10k yellow gold and diamond ring with 4.75-carat pear shape ruby center stone, $229.49, jtv.comContinue to 9 of 11 below.
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Satomi Kawakita 18k yellow gold with a .03-carat ruby center stone, $210, available at Catbird.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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From Michelle Fantaci...
14k gold Diamond and Ruby Fan Ring, Michelle Fantaci, $2,315, available at Twist