Ruby Engagement Rings for Every Budget

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    Ruby Engagement Rings For Every Budget

    Eva Longoria engaged to Jose Antonio Baston
    Eva Longoria announced her engagement via Instagram. Her ring? A ruby.

    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...MORE that lovely little piece of hardware! Paging Neil Lane... Paging Fred Leighton...

    Anyway, if you’re thinking about a colored-stone engagement ring (versus a traditional diamond style) take a cue from the Telenovela star and reach for a ravishing ruby.

    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…

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    From McTeigue & McClelland...

    McTeigue & McClelland platinum and diamond Ruby Blossom Ring

    Platinum and diamond Ruby Blossom Ring with a 4-carat cushion-cut center stone, available for custom order at McTeigue & McClelland.

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    From Steven Royce Designs...

    Micropavé diamond ring in gold with 1.73-carat cushion-cut ruby center stone, Steven Royce Designs.

    Micropavé diamond ring in white gold with 1.73-carat cushion-cut ruby center stone, $10,400, Steven Royce Designs.

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    At Jogani...

    Platinum ring with a 1.62-carat unheated Burmese ruby center stone set in yellow gold and two Asscher-cut diamond side stones, Jogani.

    Platinum ring with a 1.62-carat unheated Burmese ruby center stone set in yellow gold and two Asscher-cut diamond side stones, $30,000, available at Jogani.

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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.

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    At Betterdige...

    Paolo Costagli platinum and diamond ring with a natural, Burmese ruby center stone, available at Betterdige.

    Paolo Costagli platinum and diamond ring with a 6.10-carat oval-shaped natural, Burmese ruby center stone, $65,000, available at Betterdige.

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    At Morelle Davidson...

    Platinum ring with a 4-carat Burmese ruby center stone flanked by crescent-shaped diamonds, available at Morelle Davidson.

    Platinum ring with a 4-carat Burmese ruby center stone flanked by crescent-shaped diamonds, $89,000, available at Morelle Davidson.

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    At JTV.com...

    10k yellow gold and diamond ring with 4.75-carat pear shape ruby center stone, jtv.com

    10k yellow gold and diamond ring with 4.75-carat pear shape ruby center stone, $229.49, jtv.com

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    At Catbird...

    Satomi Kawakita 18k yellow gold with a .03-carat ruby center stone, available at Catbird.

    Satomi Kawakita 18k yellow gold with a .03-carat ruby center stone, $210, available at Catbird.

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    From Robert Procop...

    Robert Procop ruby and diamond engagement ring

    Platinum and diamond ring with a 10.76-carat Burmese ruby center stone, $2,700,000, Robert Procop.

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    From Michelle Fantaci...

    Michelle Fantaci/Twist

    14k gold Diamond and Ruby Fan Ring, Michelle Fantaci, $2,315, available at Twist