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Platinum Jewelry Finds for July Birthdays: Ruby Birthstone Jewelry

 

Though part of the sapphire family, the red variety is so coveted for their scarcity and powerful burning color that rubies are a category unto themselves. Known as the gemstone of nobility—written in Sanskrit as Ratnaraj, or “king of precious stones”—the ruby is universally hailed as a talisman of protection, love (in all forms), vitality, and prosperity. Ruby platinum jewelry is not for the faint of heart!

 
The details of this Shreve, Crump & Low platinum ring are truly heartwarming: the 3.16-carat ruby of magnificent, saturated color gives such life to the tried-and-true halo style while two pear-shaped diamonds set in an east-west orientation further add to the extraordinary design of a ring destined for a lifetime of love. It is a testament to the strength and durability of platinum that this ring looks as crisp and bright as the day it was made!

Because the best ruby specimens exhibit a strong hue that is naturally fluorescent, the gems appear to glow with an ember-like quality especially under daylight.

 

You can spot these glittering rubies from across the room in this personalized platinum token by Alexis Kletjian—I would know because I wear a charm like this daily and receive the most enthusiastic compliments! Either adorned upon the wrist or around the neck, it is one of my most beloved future heirlooms and comes with my highest recommendation.

The ancients therefore believed that rubies carry within an inextinguishable fire; able to shine through any covering and, while remaining cool to the touch, causing water to boil upon immediate contact. In short, rubies were self-confidence and fortitude made tangible.

 

When diamonds are sprinkled with the vibrant red of rubies, you can practically hear this pianist (via Betteridge) playing up a storm and bringing the platinum party! • These clever cufflinks available at Macklowe Gallery are worth a second look because they would be worn with the platinum commanding most of the limelight… until, with a gentle motion of the hand, et voilà: a discreet yet striking flash of red. • This Cathy Waterman bracelet via A. Brandt+Son flows across the wrist with movement that could only be inspired by nature and immortalized in platinum.

In the Middle Ages, rubies were worn to ward off the plague and clear the mind of sadness and idleness. They aided with resolving disputes, bringing much-needed mental tranquility. Touted as a remedy for the eyes and, when ingested, rubies were also proclaimed to restore robustness and verve to the body.

 

Courtesy of Shreve, Crump & Low: the lighting on this bracelet hits some of the gems in such a way that you can really spot the difference between the overall color and that luminous, neon fluorescence—the hallmark of extraordinary rubies. Platinum jewelry at its finest!

Owing to their beauty and mighty reputation, the “gems of majesty” are one of the best gifts to wish a wedded couple eternal affection, marital balance, and dignity. Rubies would also be apt for the explorer, scientist, or student, for they instill an imperial kind of courage—as opposed to destructive—that ignites the desire to achieve to flourishing effect.

 

This star ruby and platinum dome ring from Fourtané is both a jewel and an engineering marvel! Although suspended from a relatively great height, the use of platinum ensures that each gem is securely set. • This important Bulgari Burmese ruby and diamond “Trombino” ring via Berganza is a stately celebration of the Earth’s natural wealth and would look perfectly at home upon a male or female hand.

The noblest of gemstones with the noblest of metals: ruby platinum jewelry will be the reigning treasures of your jewelry suite!

 

→ Missed June’s feature? Click here to read about pearls, Alexandrites, and moonstones!

 

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J.E. Obloy is a writer, philanthropist, and lifelong admirer of fine jewelry. Originally from Guam, she now lives in California. Check out her Instagram for more inspiring jewels!

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