Ruby Engagement Rings South Africa
Ruby engagement rings are for women who prefer colour red and/or are born in the month of July. Ruby is called the king of the gems and it is a viable diamond alternative. It is the red variety of corundum and it is hard, though and bright. Ruby is the rarest of the corundum family and untreated top colour stones can fetch very high prices. Treated rubies however are much more affordable and depending on the level of treatment one can find a stone suitable for any budget. Treated rubies are natural stones with colour and clarity enhanced by different methods of heat treatment.
Ruby engagement rings set with substantial size good colour stones are no longer out of reach. While for sapphire qualifies any colour of corundum except red ruby is only red. Colour of ruby deviate from the pure red towards orange or pink. The pure red, free of overtones is the rarest and most expensive one. The saturation is also sought after in the medium values. Too saturated stones look very much like dark pyrope garnet and the pale ones does not qualify for rubies but and are classified as pink sapphires. One value in saturation in an untreated stone makes huge difference in price. The rule “the brighter the better “applies for ruby like for most gemstones used in jewellery.
Although very bright, the ruby engagement rings need stronger light to bring their sparkle forward. This is why the use of diamonds in the design is advisable. Even a pair small diamonds on the sides greatly improves the overall appearance, while framing the ruby with diamond halo will underline its deep colour. More designs for ruby rings can be found in the sapphire engagement rings and emerald engagement rings sections, since the main stones are interchangeable.