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From Cleopatra to Kate Middleton: The Fire Within Ruby Jewellery

Ruby jewellery has captivated hearts for centuries, and its timeless allure continues to make it a favourite among gemstone enthusiasts. Known for its high value and striking red hue, the ruby symbolises passion, love, and vitality. In this article, we explore ruby jewellery and its rich history, significance, and the enduring charm that makes it a favourite in gemstone jewellery.

Symbolism Of Rubies 

Throughout history, rubies have always held a large cultural significance. Ancient civilisations believed that rubies possessed protective powers, bringing good fortune and shielding their wearers from harm. In many cultures, the gemstone is associated with love and passion, making it a popular choice for engagement rings and romantic gifts. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the ruby's symbolic meaning enhances its desirability.

The History Of Rubies

Throughout the ages, rubies have adorned the crowns and jewellery of royalty and many historical figures such as Cleopatra, resulting in the rubys's association with power and wealth. In ancient cultures, these vibrant gemstones were also believed to possess protective properties, bringing good fortune to those who wore them. In the 18th and 19th centuries, ruby engagement rings gained popularity as a distinctive choice, symbolising a couple’s enduring love. One of the most famous rubies is the DeLong Star Ruby, a 100.32-carat ruby, making it one of the largest rubies in the world and is currently on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

How Are Rubies Formed? 

Rubies are formed through a geological process within the Earth's crust. These precious gems are created under high pressure and temperature conditions, undergoing metamorphic processes in rocks like marble or basalt. Magma intrusions and the interaction of trace elements further contribute to the gem's unique characteristics. Rubies have been mined in various parts of the world, including Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar. Each region contributes unique qualities to the rubies it produces, adding to the gemstone's diverse appeal. Understanding the fascinating journey of how rubies are formed adds depth to the appreciation of their beauty and rarity.

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Is Ruby Jewellery Trending?

Yes, ruby jewellery is trending with many celebrities wearing ruby jewellery, adding a touch of glamour and sophistication to their red-carpet looks. Renowned personalities, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Kate Middleton, have been known to wear stunning ruby pieces, showcasing the gem's timeless appeal. Hollywood actors like Angelina Jolie and Jessica Chastain have also been spotted wearing exquisite ruby earrings and necklaces.

The deep red hue of rubies complements various fashion styles, making them a popular choice among both celebrities and others. Ruby jewellery commonly pairs well with a cool skin tone, green eyes, and brown hair to complement your profile. However, this is not always the case and also comes down to personal style and preferences for which gemstone jewellery you should choose.

Special Occasions To Gift Ruby Jewellery


Ruby, with its captivating red brilliance, takes centre stage as the birthstone for July, infusing this summer month with passion and vibrant energy. Renowned for symbolising love and prosperity, rubies make a meaningful and timeless gift for those born in July that can be made unique with our  personalised engraving service. The deep red hue of this precious gemstone reflects the intensity of summer, creating a striking contrast against warm weather wardrobes. As a birthstone, rubies are believed to bring good fortune, protection, and vitality to the wearer. 

Discover more about birthstones with our complete birthstone jewellery guide.


As the second most common gemstone for engagement rings behind diamonds, rubies bring a distinctive and fiery allure to romantic commitments. The durability of rubies, coupled with their captivating colour, makes them a meaningful choice for couples seeking a unique and enduring symbol of their union. Rubies rank high on the Mohs scale of hardness, ensuring that the gemstones withstand the test of time and are in the family for generations to come. The hardness of ruby also symbolises the enduring strength of the couple's relationship making rubies a perfect representation of lasting love.

Find out more about diamond engagement rings and coloured engagement rings in our engagement ring buying guide.


The 40th wedding anniversary, also known as ‘the ruby anniversary’, is typically celebrated with the gift of ruby jewellery. Gifting ruby jewellery on this special occasion not only honours the enduring bond of a long-lasting marriage but also signifies the strength of love that continues to thrive. Whether it's a stunning ruby necklace, earrings, or a beautifully crafted ruby ring, the gift will serve as a forever reminder of a momentous occasion.

Valentine's Day

Ruby jewellery makes for an exquisite and heartfelt gift for Valentine's Day, showcasing passion and love in a dazzling display. Renowned for its deep red hue, the ruby symbolises romance and desire, making it the perfect gemstone to convey the intensity of emotions associated with this special day. 

How To Care For Your Ruby Jewellery

Caring for your ruby jewellery correctly ensures its longevity and preserves its radiance. To maintain the brilliance of rubies, it's important to clean them regularly with a soft brush and hand soap, avoiding harsh chemicals that may compromise the gem's integrity. Store ruby pieces separately from other jewellery to prevent scratches, as ruby jewellery is exceptionally durable but is not totally immune to abrasions. It's also advisable to remove ruby jewellery before engaging in activities that may expose it to potential damage, such as rigorous physical activities or household chores. Periodic professional cleaning by a jeweller can also further enhance the gem's sparkle and address any accumulated dirt or residue as well as checking for any damage and necessary repairs. By following these few tips, you can ensure that your ruby jewellery remains as vibrant and beautiful as the day you bought it, allowing you to enjoy its timelessly for years to come.

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High Quality & Ethically Sourced Ruby Jewellery

Deacons Jewellers takes pride in offering high-quality ruby jewellery that not only captivates with its stunning beauty but also upholds ethical standards. Our commitment to excellence extends to the meticulous sourcing of rubies from ethical and transparent channels. Each ruby in our collection is carefully selected for its rich colour and exceptional clarity.

Ruby Jewellery At Deacons Jewellers 

Ruby jewellery, with its rich history, deep symbolism, and captivating beauty, stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of this majestic gemstone. Whether you choose a ruby engagement ring, ruby necklace, ruby earrings, or ruby bracelet, incorporating this vibrant gem into your collection is a timeless and meaningful choice that resonates with passion and elegance. The allure of ruby jewellery is not just in its radiant red hue but also in the stories and sentiments it carries, making it a cherished and timeless addition to any jewellery collection. 

Visit our Swindon showroom to explore the collection in person or enquire to find out more.