Ruby: the stone of passion, and festivity

Red is a particularly appropriate colour at this festive time, evoking the red of holly berries and even Father Christmas' uniform!

The red of ruby, one of the most precious and valuable gemstones of all, can vary from a pure vibrant red to a slightly purplish red colour. The most valuable rubies come from Myanmar, and the most prized colour is often described as 'pigeon's blood', a red to slightly purplish or pinkish red colour of ruby with a soft, glowing, red fluorescence.

Rubies, like sapphires (part of the same family of gemstones), are very durable and can be worn for a lifetime. Often bought to celebrate 40th anniversaries, they are also thought to symbolise passion, wealth and prosperity!

The 18ct gold, pear shaped ruby and diamond cluster pendant is in a classic style, and matches well with the oval ruby cluster ring and the claw-set five stone ring. The earrings showcase the round faceted rubies in collet (or rubover) settings, with a surround of diamonds, very much an Edwardian aesthetic.

The other pendant has the diamonds in a channel setting, with lovely yellow gold claws accenting the pear shaped ruby.

Finally, for a sleek, seamless band of lustrous red, the line bracelet will add a dash of colour to your wrist.

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