Ruby is the king of gemstones, and for good reason: it is the most popular and sought-after option when it comes to purchasing colored gemstone engagement rings, and is widely associated with love and passion. Ruby's vibrant pigeon blood red color and its more subtle pinkish-purplish tones have made it a popular alternative to the more traditional diamond as the centerpiece of a ring.
Although ruby rings have been around for a long time, their appeal as engagement rings has skyrocketed in recent decades, mostly due to their widespread adoption by celebrities. Here are a few of the most famous ruby engagement rings worn by celebrities.
1 & 2. Jessica and Ashlee Simpson
In addition to their musical talents, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson are also well-known for their impeccable style. It was predictable that the platinum-selling siblings would go against convention and pick colorful stones for their engagement rings.
Both sisters' rings were created by renowned jeweler Neil Lane. Ashlee wore an Edwardian-style ruby and diamond band, and Jessica's 5-carat ruby was set in a three-stone setting.
3. Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham is already practically a byword for ostentatious engagement rings.
During her 22 years of marriage to David Beckham, Victoria accumulated a total of 14 rings. A beautiful oval-cut ruby in a one-of-a-kind diamond floral setting was her gift in 2009. She now has nine rings, including two with colored gemstones.
4. Katy Perry
Katy Perry, the singer, is known for her innovative and one-of-a-kind sense of style, so it stands to reason that her engagement ring would reflect this.
Her ring features an oval ruby that is (about) 2 carats, surrounded by 8 white diamonds in a halo setting. This ring is presumed to be antique, however its designer remains a mystery.
5. Duchess of York Sarah
Since the unveiling of Princess Diana's renowned blue sapphire ring in 1981, royals have been at the forefront of popularizing jewelry featuring colored gemstones. Sarah Ferguson, the future Duchess of York, was given an oval Burmese ruby engagement ring by Prince Andrew in 1986, continuing the style.
Visit the Modern Gem Jewelry website, where you may pick your ideal ruby based on color, shape, clarity, carat weight, etc., and place it in a ring setting of your choosing to create a similar look. You can also have a one-of-a-kind item made just for you.