What could be a more fitting birthstone for the month of July than the warm, fiery ruby? Ruby jewelry is bold and bright, perfectly fitting for a month that’s drenched in rays of sunlight.
The word “ruby” has become synonymous with an eye-catching red hue. This brilliant color gives jewelry of any kind—from vintage to classic to modern—a looks that really pops. There’s no ignoring this gemstone. Saturated in the shade of the most beautiful red rose, the ruby infuses all it touches with a sense of vibrancy that few gems can match.
In fact, the ruby possesses such great beauty and value that King Solomon references it to explain the incomparable worth of wisdom: “For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.” (Proverbs 8:11) Of all the gemstones from which Solomon could choose, he chose a ruby, showing that he—like countless others throughout history—considered it to be a gem of nearly matchless worth.
In spite of (or maybe because of) its beauty and worth, the ruby is a surprisingly versatile basic—and not just if you’re off to see the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, the leading lady of that classic tale, had the right idea, though. Although rubies are precious stones, they don’t need to be set aside to be worn only for the fanciest occasions. Their look is versatile yet exotic, adding a dose of luxury to any day you choose to wear them.
Rubies aren’t just strong in the looks department, however. They’re also quite hard, allowing them to stand up to wear and tear and remain beautiful for the long haul. The ruby’s ability to endure makes it perfectly suited for heirloom jewelry, and every piece in Apples of Gold’s ruby jewelry collection is created with a commitment to quality that ensures that every piece you invest in will still look dazzling several generations from now.
Few pieces showcase the deep beauty of a ruby as well as Apples of Gold’s Ruby Gemstone Solitaire Ring. Choose both the size of the ruby and the metal that best suits your preferences to create a ring that shows off the ruby, as well as your good taste.
If you prefer a look that’s a bit more subtle but every bit as sophisticated, consider the Bezel Set Benchmark Ruby Band. Eight round rubies are evenly spaced all the way around this polished 14K gold band, creating a look that offers dazzle from any angle. Like all benchmark bands, this one comes with a lifetime guarantee and lifetime sizing.
A ruby is truly timeless, having proven its ability to capture eyes and hearts across empires and continents. The 1 Carat Art Deco Ruby Ring is an unforgettable example of this gem’s ability to take a style from the past and make it both strikingly current and gorgeously timeless. The excitement and elegance of the 1920s is perfectly captured and interpreted for the present in this unique 14K white gold ring. A graceful, polished lotus flower opens to reveal an eye-grabbing ruby, set on a band carved with a design of swirling flowers and petals.
Ruby earrings are a classically glamorous accent and Apples of Gold carries a number of designs that let you add just the right touch of sophistication to your style. You can’t go wrong with a pair of timeless ruby studs, an unfussy but ultimately elegant addition to any jewelry collection. Choose the size of your stones, the metal that holds them and the backings that best suit you: push-back posts or screw-back posts. Alone or partnered with other similar pieces, their simple, relentless beauty makes them one of the most versatile types of ruby jewelry.
The Pear Shaped Ruby and Diamond Flower Earrings in 14k White Gold add extra glitz to a classic, surrounding two 7mm-high pear-shaped rubies with dazzling frames of diamonds, totaling over a half carat in weight. These earrings are worthy of the most special occasion.
Of course, there’s no reason to limit this special occasion-worthy style to just your ears. The Pear Shaped Ruby and Diamond Flower Pendant in 14K White Gold takes this diamond and ruby combination and dangles it from a pendant, creating a piece that’s excellent on its own or in combination with its matching counterparts
These and many other designs in Apples of Gold’s collection of ruby jewelry demonstrate the gorgeous contrast that’s created when rubies are accented with diamonds, which reflect their striking red hue and add extra dazzle. And, since both rubies and diamonds have proven themselves to be perpetually precious gemstones over hundreds and even thousands of years, these two sparkling stones easily cooperate to create styles that will endure generation after generation.
Ruby jewelry is a perfect gift for any July birthday, but few people would object to receiving a ruby-accented design for any occasion. By giving a stone that’s precious, you demonstrate the worth and beauty that you see in another person, as well as provide that person with a tangible reminder that you value them.
Red has long been the color that’s associated with love, and it’s hard to mistake the passion that’s communicated by the rich, warm color of a ruby. Jewelry that features this stone is a wonderful way to show someone that they hold a special place in your heart. Rubies have long been given as symbols of affection and are a sure way to demonstrate your love for someone with a July birthday, or anyone with a love of beautiful jewelry.
Pieces such as the Ruby and Diamond Sparkle Heart Ring are ideal gifts or reminders of those close to you. This unique ring places a round ruby inside a heart-shaped cutout for a look that’s lighthearted and charming. Eight bezel-set diamonds serve as accents on this 14K white gold style.
The vibrant look of a ruby is also fitting as part of a symbol of the faith that gives you purpose, and the 14K Gold Ruby Cross Diamond Pendant does just that beautifully. An oval-shaped ruby, accented by four round diamonds, radiates from the center of this contemporary pendant, which comes with its own 18” 14K gold rope chain.
Although rubies are one of the four traditional precious gemstones, that doesn’t mean that you need to bypass ruby jewelry if you’re on a budget. Apples of Gold offers several sterling silver styles that allow you to enjoy the beauty of a ruby at a lower cost than their 14K gold counterparts. For example, the Vintage Ruby Floral Ring in .925 Sterling Silver features one of the same eye-catching Victorian designs that are featured in Apples of Gold’s collection of white gold jewelry. This old-fashioned yet timeless openwork design, accented with carved flowers, is feminine and perpetually pretty. Or, consider the Ruby Double Swirl Heart Pendant in .925 Sterling Silver, which places a small but impactful ruby at the bottom of a unique heart-within-a-heart design. A rhodium plating prevents tarnishing and the included 18” rope chain makes it ready to wear and to love.
No matter when your birthday falls, it’s hard to ignore the allure of a ruby. This blazingly beautiful gemstone captures the light and warm of the month of July and radiates them all year round.