The birthstone of July, rubies have long been considered the king of gems and represent love, health and wisdom.
The allure of rubies is so strong that it has worked its way into all cultures of the world throughout history. In more recent years they have been a firm favourite of Jewellery houses like Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels and legendary jewellery lovers like Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who understood that the bold ruby was the perfect way to make a statement with their jewellery.
Rubies are a favourite amongst those in power and those in love, inspiring more emotion than almost any other stone. As a symbol of passion and love, it is the ideal choice for engagement jewellery, as well as being the gemstone associated with 40th wedding anniversaries.
Rubies are one of the most valuable precious gemstones in nature, with the prices of fine quality rubies rising consistently. Colour is the most important factor in rubies with transparency a secondary consideration. Inclusions are a characteristic of the stone and accepted as inclusion free stones are rare and fine quality stones in larger carat sizes are rare.
Natural rubies are hard to find as they are often heat treated to enhance the colour of the stone and reduce the appearance of inclusions. An exciting characteristic of David’s collection is that every ruby is entirely natural and comes with a laboratory certificate confirming its characteristics and that it is free from treatment.