Although diamonds may be the default for engagement rings, they're not a requirement. Some people prefer a more colorful stone or want an affordable option. A ruby can offer both.

Why Rubies Make Good Engagement Rings

Price

Rubies are more affordable than diamonds and some other precious stones. Even a full-carat ruby may be more affordable than a smaller diamond. Enhancements can further reduce a ruby's price; although, it may also impact a ruby's durability.

Of course, nothing is more affordable than a free family heirloom. If Grandma's engagement ring was a ruby, there's no reason not to keep the tradition alive. Furthermore, an existing stone may be transformed into an engagement ring. Even those people without heirlooms may consider vintage rubies rather than new gems.

Uniqueness

Because rubies are used less often for engagement rings, a ruby ring will stand out, even if it's not vintage. Furthermore, rubies come in a variety of reds, from deep crimson to nearly pink. This color choice ensures that buyers can find a ruby that is as unique as they are or one that matches their aesthetic. It's also good news for those who prefer a ruby that's more orange or purple because those stones are cheaper.

Ethics

One reason why people avoid diamonds is that diamond mining can be dangerous and manipulative to people, and disruptive to the environment. Consumers looking for ethically sourced rubies should consider options from Australia, Greenland, or the United States. However, a ruby's source may impact its color.

Another option is a lab-created ruby, which is ethical and creates perfect gems, unlike nature. Their lower prices may also allow buyers to purchase a larger stone for their beloveds.

Durability

Diamonds aren't the only durable gem around. Rubies hold up well in any setting, including pressure settings. This opens up options for truly original ruby engagement rings!

When Rubies Don't Make Good Engagement Rings

Natural stones are naturally flawed. While it's easy to find a near-perfect diamond, the same cannot be said for rubies. Any stone above one carat will likely display one of the following flaws that gemstone cutters will attempt to work around.

  • Color zoning - where different patches of colors are visible in the ruby.
  • Windowing - when the cut is too shallow, and the color is distributed poorly.¬†
  • Extinction - darker areas covering more than 25% of the stone
  • Inclusions - defined dark spots
  • Lack of symmetry

Aside from that, rubies without clarity or transparency are generally less desirable for engagement rings.

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After finding the perfect rubies, shoppers may consider framing them with smaller diamond accents or setting the band with diamonds for a more traditional or complimentary touch. However, a ruby solitaire can make a breathtaking ring on its own!