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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there any ethical concerns related to the mining and trade of rubies for jewellery?

There are ethical concerns related to the mining and trade of rubies for jewellery, especially when it comes to conflict or blood diamonds. These unethical practices often occur in developing countries with weak governance and regulations, leading to environmental and social damages. However, some mining companies have established ethical and sustainable practices, including fair wages and safe working conditions for workers, environmentally-friendly mining techniques, and traceability of the supply chain. Customers can also look for certified gemstones, such as those from the Responsible Jewellery Council, to ensure that their purchase does not contribute to unethical practices.

How durable is ruby as a gemstone for jewellery?

Ruby is one of the hardest gemstones, second only to diamond on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it a highly durable choice for jewellery. However, like all gemstones, rubies can still crack or chip if subjected to extreme pressure or impacts. It is essential to take proper care of your ruby jewellery by avoiding exposure to chemicals, removing it before engaging in any physical activity or heavy labour, and storing it in a safe and secure place.

Can ruby jewellery be custom made, and how would one go about it?

Yes, ruby jewellery can be custom-made to suit individual preferences and styles. A customer can work with one of our jewellers to create a unique design that incorporates their preferred ruby shape, size, and cut. The jeweller can also advise on the best metal setting and additional gemstones to enhance the overall appearance of the piece. The process typically involves a consultation to discuss design ideas, followed by the creation of a 3D model or prototype for approval before final production.

What is the history of ruby jewellery, and when did it first become popular?

Ruby has been used in jewellery for centuries and has a rich history dating back to ancient civilizations. It was highly prized by royalty and nobility for its rarity and beauty, often adorning crowns, sceptres, and other regalia. Ruby also held symbolic significance, representing passion, love, and power. It was during the Victorian era that ruby jewellery became popular among the middle class, with demand growing due to advances in mining and cutting techniques, making rubies more accessible to a wider audience.

What are the most common colours of ruby used in jewellery, and what are their meanings?

The most common colour of ruby used in jewellery is a rich, deep red hue, often referred to as pigeon blood red. However, rubies can also come in shades of pink, purple, and orange, each with its unique meaning. Red rubies symbolise passion, love, and energy, while pink rubies represent femininity, gentleness, and compassion. Purple rubies are associated with wisdom and spirituality, while orange rubies symbolise strength and vitality.

Can I get my Ruby Jewellery custom made, and how?

Certainly! Customising ruby jewellery is a great way to personalise your jewellery and make it truly unique. To get started, you can visit a jeweller who specialises in custom jewellery and discuss your ideas with them. They will work with you to create a design that incorporates your vision and preferences, while also ensuring that it is feasible and practical.

What are some popular designs for ruby necklaces and bracelets?

Ruby necklaces and bracelets can come in a variety of designs, from classic and timeless to modern and bold. Some popular styles include a delicate ruby pendant on a gold or silver chain, a tennis bracelet featuring a row of sparkling rubies, or a statement piece with a large ruby as the centrepiece, surrounded by smaller diamonds or other gemstones. The design can also incorporate different shapes, such as round.

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