Rubies are one of the “Big Three” in the gemstone world, which means there is a plethora of fabulous ruby jewelry to choose from. Designers use radiant rubies in everything from sensational high jewelry to delicate, everyday fine jewelry. Although diamonds and rubies are perfect companions, designers also mix red rubies with pink stones, including pink sapphires and conch pearls. Read on for our selection of the most beautiful July birthstone jewelry.
Cindy Chao is known for her sculptural masterpieces. She transforms precious metals and gemstones into fluid, seemingly weightless pieces. These earrings feature two rare pink conch pearls, diamonds, and rubies. Twisting diamond-set branches are suspended from the conch pearls, and oval rubies are set between the branches. Each earring has a unique design, reflecting the organic beauty of the natural world.
Cindy Chao White Label Collection earrings in 18K rose gold with 5.2 carats conch pearl, 13.16 carats diamond, and ruby, price on request, cindychao.com
Italian jewelry Picchiotti is known for its high-wattage jewels, featuring exceptional gemstones and classic designs. This necklace is a modern take on a traditional sunburst design. Each ray of diamonds is topped with pavé rubies or diamonds, which gives the piece extra sparkle. In total, it has nearly 22 carats of rubies and 20 carats of diamonds.
Picchiotti necklace in 18K white gold with 21.94 carats ruby and 18.27 carats diamond, $133,200, available at Shreve Crump & Low
Italian jeweler Fabio Salini’s contemporary style is on full display in these gorgeous earrings. They feature nearly 60 carats of diamonds that spiral out from central diamonds. We love his modern take on traditional fan earrings.
Fabio Salini earrings in 18K white gold with 57.85 carats ruby and 5.9 carats diamond, price on request, fabiosalini.co.uk
Brazilian jewelry designer Fernando Jorge is known for his fluid, sensual designs. In these stunning earrings from the Electric Shock collection, he reverse-sets pear-cut rubies along a sweeping gold frame. Alternating colors and sizes shows the beauty and versatility of July’s birthstone.
Fernando Jorge Electric Shock earrings in 18K rose gold with 14.5 carats ruby, $35,100, fernandojorge.com
Jemma Wynne is known for its open rings, which frequently mix different cuts and colored gemstones. This charming ring features a pear-shaped ruby and an emerald-cut pink sapphire.
Jemma Wynne ring in 18K yellow gold with 1.75 carats ruby and 1.75 carats pink sapphire, $25,000, jemmawynne.com
Designer Nam Cho puts a unique twist on gemstone-studded hoop earrings with these ruby beauties. She used black rhodium, which accents the brilliant hue of the alternating round- and baguette-cut rubies. Each is topped with a pavé diamond circle.
Nam Cho earrings in 18K white gold with 5.8 carats ruby and .15 carats diamond, $10,650, mitchellstores.com
We love this charming Twist ring from Los Angeles-based designer Anita Ko. This open ring wraps around the fingers and features graduated rubies.
Anita Ko Ruby Twist ring in 18k rose gold, with 1.95 carats ruby, $3,525, anitako.com
Jacquie Aiche embraces the moody side of ruby with her Elizabeth necklace. It features triangular groupings, each with three rubies. The yellow gold prongs accent the deep color. In total, there are nine carats of rubies in the piece.
Jacquie Aiche Elizabeth necklace in 14K yellow gold with 9 carats ruby, $15,000, jacquieaiche.com
These dramatic chandelier earrings from New York-based designer Mimi So mix two red gemstones: red spinel and ruby. They’re perfect for a romantic evening or black-tie affair.
Mimi So earrings in 18K blackened gold with 11.20 carats red spinel and 6.58 carats ruby, $12,600, mimiso.com