news & events

Posts Tagged Rubies

Power Play: Marina B Art-Deco Inspired Ruby & Diamond Earrings

by on April 1st, 2010

Marina B Ruby & Diamond Earrings, $75,000

These spectacular ruby and diamond earrings by Marina B are a radical departure from her usual style of playful color and polished gold in bold unusual shapes.

Marina Bulgari was the granddaughter of Sotirio Boulgaris, the founder of Bulgari. In 1979, she opened her first boutique in Geneva and went on to international recognition.

The Art-Deco-inspired spirit to these earrings includes very fine Burmese rubies surrounded by pave-set and baguette-cut diamonds mounted in platinum.

Different jewelry designs create a wide variety of styles, and these earrings are about confidence, power and glamour.

An Exceptional Burmese Ruby Ring

by on December 1st, 2009

9.50 Carat Burmese Ruby & Diamond Cluster Ring

9.50 Carat Burmese Ruby & Diamond Cluster Ring, $175,000

This is a truly extraordinary ring. It’s a classic Edwardian-style cluster ring, centering on a gem-color untreated, natural Burmese ruby, set in an important diamond entourage.

Nothing has more impact, particularly during this time of year, than a stunning ruby ring.

Finding the Perfect Present

by on November 1st, 2009

Raymond C. Yard Art Deco Star Ruby & Diamond Ring, $29,500

I walked into the Greenwich store a few years ago, and a woman grabbed my arm, saying “Terry, you guys made my day. My husband is absolutely impossible to shop for and you had the perfect gift.”

She had found a beat up green box on one of our counters that contained a treasury ink stand, a rare and wonderful piece of English silver meant to hold everything on your desk. I had put it out on the counter, because I wanted someone to open it and to have that same sense of discovery that I had when I first found it.

Now, a treasury ink stand may not be for everybody, but it was the right gift for her husband, a gift that paid dividends every time he sat down in his office. Let us know if we can help you find that perfect present for your loved one.

Rubies and Sapphires: Fireworks for any Occasion

by on July 1st, 2009

Ruby & Diamond Cluster Earrings and Sapphire & Diamond Cluster Earrings, from $5,000.

Corundum. Although it sounds like an obtuse problem, corundum is actually the mineral that composes some of the most sought after gemstones in the world.

Most people know corundum as a ruby if it is red and a sapphire if it is blue. Depending on where it is found, the mineral tends to take on a particular hue, which is why the fabulous “pigeon’s blood rubies” are often from Burma and the more tame, somewhat purplish “reds” are usually from Thailand. Famously, the most beautiful blue sapphires are from mines in Kashmir, but stunning, somewhat differently textured blue sapphires are well known in Burma as well and still other paler, but still brilliant, “blues” are found in Ceylon.

Although rubies and sapphires found in a particular place tend to look the same, there will always be black sheep in any family, and Burmese rubies are occasionally awful, even though all of the most expensive rubies in the world are from Burma.

Rarely, pinkish orange stones are discovered, and are known in the trade by the name “padperadscha” to evoke the color of an exotic jungle flower. In addition, many blackish green sapphires come from Australia.

Generally, true pink sapphires suffer from both a relative lack of interest and fairly large supply, while most green sapphires that Betteridge has taken in, I have given to children to keep and play with, as they generally have little to no value.

As a rule, the prettier the stone is, be it pink or red, yellow or blue, the more expensive, relative to the desirability of its general color it will be. For instance, the finest Burmese ruby might be $250,000 per carat, but a gem-quality, pink stone more like $20,000 per carat. Similarly, a “knock you down pretty” Kashmir sapphire might be $70,000 per carat, while the finest yellow sapphire ever found might only be $1,000 per carat.

At the end of the day, it comes down to basic economics: the extreme scarcity of fine, large “reds” and “blues” makes these forms of the fabulously colorful corundum particularly valuable.

The ‘King of Gems’

by on May 1st, 2009

Art Deco oval-cut ruby and diamond bypass ring (3.55ct / 3.17ct), $180,000

Historically, Burma has been the source of the world’s finest rubies. Burmese rubies have quite literally set the standard by which all other fine gemstones are judged.

Large, fine, natural Burmese rubies are still considered to be ‘The King of Gems’ and are certainly amongst the scarcest. They have been prized by the world’s most important gem collectors for centuries.

What makes this ring particularly rare is its quality, combined with the fact that the stones are a perfectly matched pair. Matching color is especially difficult, and even with gems cut from the same piece of rough crystal, the characteristics often diverge.

Set in a simple, yet elegant, twin ring, the stones sit side by side to amplify how well matched they are. In contrast, gems that are not particularly well matched are often set in earrings to mask their differences.

This is a great example of understated elegance with the emphasis on beauty and quality.