Rubies have been one of the most valued gemstones for thousands of years, both in Eastern and Western cultures. Rubies were valued for their beauty and for the belief that they offered the wearer health, wealth, wisdom, romantic success, and the ability to live in peace with his or her enemies. Because red has long been associated with love and passion, a ruby makes a fitting focal point for an engagement ring.
We do not carry rubies that come from mines in Burma, a country with a serious history of abuses in gemstone mining. Though the US government lifted the official ban on Burmese rubies in October, we believe substantive reform still remains until the country’s mines are safe for workers and the environment, and until their profits no longer line the pockets of military cronies.
At Brilliant Earth, we carry antique and vintage ruby engagement rings from as long ago as the Victorian era, as well as from recent decades. In our gallery of unique colored gemstones, we also offer lab created and ethically sourced rubies that can be set in your favorite Brilliant Earth ring setting.
If you are drawn to rubies, we bet you’ll fall for at least one of these breathtaking ruby engagement rings:
The Mea Ring
An Edwardian treasure, this ruby ring captures the imagination with a magnificent cushion-shaped ruby surrounded by a halo of single cut diamond accents. The pierced gallery and sculpted shoulders are brought to life with diamond accents and delicate milgrain.
The Camela Ring
A vivid ruby rests at the center of a shimmering double halo of diamonds in this platinum Art Deco piece from the 1930’s.
The Lori Ring
An oval-shaped ruby is surrounded by a halo of diamonds and is set in 18K white gold and platinum in this dazzling ring.
The Belen Ring
Belen is a dazzling Edwardian-era ring from the 1920’s. Uniquely crafted, this ring features a glittering radiant-cut ruby that glistens from the center and is securely set in platinum. Fourteen single-cut diamonds encircle the center stone. A delicate 10K yellow gold band embraces the platinum head and tapers towards the top for a truly feminine look.
The Ailey Ring
This stunning Retro-era engagement ring boasts a vivid round ruby set in an ornate white gold setting.
The Bybrook Ring
A beautiful cushion-shaped natural ruby rests within a floral halo of eight diamond accents while a pierced 18K yellow gold gallery adds intricacy to this feminine Victorian-era ring.
The Avondale Ring
This eye-catching Retro-era ring features a beautiful oval-shaped ruby placed within a pierced halo while diamond accents adorn either side of the gracefully curved yellow gold setting.