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Amazing Antique Ruby Engagement Rings

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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 Emelia Ring

An Art Deco treasure, this ruby ring showcases a round ruby surrounded by six single cut diamond accents. Sleek yellow gold contrasts with the elegantly detailed platinum to create the perfect setting for this floral-inspired halo.

The Aleria Ring

Crafted from luminous 18k yellow gold, this Victorian-era ruby ring features a cushion cut natural ruby accented by a halo of rose cut diamonds with incredible black enameled detailing, creating a dazzling look with timeless appeal.

The Orleans Ring

Three natural rubies are surrounded by a glamorous halo of glittering diamonds in this 14K white gold Retro-era ring.

The Krista Ring 

Captivating and unique, the Edwardian-era Krista Ring features an array of five rubies accented by the gleaming shine of its 18K yellow gold setting.


The Ailey Ring

This stunning Retro-era engagement ring boasts a vivid round ruby set in an ornate white gold setting.

The Leta Ring

This unforgettable Victorian-era ring features three oval-shaped rubies encircled by shimmering accent diamonds. Delicately sculpted botanic designs along the Leta Ring’s shoulders make this piece exceptionally elegant.


The Latoria Ring

This wonderfully classic Victorian ring from the 1890’s showcases three synthetic rubies set in a uniquely sculpted setting


The Bali Ring

This wonderful Edwardian style piece showcases four French cut lab-created rubies and six cultured pearl accents. Two cushion cut rubies on the shoulders glow from the yellow gold setting, adding to the spellbinding qualities of this ring.

Final Thoughts

Do you love ruby engagement rings?  Which of these antique and vintage beauties is your favorite?  Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or in the comments section!


Bobby Says:
September 30th, 2017 at 9:51 am

I loved the find the different things

Bobby Says:
September 30th, 2017 at 9:50 am


Rosie Says:
September 14th, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Very nice

Barbara Powers Says:
June 3rd, 2017 at 3:14 am

I would love to find a white goldsettings for princess cut Alexandrite.

Ar Says:
March 26th, 2015 at 8:57 pm

My engagement ring is similar to the sylvana. I never wanted the whole diamond solitaire look.i also really like the Belina.

Carolyn MacKenzie Says:
January 1st, 2015 at 10:55 pm

My favorite in this group is the Firenze, although all are beautiful! The ruby is a show-stopper, although flanked by beautiful sizable diamonds! Being a “”girlie-girl” (although I dislike the expression!) I also love the Roberta ring —the feminine, elegant look. I adore the vintage, Victorian look, jewelry and clothing.

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