The ruby is sought-after for its increased rarity. Its hauntingly beautiful red shade attracts the eyes of the elite jewellery connoisseurs and collectors. Its rarity and high demand have resulted a hike in price, fetching a record breaking price of $18.3 million achieved for the 15.04 carat The Jubilee Ruby at Christie’s Hong Kong auction in December last year.
Jewellers have recognised the demand, producing beautiful masterpieces that enhances the beauty of the gemstone. But these pieces come with a high price so at SolitaireLuxe, we look to alternatives that could (almost but not quite!) replicate the beauty of a ruby. These gemstones, although not is not a ruby, have its own characteristics.
Usually found to be on the brighter shade of red, red spinels easily complements other coloured gemstones. This creates a vibrant, youthful touch to the pieces.
For those who prefer the other end of the spectrum, red garnets take on a darker shade perfect for contrast against light coloured clothes.
Extremely rare, the red emerald is one to covet. Most emeralds are known for its deep green colour, but this gem is ruby’s main contender for its rarity.