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Royal Jewels

October 17, 2014 4:02:11 AM CDT

Today, we are starting a new series on the most wonderful, most outstanding jewelry items – the ones owned by the Royals.

For thousands of years, ruby has been one of the most valuable gemstones in the world. Its magnificent color and unique brilliance explain its popularity. Additionally, ruby is a very rare gemstone, especially in its finest qualities.

That’s the reason why ruby is a symbol of beauty and wealth and is so closely associated with royalty.

One of the most beautiful ruby parures belonged to a Russian princess and Duchess of Edinburgh Marie Alexandrovna. Designed and created by the Court Jeweller to the Russian Tsar Carl Edvard Bolin, it was a bridal gift from Tsar Alexander II to his only beloved daughter.

The parure consisted of a floral motif tiara, a devant de corsage and a magnificent necklace. The latter included 28 large deep red rubies of 61 ca and diamonds of 82 ca. The Duchess of Edinburgh wore her rubies for Tsar Nicholas II coronation festivities.











The necklace was sold for $2,000,000 at Christies in 1994. The tiara’s fate was much less fortunate as the beautiful decoration was divided into pieces by its latest owners.

Another amazing ruby parure belonged to the Greek Royal family.  It consisted of a tiara with olive fruits and leaves design, a pair of pendant earrings, a necklace and two brooches. The rubies in the parure are of a dark pinkish red color.

We at Lapidary Arts love rubies! We carry only natural stones and have a variety of beautiful rubies in stock. Visit our store or browse our online catalog to find your perfect ruby ring or bracelet. Make yourself a royal gift!

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Indian Ruby

January 6, 2014 11:01:53 PM CST

For thousands of years, the ruby has been considered one of the most precious gemstones on Earth. For a long time India was regarded as the ruby's classical country of origin. The Sanskrit word for ruby is 'ratnaraj', which means something like 'king of the gemstones'. Whenever a particularly beautiful ruby crystal was found, the ruler sent high dignitaries out to meet the precious gemstone and welcome it in appropriate style. 

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