Your 40th Wedding Anniversary: Ruby Ring Buying Advice, This article was updated 1 April 2016
Here are the 6 most sought after ruby ring styles for 40th anniversaries, including ruby eternity rings. Find out what each style stands for and their benefits.
1. Classic ruby and diamond rings
Why choose a classic ruby-and-diamond ring for your 40th anniversary? When you spend four decades with the one person you love the most in the world, your anniversary gift is not just representative of your time together, but also the strength of your relationship. The ruby’s red colour symbolises love, as well as marking your Ruby Anniversary year. Diamonds, the toughest and most lasting of all precious stones, speak about the strength of your commitment to each other.
Two classic ruby and diamond rings
2. Ruby eternity rings
There are several good reasons to choose an eternity ring for a Ruby Anniversary. Firstly, eternity rings are a traditional anniversary gifts. Due to their beauty and complex design, they’re the most elaborate of all rings – and as such, perfectly suited to big, important occasions. They can also be worn as “upgrade” wedding rings, replacing a plain band. Secondly, an eternity ring with its never-ending circle of gemstones represents the concept of everlasting love. Thirdly, if you choose a traditional jeweller who handcrafts your ring to measure, it will be a truly unique and exquisite jewellery gift.
Two ruby eternity rings
3. Ruby half eternity rings
Half eternity rings have rubies and diamonds set only on the upper face of the ring, as opposed to full eternity rings with gems all around the band (as shown above). Thanks to this, half eternity rings can also be designed in styles that feature much larger gems than full eternity rings (see example below, left), although there are also plenty of simpler, more understated half-eternity styles (as shown below, right). Half eternity rings are often priced lower than full eternity rings, although this ultimately depends on the carat weight of the gems and the type of precious metals used. Some wearers say they find half eternity rings more comfortable than full eternity rings, although most people choose them simply because they prefer this style.
Two classic ruby half eternity rings
4. Three-stone ruby rings
Ruby 3-stone rings, also known as trilogy rings, are very popular as 40th anniverary anniversary rings because they represent the past, present and future of your life together. They’re a creative alternative to the classic ruby ring, usually featuring three rubies, or alternatively, one large center ruby with two accent diamonds.
Two ruby three-stone rings
5. Emerald cut ruby rings
As you may have noticed above, many ruby rings feature oval-shaped stones. This is often due to the fact that it’s very rare to find big, clear rubies – therefore gem cutters tend to favour oval or round shapes, which maximise the use of the rough ruby the gem was carved from. However, a well-cut ruby will also look spectacular and quite unique in an “emerald cut” shape, which is rectangular. This shape tends to give of long, sustained flashes of light, rather than sparkle (sparkle is the type of lightplay more often seen in round or oval cut rubies due to the way their facets reflect light in all directions).
Two rings with emerald-cut rubies
6. Creative Ruby Rings
There are as many beautiful types of ruby rings, as there are marriages! Their effect is not just created by the placement of the rubies and their surrounding accent stones, but also the colour and design of the precious metal band. If the person you are buying the ring for has flamboyance and flair, you may want to consider a design that breaks the norm. Below are some of the most popular creative ruby ring shapes that would make handsome 40th anniversary gifts.
Other reasons to choose rubies
The ruby is one of the “Big Five” precious stones, alongside diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and tanzanite. Rubies are incredibly durable – this is ideal for rings, which can sometimes get knocked when you use your hands. The ruby’s colour can range from strong pink to sumptuous red, and that’s why it’s associated with love. It’s also the birthstone for July, so if your partner was born mid-summer, an anniversary gift of a ruby will have double the significance!
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