Rubies for July...
Follow us this month for the very best Ruby finds here at Lillicoco and further afield.
For those of you lucky enough to be born in the month of July, your birthstone is glorious Ruby. Just look at this splendid Gold, Ruby, Diamond & Pearl tiara! It was presented to Queen Victoria by King George V in 1924, and now resides in the Indian Collection of the Crown Jewels.
Ruby, Gold and Pearl ring Circa 1575
Rubies have been sought after and used in jewellery since as early as the first century AD! They were rumoured to posses numerous magical powers as well as that well-known, fierce red colour. Some early cultures treasured rubies for their similarity to the redness of the blood, and they believed that rubies held the power of life, whereas ancient Hindus thought those who offered fine rubies to the God Krishna were granted rebirth as emperors.
Designed by Cartier, this is one of the most well known and beautiful pieces of ruby jewellery ever created! Mike Todd gifted this ruby and diamond necklace to his iconic wife and famous actress Elizabeth Taylor.
After her death in 2011, Taylor’s necklace was auctioned at Christie’s for $115,932,000 and became the most valuable jewelry auction in history. The proceeds went to charity.
Whether contemporary, vintage or antique the allure of Rubies is undeniable. Often combined with Gold, Diamonds & Pearls too...Ruby jewellery reminds of Ancient Eastern riches, Royalty & Romance. But unlike days of old you don't need a Prince to buy them for you!