Ruby Red

La Ruby

I’ve found my newest love! Well, actually I’ve been reintroduced to an old love: The red ruby. This gemstone is absolutely gorgeous and surrounded by ancient lore and history. This stone is special to me for many reasons. The first time I saw this stone, it was on my mother’s hand, given to her by my father. She never took this ring off.  It was in the shape of a flower, with diamonds surrounding the ruby as the center stone. This stone was set into a simple design on a yellow gold ring. It has been a while since I saw the ring, but I have it’s every detail etched into my memory and it was absolutely beautiful in my eyes. The closest I have found to her ring to date, is this picture I found using a search on Flickr:

Ruby Ring-Photo by Harlan H

And a close second is one being auctioned on Ebay:

The Ruby Ring

Ruby Flower

Setting

This stone looks most delicious set into yellow gold with diamonds being the preferable choice as an accent stone, however the rise in popularity means the ruby is mostly being set into white gold and platinum. Whether you’re more of a fan of white or yellow gold, the stone is best showcased with the perfect balance between the setting, the cut of the ruby and the band it’s set into if we’re talking about rings, but the same sentiments apply to bracelets, necklaces, and earrings alike.

Yellow Gold Setting

A Regal Yellow Gold Setting

White Gold Engagement Setting

A Simple White Gold Band

Lore

This stone has such beautiful lore! Birthstone to those born in the month July. The name Ruby itself, is derived from the Latin word ruber, meaning red. Long has the ruby been associated with passionate love, wealth and good health. This stone was highly prized in India, and it too, played a part in the well-known caste system. Depending on the stone’s clarity, purity, and color, the ruby was classified as either Upper, Middle, or Lower Class. a ruby of one caste was not allowed to be set with a ruby of another caste, preventing the gem of the higher caste from being defiled by the impurity of the gem of lower caste. Native Americans believed that the ruby contained the blood from the heart of Mother Earth. It was also believed that if a chief gifted this stone to someone, that the recipient would also become a chief as well. History tells that the ruby was worn to protect its wearers in battle, causing little blood to be spilled. Rubies are said to be the very fire of the sun! Intense huh?

On the Hunt

In memory of the ring my mother wore, I’ve been scouring the internet trying to find one of my own. It would be more romantic if I had a special beau to gift me one himself, but alas I haven’t found him yet. Perhaps the lore or the ruby will bring me someone fiery and passionate! Here’s hoping that the ancients were telling the truth, lol.

‘Til Next Time ❤

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Rack ’em and Stack ’em

Harkening from many years ago is the revival of stacking bracelets! I remember this trend when I was a kid, and grouping together as many neon bangles onto one arm as possible meant something. I used to love the sound they made while I was carrying on with my daily whatever, (I must have been 10, so it was really just school, play, sleep) but to put it simply, they’re just fun to wear.

When buying them as costume jewelry, most times they come stacked for you, the perfect colors already blended together. This helps because sometimes it’s hard to have an eye for the perfect bling to look for, and pull something together from scratch and make it look good. (It must also coordinate with your outfit). I love the assistance.

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But the beauty about this trend is that many of us still have bangles from the days when they used to be sold as sets in twos, and now we only have one. Some of us still only have one from many a set. Use this to your advantage and just group ’em all together! There’s always a creative way to use our old or mismatched jewelry. Now… if only I could find a way to do this with my earrings that are missing their partners. Rest assured, If I find a way, I’ll be posting it here. ‘Til next time

Bronze, Gunmetal, and Chunky

They say that bigger doesn’t always mean better, but this fall… it certainly does. I remember my mother telling me how she hated my big, gaudy jewelry. Now I can say I had the right idea all along 🙂 Big jewelry is now a huge fashion statement and primary choice for various body adornments. The slender bracelets of yesterday are being replaced by huge, hefty jewelry that you can feel when you wear them. Do you remember the days when you would look at your wrist, which was dressed up with either an I.D. bracelet or small chain and wonder why it wasn’t there anymore and where you dropped it? Well, not with these guys.

oak bracelet 1-1 by knitsteel

Bronze Sunflower Cuff by knitsteel

All Eyes on You by Sifu Renka

They’re bold and make a statement and I love them!

purple slave bracelet by totusmel

Even the chunky rings and the beloved flower rings slipped on just about every finger this summer and the trend is continuing even into the fall. They’re coveted… you can never have too many. Many of these rings are fashion jewelry, but I rarely discriminate. I love all baubles 🙂

flower rings! by Circa GalleryDiorette 20 Ring by chutes and ladders         ring by ILEAceramics

               Enamelled Flower Ring by rubygirl jewelry

Drop earrings are keeping in with the bigger and better theme too! And they’re really fancy. These babies will never get old!

HER MAJESTY Earrings by jewelsbyldesignsThe PEACHES and CREAM Earrings by jewelsbyldesignsThe CASA BLANCA Earrings by jewelsbyldesigns

green earrings by klynslis

Huge pendant necklaces are still thriving on the necklines as well.

The BEJEWELED Pendant Necklace by jewelsbyldesignsPendant Necklace by Louis C. Tiffany by peterjr1961

Faux Pearl Pendant Necklace by AbsoluteJewelry

Okay so I know I said that I don’t discriminate, however the below collar necklaces are being spotted more and more and have even been seen adorning models on the runway. I’m thinking that maybe these babies are more for the club, or elaborate themed party….? Ya… I just don’t know.

Miriam Collar Necklace 46€ by LB & Roberto Sena

Collar necklace with figure of shiva-Bhairava nepal 1676 CE Silver by mharrsch

Let me know how you feel about all the big changes going on (pun intended) in the world of accessories and what you plan on purchasing soon! ‘Til next time