All That Glitters Isn’t Gold…

Because sometimes its white gold, rose gold or platinum, lol. When I was growing up, I hardly ever saw white gold jewelry. Everything my mother owned was in yellow gold and any jewelry-type gift I received was yellow gold as well. And for most of her friends, it was the same way too. This could be because of our west-indian/Caribbean background, however I’m pretty sure yellow gold was predominant in 80’s and early 90’s. During the late 90’s however, I saw (and purchased) a lot of white gold and sterling silver jewelry. It became more fashionable and trendy. If any of you pay attention when browsing for engagement rings now, white gold and platinum are at the top of the list. If you want a yellow gold engagement ring and especially rose gold, you pretty much have to specify or have one custom-made if you have a particular designer or jewelry house in mind.

Recently though, I saw a petit yellow gold bracelet on a friend’s arm that reminded me of “back home” as we islanders call it, and I’ve been buying up some more yellow gold jewelry lately and I love ’em. Which type of gold do you prefer?

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Gold Leaf

White Gold Band

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 ❤