Rubies, particularly ruby rings, have been a popular choice for jewelry for members of the British Royal Family for several hundred years.
For example, Queen Victoria was given a ruby ring at the time of her marriage to Prince Albert, by her half sister Feodora, Princess Hohenlohe-Langenburg. The ring has two overlapping pear shaped gemstones with a ruby and diamond tiara setting above the stones – see right.
Many years later, a similar style of ruby and diamond ring was given by Charles Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, to his first wife Victoria Lockwood – see below left.
Another beautiful Victorian diamond and ruby ring was given to HRH the Duchess of York (who later became Queen Mary) as a wedding gift from her father-in-law, the Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward Vii). The ring is a Marquise shaped diamond with rubies set in platinum and gold.
A ruby engagement ring was also the choice of gemstone for another Duchess of York – Sarah Ferguson, who became engaged to Prince Andrew later
The ruby ring has similarities to that of another royal ruby engagement ring, that of HRH Princess Margaret, the Queen of England’s late siste, rin that both rings have a central ruby stone surrounded by diamonds
HRH Princess Margaret’s Ruby and Diamond Engagement ring was designed by her husband, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowden. The ring, comprising a central ruby surrounded by diamonds, was set in the shape of a rose, because Princess Margaret’s second name was Rose.
See a more in-depth article on Rubies and Royalty; Click Here.