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11 best ruby engagement rings - and why they hold a special meaning

A ruby engagement ring symbolises passion, love and courage

Megan Bull
TV Writer
Updated: January 30, 2023
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Ruby, ruby, ruby! Symbolising passion, love and courage, there's no better gemstone to choose for an engagement ring.

Also known as the 'Stone of Nobility,' its value has been said to exceed even that of the classic diamond. A ruby engagement ring has been a firm choice among royals and celebrities, and we can certainly see why.

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Prince Andrew proposed to Sarah Ferguson with a ruby engagement ring

Celebrities who own a ruby engagement ring 

Prince Andrew famously presented Sarah Ferguson with a Burmese ruby in 1986, which he reportedly chose to compliment his fiancée's fiery red hair. Jessica Simpson and Eva Longoria's ruby engagement rings have also sparked interest in the vibrant jewel, with brides turning to less traditional designs. 

Ruby meaning

A ruby engagement ring symbolises passion, love and courage. The spiritual meaning of the ruby is a stone that can boost energy levels and high self-esteem, intuition, and spiritual wisdom. Ruby is a symbol of good fortune, pure love, and loyalty. It's also regarded as an aphrodisiac stone.

Are rubies good gemstones for engagement rings?

Definitely - and they are a traditional choice. We've rounded up the most elegant and unusual rings from Ernest Jones, Goldsmiths, Beaverbrooks and more so you can surprise your special one. 

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18ct White Gold Diamond Ruby Halo Ring, £1,700, Beaverbrooks


She's sure to say yes to this romantic ruby engagement ring. Crafted in 18ct white gold, a stunning ruby sits at its centre surrounded by a halo of glistening diamonds. 

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18CT Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring, £1,750.00 (WAS £2,950), Fraser Hart


Inspired by Sarah Ferguson's iconic engagement ring? This design is quite literally fit for a duchess! Near-identical, the oval ruby is framed by round brilliant diamonds to create an exquisite cluster.

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18ct yellow gold ruby and diamond ring, £999 (WAS £1350), Ernest Jones


Simple and understated, this opulent ruby engagement ring features a rose pink ruby. 

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18CT White Gold Ruby and Diamond Ring, £1,250, Fraser Hart


Combining five rubies and four round brilliant diamonds in a channel setting, Fraser & Hart's ring will have her swooning. 

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Vintage Style Cushion Ruby Solitaire Ring, from £3,194, Angara


A regal choice, this vibrant cushion ruby is held in an unusual bezel setting. Adding to the ring's distinctive charm, the intricate scrollwork on the shoulders and gallery is crafted in 14ct Yellow gold. 

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18CT White Gold Ruby Diamond Ring, £2,595, C.W.Sellors


The perfect symbol of your true love and commitment, this gemstone set piece will sit comfortably alongside her other bands. 

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Ruby and Diamond Ring, £365, Ruby & Oscar


Treat her to this glamorous ruby and diamond engagement ring in 9ct white gold. 

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Ruby Lattice Ring, £2,310, C.W.Sellors


Truly unique, add a touch of luxury to her favourite outfits with this striking 18ct white gold engagement ring which features an array of vibrant rubies interspersed in a lattice design. 

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Ruby Halo Ring, £835, QP Jewellers


Make a statement with this handcrafted ruby ring which showcases a 7.45ct octagon cut Siamese Ruby. 

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9ct Yellow Gold Ruby Emerald Cut Halo Ring, £700, Goldsmiths


Wow her with this eye-catching ruby! The emerald cut gemstone looks so gorgeous amidst the 9ct yellow gold band. 

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Trilogy Emerald Ruby Platinum Ring, £2,950, Fenton


All of Fenton's gemstones are of a high grade and have been sourced from world leaders in ethical mining standards, such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zambia. We're in love with this gorgeous trilogy ring which can be made to order in 3-6 weeks. 

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