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Both pearl and ruby engagement rings date back decades. However, the trend has seen a spike in popularity over the last few years. In fact, celebrities like Emma Stone and Ariana Grande have been rocking gorgeous pearl engagement rings. Meanwhile, rubies have been worn by kings, queens, and other royal family members for centuries.
"Rubies and pearls were very popular in the Victorian era, which is why they are often found in vintage and antique jewelry, rather than modern," says gemologist Irina Kharina. On that note, it’s also worth mentioning that antique rings require more effort and care to maintain. "Vintage rings require special attention and care compared to non-vintage rings. If something happens, it’s always harder to fix a vintage piece, especially if it has a lot of intricacies and details," adds celebrity jeweler George Khalife.
Meet the Expert
- Irina Kharina is a gemologist and a luxury jewelry concierge based in Toronto. She currently runs Tsarina Gems, where she guides bespoke jewelry purchases using ethically sourced gems.
- George Khalife, also known as George the Jeweler, comes from generations of jewelers. His A-list clients include Gigi Hadid, Khloe Kardashian, Jenna Dewan, and Sarah Hyland.
Additionally, whether you opt for an antique ring or a more modern design, there’s no denying how beautiful pearl and ruby engagement rings are. "What makes a great ruby and pearl engagement ring is its uniqueness," Kharina tells Brides. "The combination of two stones is a beautiful contrast."
While pearls are incredibly delicate, rubies are super durable. What’s more, if you tend to be a bit hard on your jewelry, you may want to opt for a pearl and ruby engagement ring with a halo and/or one with a ruby center stone. Kharina explains that "you will be less likely to damage smaller pearls compared to a larger pearl that can be accidentally knocked on a table or a door." Further, to best care for your pearl and ruby engagement ring, Kharina recommends always taking it off when swimming, exercising, baking, gardening, cleaning, and showering.
So, if you’re on the hunt for an engagement ring that’s anything but basic, consider one that combines lustrous pearls with fiery rubies. To help you find your dream pearl and ruby engagement ring, we’ve rounded up 29 of our favorites across an array of styles and price points.
This elegant ring features a freshwater pearl flanked by sparkly diamonds and rubies. Meanwhile, the split-shank band and rose gold setting add a sleek, modern touch.
This ring is nothing short of stunning with its radiant pearl center stone, which is sandwiched between two round rubies. The pavé diamond band adds an extra touch of sparkle.
The vintage-inspired ring, which features an oval-shaped ruby at the center, is surrounded by intricate round pearls. Its rose gold setting adds an extra romantic touch.
If you love a good halo, this Angara ring was designed with you in mind. Its double halo setting is accented with bright rubies and glitzy diamonds, while the center pearl is absolutely jaw-dropping.
Prepare to be wowed by this gorgeous engagement ring, which features one large pearl, 1.13 carats of rubies, and 0.8 carats of diamonds—all set in 18K white gold.
This handcrafted ring boasts a stunning floral-inspired design. It’s comprised of one freshwater pearl, as well as a mix of diamonds and rubies for a fun, colorful, and sparkly contrast.
This antique engagement ring dates back to 1880. It features a classic yellow gold setting, a pearl center stone, and five rubies.
The rubies on this beautiful engagement ring are sandwiched between rows of glimmering diamonds for even more sparkle. Plus, the freshwater pearl adds even more shine.
Handcrafted in Italy, this gorgeous ring, which features a mix of both white and yellow gold, is made with 13mm pearl, 3.17 carats of rubies, and 0.8 carats of diamonds.
The thick diamond band on this engagement ring is studded with rich red rubies for a fun yet sophisticated pop of color. Meanwhile, the 15mm oval-shaped pearl is sure to make your jaw drop.
This open ring is well-suited for the bride who’s not afraid to take risks. The two-stone design features one 14.5 mm pearl and a four-leaf-clover-shaped cluster of rubies surrounded by diamonds.
Minimalist brides will appreciate this pearl, ruby, and diamond ring from Poppy Finch. The multi-stone design is set across a dainty yellow gold band.
This 1930-era Art Deco sparkler is a wearable work of art. It exudes glamour with its distinct shape, rose-cut diamonds, delicate pearls, and radiant rubies.
This three-stone ring features a gorgeous Akoya pearl set between two rubies surrounded by diamonds. Its traditional design is sure to remain in style for years to come.
For a truly unique piece, splurge on this Harry Winston engagement ring. The rare Tahitian black pearl is accentuated by five carats of rubies and one carat of diamonds.
Talk about eye-catching: This one-of-a-kind ring is made with 30 diamonds, 20 rubies, and one button-shaped south sea pearl.
From the slim golden chain to the shiny freshwater pearl, to the red rubies, it’s hard not to fall in love with this two-stone engagement ring.
Although it’s small in size, this Poppy Finch ring is bold, bright, and colorful. It features a cluster of rubies and pink sapphires, which perfectly complement the freshwater pearl center.
This between-the-finger engagement ring is anything but ordinary—in the best way possible. On one end, you’ll find a pear-shaped ruby surrounded by diamonds, while the other end features a perfectly round pearl. You can even engrave it for an extra-special touch.
Nontraditional brides will love this ring, which features a golden pearl center stone set in blackened 18K gold. One row of the band is lined with rubies, while the other is dotted with diamonds.
Design enthusiasts will appreciate the intricate details of this striking engagement ring. The shiny pearl center stone is flanked by two triangular-shaped ruby clusters.
We can’t help but stare at this marquise-shaped ring, which dates back to 1910. An intricate ruby and diamond-patterned design surround the pearl center stone.
This romantic ruby and pearl ring is sure to delight with its clustered design, which features seven rose-cut rubies and a button-shaped pearl center stone.
For a truly unique piece, consider this chunky, vintage-inspired ring. The cushion-cut diamond is sandwiched between one white pearl and one grey pearl. Smaller rose-cut diamonds add even more sparkle, as do two pear-shaped rubies.
Featuring a 13mm pink pearl at the center, this pretty pink ring will take your breath away. It’s accented by a halo of white diamonds plus rubies and pink sapphires aplenty.
Antique lovers will appreciate this old-fashioned-inspired engagement ring. The pearl center is surrounded by a halo of rubies and diamonds, while the chunky 14K yellow gold setting is simply stunning.
We can’t help but gawk over this uber-modern between-the-finger ring, which features a large pearl on one end and a diamond-encrusted ruby on the other.
This retro ring—which dates back to the 50s—is edgy, bold, and sure to make a statement. The 12.5mm pearl is set around six diamonds and 17 rubies.
Featuring 25 diamonds, 23 rubies, and one 15mm button-shaped pearl, this regal-inspired round-shaped ring exudes elegance.
What to Look for When Shopping for a Pearl and Ruby Engagement Ring
According to Kharina, "The main qualities to look out for in a ruby and pearl engagement ring is the colour of the gemstones."
Khalife tells Brides that rubies range in shades from deep reds to pinkish-purples. However, he explains that the more vivid the color is, the more valuable the stone is. "Bright [red] rubies are the most desirable," he explains. However, these stones are also the most costly.
Meanwhile, pearls are available in a variety of colors. If your engagement ring features multiple pearls, you’ll want to make sure they're "fairly similar in color and have a nice shine to them," Kharina adds.
Texture and Smoothness
According to Khalife, the texture is incredibly important when shopping specifically for pearl jewelry. "You can tell if it’s real by how smooth the surface is," he says. "If it’s perfectly smooth, it’s probably not real."
Since pearls are so delicate, you’ll want to make sure your setting is secure. This is especially important when shopping for a vintage pearl and ruby engagement ring. "With time, prongs that hold gemstones together can wear away," according to Kharina. As a result, this can "make the ring more vulnerable to damage and increase the risk of stones falling out."
How much does a ruby engagement ring cost?
How do you clean a pearl and ruby engagement ring?
Kharina recommends cleaning your pearl and ruby engagement ring using a mixture of warm water and dish soap. "You can carefully use a soft toothbrush on the rubies and the metal, but avoid the pearls [as] you don’t want to scratch them."
Are rubies good for engagement rings?
Can a pearl ring be worn every day?
Pearls are soft and delicate, which means they require lots of TLC—especially if you plan on wearing yours daily. Khalife tells Brides: "One should avoid all chemicals and be mindful that makeup or perfume can ruin them."