Derived from the Latin word ruber, meaning red, and known as ratnaraj (“King of Stones”) in India, the ruby is a member of the corundum family. Together with the sapphire, it is the second hardest stone after the diamond. Enchanting civilizations throughout the world with its fiery hue, the ruby has nurtured the creative vision of Van Cleef & Arpels since 1906, inspiring iconic creations such as the Mystery Set™ Chrysanthemum clip, as well as unique solitaires.
A ruby of outstanding quality is even rarer than a diamond.
The stone’s intense, incandescent glow, its nuanced hues ranging from light pink to deep red, as well as its rarity, make the ruby an exceptional gem among precious stones. A ruby of outstanding quality is even rarer than a diamond.
The Maison selects stones that can be cut in the finest manner to highlight their remarkable essence. Van Cleef & Arpels sources its rubies from Africa and Asia, attentive to the beauty of their color and their profound resplendence. These characteristics bring the stone’s inner substance to life, sublimating its intrinsic charm and singular personality.
Van Cleef & Arpels gives pride of place to this precious stone in the 2019 Treasure of rubies High Jewelry collection, comprising some sixty unique pieces.
To preserve rubies’ color and intense luster, Van Cleef & Arpels recommends cleansing them with a soft brush and soapy water.