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Old 02-03-2006, 10:47 AM
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Royal Ruby Jewellery

please psot pix, details, etc of your fave royal ruby jewels
(tiaras, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, rings or the whole set!)
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Old 02-03-2006, 11:32 AM
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I don't particularly like rubies and find them a quite tacky, but the one peice of ruby jewellery that has blown me away is Mary's ruby parure, it is stunning.
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:35 PM
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Your Royal Highness,

I hate to give you the bad news, dear heart, but you need to buck up!!! You are drooping. To a real live royal personage RUBIES are Never Tacky. Ever. Now the design of the jewelry, the rest of the ensemble, the person being covered or hidden by the ensemble, for which the ensemble may be performing a valuable public service, may be tacky indeed. But rubies, never. But being the color red they must be handled with great care, discretion and taste. Understatement is generally to be preferred.

I would refer you the Her Majesty's recent wearing of the priceless and sublimely elegant Oriental Circlet. Magnificent. I have, of course, seen some
Bavarian number or other that was just a bit much, but then what can you expect from the Bavarians? They just take a really good thing and over do it. Not that one can really blame them, in this case. Can you ever really have too much Slag? Ie. Whipped Cream.

As for her Deliriously Beautiful Royal Highness, The Princess Mary, one can well understand how Crown Prince Frederic was repeatedly described as a love sick teenager. I take one good look at a picture of her and become perfectly besotted and bewitched. On her that ruby parure is overwhelming.

May I suggest that you too would look magnificent in the right parure of rubies. Now the only question is which one. Cheers. Thomas Parkman
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:45 PM
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Queen Elizabeth II has a fantastic Burmese ruby tiara with matching earrings.:)
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:13 PM
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Actually, rubies are among the most valuable precious stones. They're certainly more expensive than diamonds of the same weight, and they rarely show up as large stones. You won't see the same huge chunks of rubies as you do of sapphires and emeralds. In that respect, they're actually somewhat more discreet rather than tacky. Any time you see a great big red stone, the chances are that it's a spinel or a garnet or something, not a ruby.
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Old 02-06-2006, 07:20 AM
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As somebody who's grown up in a culture where jewellery, and precious gems and gold at that, are incredibly common I stand by my comments regarding rubies.

They may not be particularly common in some parts of the world, but I'm sick to death of seeing horrid large rubies at weddings, parties etc. etc.
So yes, you can have too much of a good thing.
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Old 02-06-2006, 08:25 AM
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HIH Princess Ashraf of Iran Ruby Tiara

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Old 02-06-2006, 10:07 AM
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How marvelous

Your Highness, May I say how I envy you. I am positively drooling at the thought of it. You say that you are sick to death of seeing all those horrid large rubies and that you grew up in a culture where gold and jewels are incredibly common. Well, some people have all the luck. I would gladly acquire your sickness. What country is that, may I inquire. Being sick of rubies is one disease I would enjoy immensely. Of course I do prefer sapphires-blue ones that is. And emeralds. But then at this stage of decriptude in my life I am grateful for everything. Cheers. Thomas Parkman
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Old 02-06-2006, 10:47 AM
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Thomas_Parkman, my username is Little_star, the Royal highness underneath refers to the number of posts I've made. As a new member, your status is "Newbie". I feel a little bit uncomfortable being refered to as Your Highness.

"Your Highness, May I say how I envy you. I am positively drooling at the thought of it. You say that you are sick to death of seeing all those horrid large rubies and that you grew up in a culture where gold and jewels are incredibly common. Well, some people have all the luck. I would gladly acquire your sickness. What country is that, may I inquire."
I'm from Britian and lived here ally my life. However my parents are originally from Pakistan, a country that is very much fond of its jewellery. Most British Pakistanis have carried on the traditiona for big and ostentatious jewellery, although the current trend in Pakistan is slightly more discrete. Big rubies just don't do it for me.
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Old 02-06-2006, 12:37 PM
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I think, if you see really big red stones, they're not likely to be rubies. I'm nut sure what you mean by big, but I remember that recently a ruby ring was donated to a museum because it had an unusually large stone, and it was something like 20 carats, which is smaller than a lot of sapphires that you see in royal and celebrity jewels all the time.

Speaking of sapphires, it's interesting that the Iranian jewels seem to be very heavy on emeralds and rubies but you hardly ever see sapphires. Is there any reason for that, does anyone know?
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Old 02-06-2006, 12:45 PM
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"I think, if you see really big red stones, they're not likely to be rubies."
With all due respect, these are rubies, I'm aware of the difference betwen a ruby and a garnet, for example. My mother on her last visit to Pakistan came back with a ruby and diamond necklace with matching earrings. The stones may not be particularly big, but there are enough of them.

"Speaking of sapphires, it's interesting that the Iranian jewels seem to be very heavy on emeralds and rubies but you hardly ever see sapphires."
Perhaps those jewels are a good luck symbol or maybe they are more commonly found in Iran.
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Old 02-06-2006, 03:23 PM
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By "really big," I mean the sort of size of the Black Prince's ruby on the front of the Imperial State Crown. That thing may be red, but it isn't a ruby; as far as I know, gem-quality rubies don't come in that size.

I think this is the ring I was thinking of:

http://www.mnh.si.edu/exhibits/ruby/index.htm

A 23-carat high-quality sapphire wouldn't be a big deal (well, obviously it'd be a big deal for most of us, but you know what I mean), but a ruby that size is a museum piece.
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The only ruby jewellery i like is Mary's tiara. I don't generally like the vividness of rubies and they all seem to be used in the same way, i can't abide seeing rubies and diamonds together. But Mary's tiara is the exception because the rubies have been used carefully and discretely.
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Old 02-06-2006, 04:47 PM
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I love the ruby tiara of Queen Silvia of Sweden, wich she, to my kwnollage, only has worn once at the wedding between prince Joachim and Alexandra in 1995. I would love for her to wear it soon again if the piece if still part of the royal jewellerys.
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Old 02-08-2006, 05:53 AM
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Princess Soraya's Jewels

Bracelet out of platinum, rubies and brilliant Bulgari - hanging of platinum ear, white gold, brilliant and Bulgari diamonds.

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Old 02-14-2006, 11:17 AM
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Dear Members of the Noble Forum:

You are probably trying to think of spinels. This stone is very similar to rubies and in fact the Black Prince's "ruby" in the Imperial State Diadem is actually a spinel as are many of the red stones in the Iranian Imperial collection. I would most certainly agree that improperly handled rubies can appear vulgar, more easily so than many other precious gemstones. However properly done and with taste they can be magnificent. I would point out again the Oriental Circlet and the Desiree Clary parure of Crown Princess Mary, inter alia. I do not doubt that if the noble Little Star were to come into possession of a comparble example of the jeweler's art she would quickly see the merits in my argument. Cheers. Thomas Parkman
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Old 02-14-2006, 11:29 AM
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Princess Grace's ruby tiara is definitely my favorite! Maybe it's because she's so beautiful or it could be the giant size of the rubies that adds sparkle to her flawless face. Either way, I sure do think both of them are a perfect combination.

I have a picture of her wearing the tiara.. I'm gonna look for it and I promise I will post it later.

Happy Valentine's Day to all!
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Old 02-15-2006, 05:11 AM
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gasp, gasp!!!
MAGNIFICENT!!!
i love, love, love it - both the tiara an matching earrings.

is the tiara convertible to be worn as a necklace?
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Old 02-15-2006, 05:59 AM
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is the tiara convertible to be worn as a necklace?
Yes, it's a necklace which, when clipped to a frame, becomes a tiara of sorts. Mette Marit wore something similar (in amethysts) during the recent UK visit.

For real tiaras, these are much better (I know Thomas Parkman will agree :) ). Both pics originally from Geoffrey Munn 'Tiaras A History of Splendour'.

The Burmese Ruby Tiara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Indian Ruby Tiara

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i love Princess Mary's parure, absolutely beautiful, esp. the tiara. also like the Burmese tiara of QEII, but not a fan of The Indian Ruby Tiara
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