A stunning Pigeon’s Blood ruby and diamond ring by Hancocks set with a beautiful 1.99ct cushion shaped Mozambique ruby with the prized ‘Pigeon’s Blood’ colour, claw set in 18ct yellow gold between shoulders set with pear-shaped diamonds weighing 0.50cts together, claw set in platinum to tapering shoulders and a D-shape band. Historically, the term ‘pigeon’s blood’ has been used to describe the most beautiful and coveted colour for rubies, allegedly due to its similarity in colour to the blood of a pigeon. Opinions differ as to the origin of the term with some saying it came from the Burmese, others that it was first used by the Chinese who had previously owned the area where the Burmese ruby mines were discovered and yet others sighting it as having Hindustani origins where lapidaries compared the colour to the blood red of a pigeon’s eye. Whatever the truth, one thing everyone agreed on is that only rubies of the finest vivid red colour with deep saturation and which showed a soft red fluorescence in daylight were referred to this way. Today rubies from both Burma and Mozambique can show this coveted colour and be certified as such. This ruby does indeed have the most wonderful colour, a true vivid red without pink or brown tones, it has been set in the warmth of yellow gold and embellished with diamonds in platinum, a lovely ring with a special stone.
1.99ct cushion shaped Mozambique ruby (no heat) with Pigeon’s Blood colour, GRS certificate
2 x pear shaped diamonds weighing 0.50ct together
Platinum and 18ct yellow gold with maker’s mark and London assay marks
UK finger size L, US size 5.75
Head 7.7mm x 16mm