Distinction Jewelry

Color Shift Ruby Stud Earrings, Limited Edition

$645.00

Ruby earrings in 14k white gold screw back stud settings. Genuine ruby earrings are delicious quality with a twist. These gems are the true reddish pink you see in the pictures in certain lighting. Then they shift like changelings to a fascinating red-flecked brown, and finally to a complex safari-brown. Color shifting gems are the darlings of those with multifaceted personalities, and they are a rarity on the market. Only one pair available. Please read below about rubies and their enhancements. These gemstone earrings provide an alluring glimmer of color and sparkle. Free gift boxing always included!

Indulge in earrings that are beautiful, high quality, and will stand the test of time. They have been tested and approved for comfort and durability by us and thousands of happy clients. Try risk-free ....you'll love them or your money back!

The Gemstones

Our gems are ethically sourced with care and knowledge. They are real, come from small businesses, and support small miners and families around the globe.

Gems are individual pieces of nature's art and have minor variation in pattern, color, size, and shape. Unlike synthetic gems, few are exactly alike.

Gemstone treatments: None or heated

Reclaimed Precious Metal Settings

Rather than support destructive mining practices, we use reclaimed precious metals. They are melted down and refined to produce settings identical in quality and purity to newly mined metals without the environmental and human impact. Custom orders available for rose gold, 18k gold, and palladium.

Ruby

Rubies are directly related to sapphires, as both are made up of corundum. When corundum is red, it's called ruby. When it's blue, yellow, or any number of other colors, it's called sapphire. Ruby is one of the most expensive and difficult to come by colors, leading to a very high price tag on the coveted red and deep pink gems.
 
Whenever a highly popular gem is both rare and expensive, the market steps in to fill the gap with less expensive options. The most lucrative way for the unscrupulous to do so is to pretend they are doing nothing, and trickery abounds. One of America's largest retailers was slapped with a suit alleging that they were selling lead-glass filled (LGF) rubies without informing their customers. Here are the most common ruby treatments, also called enhancements.
 
Lead-Glass Filling: A low quality ruby is "cooked" at high temperatures with leaded glass (aka "crystal") in a bright ruby color. The vivid glass fills all the minute fissures in the gem and dramatically improves the appearance of the stone. The gem is then cut and polished. This treatment is easy for a knowledgeable person to detect. Lead glass filled rubies should be the least expensive, because they originated as poor quality stones, and also due to the fact that LGF treated rubies are easily damaged by the heat of a jeweler's torch or the cleaning action of an ultrasonic bath.
 
Beryllium Treatment (BE): A reasonable quality gem with less than optimal color is exposed to chemical diffusion in a furnace. Beryllium vapors penetrate the heated stone to a considerable depth and the stone is cooled. Modern beryllium treatments are nearly impossible to detect, even by seasoned gemologists. Detecting it requires the specialized equipment of an advanced gem lab.
 
BE treated gems can demand a price approaching but not equal to non BE-treated stones. The treatment is permanent and virtually undetectable; the only downside is that the color of the gem is not naturally occurring, which reduces the fascination with the idea that a beautiful gem came from the ground right to your hands.
 
Heating: Known as standard heat treatment, this process is accepted by all but the most tenacious purists. Sticking the gem in a high-temperature oven for a while reduces silky "veils" interfering with the clarity of the stone, and often modifies the color for the better. "Heat only" rubies of good quality and verifiable lack of treatment are costly enough to heat up your wallet.
 
Untreated/Natural: Those rubies that are of stellar enough color and clarity as to require no human interference to enhance their beauty are the coveted gems of royalty. They exist, but in small numbers, and are available only to those with a generous budget.
 
These earrings are made with rubies that were claimed by the vendor to be "heat only" treated. My gemologist was unable to verify or disprove that claim (as is common), and to take a vendor's word on such a thing requires trust earned over years of stellar reputation and familiarity. They could easily have been subjected to BE treatment and thus earn my AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) standard disclosure of:
 
Treatment: H - Heated, and U - Unknown, possible BE enhancement.

 

 

Full Description

Ruby earrings in 14k white gold screw back stud settings. Genuine ruby earrings are delicious quality with a twist. These gems are the true reddish pink you see in the pictures in certain lighting. Then they shift like changelings to a fascinating red-flecked brown, and finally to a complex safari-brown. Color shifting gems are the darlings of those with multifaceted personalities, and they are a rarity on the market. Only one pair available. Please read below about rubies and their enhancements. These gemstone earrings provide an alluring glimmer of color and sparkle. Free gift boxing always included!

Indulge in earrings that are beautiful, high quality, and will stand the test of time. They have been tested and approved for comfort and durability by us and thousands of happy clients. Try risk-free ....you'll love them or your money back!

The Gemstones

Our gems are ethically sourced with care and knowledge. They are real, come from small businesses, and support small miners and families around the globe.

Gems are individual pieces of nature's art and have minor variation in pattern, color, size, and shape. Unlike synthetic gems, few are exactly alike.

Gemstone treatments: None or heated

Reclaimed Precious Metal Settings

Rather than support destructive mining practices, we use reclaimed precious metals. They are melted down and refined to produce settings identical in quality and purity to newly mined metals without the environmental and human impact. Custom orders available for rose gold, 18k gold, and palladium.

Ruby

Rubies are directly related to sapphires, as both are made up of corundum. When corundum is red, it's called ruby. When it's blue, yellow, or any number of other colors, it's called sapphire. Ruby is one of the most expensive and difficult to come by colors, leading to a very high price tag on the coveted red and deep pink gems.
 
Whenever a highly popular gem is both rare and expensive, the market steps in to fill the gap with less expensive options. The most lucrative way for the unscrupulous to do so is to pretend they are doing nothing, and trickery abounds. One of America's largest retailers was slapped with a suit alleging that they were selling lead-glass filled (LGF) rubies without informing their customers. Here are the most common ruby treatments, also called enhancements.
 
Lead-Glass Filling: A low quality ruby is "cooked" at high temperatures with leaded glass (aka "crystal") in a bright ruby color. The vivid glass fills all the minute fissures in the gem and dramatically improves the appearance of the stone. The gem is then cut and polished. This treatment is easy for a knowledgeable person to detect. Lead glass filled rubies should be the least expensive, because they originated as poor quality stones, and also due to the fact that LGF treated rubies are easily damaged by the heat of a jeweler's torch or the cleaning action of an ultrasonic bath.
 
Beryllium Treatment (BE): A reasonable quality gem with less than optimal color is exposed to chemical diffusion in a furnace. Beryllium vapors penetrate the heated stone to a considerable depth and the stone is cooled. Modern beryllium treatments are nearly impossible to detect, even by seasoned gemologists. Detecting it requires the specialized equipment of an advanced gem lab.
 
BE treated gems can demand a price approaching but not equal to non BE-treated stones. The treatment is permanent and virtually undetectable; the only downside is that the color of the gem is not naturally occurring, which reduces the fascination with the idea that a beautiful gem came from the ground right to your hands.
 
Heating: Known as standard heat treatment, this process is accepted by all but the most tenacious purists. Sticking the gem in a high-temperature oven for a while reduces silky "veils" interfering with the clarity of the stone, and often modifies the color for the better. "Heat only" rubies of good quality and verifiable lack of treatment are costly enough to heat up your wallet.
 
Untreated/Natural: Those rubies that are of stellar enough color and clarity as to require no human interference to enhance their beauty are the coveted gems of royalty. They exist, but in small numbers, and are available only to those with a generous budget.
 
These earrings are made with rubies that were claimed by the vendor to be "heat only" treated. My gemologist was unable to verify or disprove that claim (as is common), and to take a vendor's word on such a thing requires trust earned over years of stellar reputation and familiarity. They could easily have been subjected to BE treatment and thus earn my AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) standard disclosure of:
 
Treatment: H - Heated, and U - Unknown, possible BE enhancement.

 

 

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