Ruby Ban?

July 31, 2008

The big headline in jewelry news is the Burmese Ruby and Jade ban just signed into legislation by President Bush. The reason is simple: To punish the brutal regime there by taking away an important export. Some companies, like Tiffany & Co. and Bulgari, were already voluntarily taking part in this effort, but with Bush’s signature it becomes law.

This law doesn’t apply to stones already in the States, and the stones can be imported from other countries under certain conditions. So now might be a great time to stock up on beautiful ruby jewelry without worrying what kind of political group the sale might profit. To learn more about the legislation, click right here.

Here are some of my ruby favorites currently on Portero:

Gurhan 24k Yellow Gold Ruby Briolette Wish Bone Chain Drop Earrings. Oh so sexy, especially for summer. I love the shoulder-dusting length and the simple silhouette.

Stephen Webster 18k White Gold Ruby Tattoo Drop Earrings. The rhodium-plated white gold (which turns the metal black) really makes the rubies pop in these rock ‘n’ roll earrings.

Cartier Vintage 1920 Platinum Burmese 4.66 ctw Ruby Diamond Ring. A total stunner. This Burmese specimen is top-notch, and its age means that it has nothing to do with the current ban.

Image via jckonline

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