The Allure of the Ruby: From Precious Gemstone to Glittering Luxury Real Estate

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A beloved precious gemstone, the ruby is a fiery and captivating talisman often associated with passion, protection and prosperity. Though its enjoyed some popularity for hundreds of years, the latest global jewelry trends indicate the exquisite crystal is emerging as a staple of any connoisseur’s collection, as Carol Elkins, senior vice president of Sotheby’s Jewellery reports that colored gemstones have seen significant upward trends in the last decade. In a celebration of the ruby, discover homes that embody the spirit and color of the precious gemstone.

WashingtonBainbridge Island, Washington  |  $1,395,000 USD  |  Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Sweeping views and dramatic contemporary style create a stunning effect in this one-of-a-kind design by Cihan Anisoglu, AIA. The home astounds as its ruby colored exterior shines from a distance, complemented by soaring windows and light-filled spaces that overlook the harbor, ferries and out across Puget Sound.

ArizonaTucson, Arizona  |  $829,000 USD  |  Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

The most historic home in downtown Tucson, Rubi Mansion is a true gem situated in the heart of a vibrant Commercial and Infill District. Stepping up onto the front porch is a glittering experience, as a bright red exterior meets hand painted concrete tiles displaying the original City of Tucson Seal, and give way to a ruby inspired entryway.

WisconsinGreen Bay, Wisconsin  |  $1,395,000 USD  |  Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty

Sometimes the allure of the ruby is found in the natural environment, as this custom-built home showcases views of the bay and a gorgeous jewel toned sky from nearly every room. Located on the Niagra Escarpment, the luxurious Wisconsin skyline meets over 7,000 square feet of modern and unique open living spaces.

CaliforniaSan Clemente, California  |  $63,500,000 USD  |  Sotheby’s International Realty – Montecito – Coast Village Road Brokerage

Punctuated by bright red exotic flowers and budding roses from the private gardens down to the oceanfront, the flora and fauna of La Casa Pacifica evokes the fiery spirit of the ruby. The bright red floral hues catch one’s eye and complement the manor’s Spanish design, which features white stucco walls and hand painted tiles.

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Discover rubies and other precious gemstones in the Sotheby’s Jewels Auction, July 20th to August 3rd, which showcases jewels from Marjorie S. Fisher’s collection. The lot offers a range of selections, including a stunning pair of ruby and diamond brooches set with a cluster of round rubies, over a scrolling motif set with round and baguette diamonds.

realogicsWe would like to thank Amanda Lybeck, communications editor, at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty for supplying this feature.

Sotheby’s Auction House | Magnificent and Noble Jewels

Sotheby’s spring sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels at Mandarin Oriental, Geneva will be led by the ‘Apollo and Artemis Diamonds’. Individually, these captivating diamonds – one Fancy Vivid Blue, one Fancy Intense Pink – are truly exceptional stones and when considered as a pair, they enter a class of their own: the most important earrings ever to appear at auction. Preview these extraordinary pieces and others before the auction on May 16th in Geneva.

GE1702_500_8The Apollo Blue – Fancy vivid blue diamond weighing 14.54 carats | Estimate: 38,100,000 – 50,200,000 CHF – and – The Artemis Pink – Fancy intense pink diamond weighing 16 carats | Estimate: 12,500,000 – 18,100,000 CHF

GE1702_500_4Diamond Rivière, mid-19th century | Estimate: 800,000 – 1,400,000 CHF

GE1702_500_6Fancy Intense Purplish Pink diamond ring weighing 7.04 carats | Estimate: 8,000,000 – 12,000,000 CHF

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