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Rubies Collection

"Captivating Rubies: Jewels Fit for Royalty and Beyond" Rubies, the epitome of regal allure, have long adorned the crowns and sceptres of monarchs throughout history

Background imageRubies Collection: Royal crowns and sceptre

Royal crowns and sceptre
Symbols of imperial Majesty: St Edwards Crown, with 444 precious stones, remains one of the senior Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, being the official coronation crown

Background imageRubies Collection: Coronation regalia jewels

Coronation regalia jewels
Page from The Sketch depicting some of the famous and priceless jewels forming the Coronation regalia of King George VI in 1937. St

Background imageRubies Collection: Box made of the wood of Shakspeare's mulberry-tree, presented to [David] Garrick..., 1864

Box made of the wood of Shakspeare's mulberry-tree, presented to [David] Garrick..., 1864. Creator: Unknown
Box made of the wood of Shakspeare's mulberry-tree, presented to [David] Garrick by the town of Stratford-on-Avon, 1864

Background imageRubies Collection: Box made during the Konbaung period

Box made during the Konbaung period
5304601 Box made during the Konbaung period.; (add.info.: 1800 -1855, Konbaung period, Box made from gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubies)

Background imageRubies Collection: Box made during the Konbaung period (photo)

Box made during the Konbaung period (photo)
5304599 Box made during the Konbaung period (photo); (add.info.: 1800 -1855, Konbaung period, Box made from gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubies)

Background imageRubies Collection: Box made during the Konbaung period (gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubies)

Box made during the Konbaung period (gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubies)
5304603 Box made during the Konbaung period (gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubies); (add.info.: 1800 -1855, Konbaung period, Box made from gold, diamonds, emeralds and rubies)

Background imageRubies Collection: The Loan Collection, South-Kensington: Mother-of-pearl cup; Cellini Ewer; vase, 1862

The Loan Collection, South-Kensington: Mother-of-pearl cup; Cellini Ewer; vase, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The Loan Collection, South-Kensington, 1862. Cup, in form of a partridge; the body formed of overlapping pieces of mother-of-pearl in imitation of feathers...Circa 1600. Baron L. de Rothschild

Background imageRubies Collection: My Ruthless Queen

My Ruthless Queen
Luc Stalmans

Background imageRubies Collection: Ancient gold crown and cross found in Spain, 1860. Creator: Unknown

Ancient gold crown and cross found in Spain, 1860. Creator: Unknown
Ancient gold crown and cross found in Spain, 1860. Some time since a remarkable discovery of regal insignia was made on the property of a landowner at La Fuente de Guarrazar

Background imageRubies Collection: Design for a pendant with a woman with dragonfly wings, of gold, rubies, opals and enamel, c.1905

Design for a pendant with a woman with dragonfly wings, of gold, rubies, opals and enamel, c.1905

Background imageRubies Collection: The Imperial Crown of King George V, c1911. Creator: Unknown

The Imperial Crown of King George V, c1911. Creator: Unknown
The Imperial Crown of King George V, c1911. From "The Coronation Book". [Stewart Dawson & Company, Ltd. London]

Background imageRubies Collection: The Regalia. - 2, c1911. Creator: Unknown

The Regalia. - 2, c1911. Creator: Unknown
The Regalia. - 2, c1911. Temporal Sceptre (Victoria); 2. The Queen Consort's Orb; 3. St. Edward's Staff; 4. The Imperial Orb; 5. Spiritual Sceptre (Victoria)'

Background imageRubies Collection: Wedding presents to Her Royal Highness Princess Alice... 1862. Creator: Unknown

Wedding presents to Her Royal Highness Princess Alice... 1862. Creator: Unknown
Wedding presents to Her Royal Highness Princess Alice: jewelled fan, the gift of the Maharajah Dhuleep Singh, 1862....a magnificent jewelled fan in gold

Background imageRubies Collection: The Loan Collection, South-Kensington: Largest known pearl, 1862. Creator: Unknown

The Loan Collection, South-Kensington: Largest known pearl, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The Loan Collection, South-Kensington, 1862. A very large pearl, straight-sided, widening towards the lower part, which has a dark opalised tint. This pearl (the largest known) weighs 3oz. is 2in

Background imageRubies Collection: big breasted model vivienne westwood at secc

big breasted model vivienne westwood at secc

Background imageRubies Collection: Ada Blanche, actress, as Dick Whittington, Drury Lane

Ada Blanche, actress, as Dick Whittington, Drury Lane. Theatrical portrait as Dick Whittington. I have come back from China's distant shore, With diamonds, rubies and with gold galore

Background imageRubies Collection: Sceptre and coins of Emperor Charlemagne, 748-814

Sceptre and coins of Emperor Charlemagne, 748-814
6338903 Sceptre and coins of Emperor Charlemagne, 748-814 by Villain (19th century); (add.info.: Sceptre and coins of Emperor Charlemagne, 748-814)

Background imageRubies Collection: Box, Nepal, 19th / 20th century. Creator: Unknown

Box, Nepal, 19th / 20th century. Creator: Unknown
Box, Nepal, 19th/20th century

Background imageRubies Collection: Casting Bottle, Europe, probably late 19th century. Creator: Unknown

Casting Bottle, Europe, probably late 19th century. Creator: Unknown
Casting Bottle, Europe, probably late 19th century. Bottle for sprinkling perfumes, made of gold, rock crystal, enamels, rubies, emeralds and pearls, handles in the form of mermen

Background imageRubies Collection: Miniature Evening Purse, Russia, c. 1890 / 1900. Creator: Unknown

Miniature Evening Purse, Russia, c. 1890 / 1900. Creator: Unknown
Miniature Evening Purse, Russia, c. 1890/1900

Background imageRubies Collection: Pendant with Figure of Justice, Europe, northern, 1850 / 1900. Creator: Unknown

Pendant with Figure of Justice, Europe, northern, 1850 / 1900. Creator: Unknown
Pendant with Figure of Justice, Europe, northern, 1850/1900

Background imageRubies Collection: Mirror Frame with Tree of Life Motif, 17th / 18th century. Creator: Unknown

Mirror Frame with Tree of Life Motif, 17th / 18th century. Creator: Unknown
Mirror Frame with Tree of Life Motif, 17th/18th century. Tan jade frame with ruby, diamond, emerald flower designs

Background imageRubies Collection: Buckle with Incised Petal Pattern, 17th / 18th century. Creator: Unknown

Buckle with Incised Petal Pattern, 17th / 18th century. Creator: Unknown
Buckle with Incised Petal Pattern, 17th/18th century

Background imageRubies Collection: Hand Ornament (Hathphul) and Thumb Ring (Arsi), 19th century. Creator: Unknown

Hand Ornament (Hathphul) and Thumb Ring (Arsi), 19th century. Creator: Unknown
Hand Ornament (Hathphul) and Thumb Ring (Arsi), 19th century

Background imageRubies Collection: Nose Ring (Nath), 19th century. Creator: Unknown

Nose Ring (Nath), 19th century. Creator: Unknown
Nose Ring (Nath), 19th century

Background imageRubies Collection: Pueblo Vase, 1893. Creator: Tiffany & Co

Pueblo Vase, 1893. Creator: Tiffany & Co
Pueblo Vase, 1893. Influenced by Native American Pueblo culture, silver inlaid with enamel, set with twelve faceted rubies. Designed by George Paulding Farnham

Background imageRubies Collection: Saber (Kilic) with Scabbard, Turkey, late 19th century Blade inscribed 1099 Hejira

Saber (Kilic) with Scabbard, Turkey, late 19th century Blade inscribed 1099 Hejira [A.D. 1687]

Background imageRubies Collection: Snuff Box, Austria, 19th century. Creator: Unknown

Snuff Box, Austria, 19th century. Creator: Unknown
Snuff Box, Austria, 19th century

Background imageRubies Collection: An Indian silver and inset jade sweetmeat dish, depicting lions

An Indian silver and inset jade sweetmeat dish, depicting lions
1196973 An Indian silver and inset jade sweetmeat dish, depicting lions and elephants amidst dense foliage, early 19th century (silver, gold, jade, rubies, diamond) by Indian School

Background imageRubies Collection: The Excellent Woman (engraving)

The Excellent Woman (engraving)
6028250 The Excellent Woman (engraving) by Selous, Henry Courtney (1811-90) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Excellent Woman)

Background imageRubies Collection: A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade

A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade
6310442 A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade, gold hilt set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds often mounted in silver) by Indian School

Background imageRubies Collection: Advertisement, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company (engraving)

Advertisement, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company (engraving)
1042483 Advertisement, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Advertisement, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company)

Background imageRubies Collection: A wonderful journey to China, c. 1950 (litho)

A wonderful journey to China, c. 1950 (litho)
1122739 A wonderful journey to China, c.1950 (litho) by Valda, John Harris (d.1941); Private Collection; (add.info.: Newnes Pictorial Knowledge published by George Newnes Limited c.1950); English

Background imageRubies Collection: Crown, workshops of the Kremlin, 1682 (gold, sable & precious stones)

Crown, workshops of the Kremlin, 1682 (gold, sable & precious stones)
BAL464787 Crown, workshops of the Kremlin, 1682 (gold, sable & precious stones) by Russian School (17th century); 20.3x61 cm; Kremlin Museums, Moscow, Russia; Russian, out of copyright

Background imageRubies Collection: Art Nouveau pendant entitled Sylvia, 1900 (gold, enamel & precious stones)

Art Nouveau pendant entitled Sylvia, 1900 (gold, enamel & precious stones)
XIR41957 Art Nouveau pendant entitled Sylvia, 1900 (gold, enamel & precious stones) by Vever, Henri (1854-1942) & Paul (1851-1915); Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageRubies Collection: A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade

A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade
6310565 A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade, gold hilt set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds often mounted in silver) by Indian School

Background imageRubies Collection: A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade

A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade
6310504 A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade, gold hilt set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds often mounted in silver) by Indian School

Background imageRubies Collection: Late Victorian multi-gem set butterfly brooch, c. 1880 (precious stones)

Late Victorian multi-gem set butterfly brooch, c. 1880 (precious stones)
BON129898 Late Victorian multi-gem set butterfly brooch, c.1880 (precious stones) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; Photo eBonhams, London, UK; English, out of copyright

Background imageRubies Collection: Ms Fr 9141 fol. 235 The Duke Receiving Precious Stones, from

Ms Fr 9141 fol. 235 The Duke Receiving Precious Stones, from
BLY159987 Ms Fr 9141 fol.235 The Duke Receiving Precious Stones, from Le Livre de la Propriete des Choses by Barthelemy l Anglais, c.1405 (vellum) by Boucicaut Master

Background imageRubies Collection: The Great Carew Ruby

The Great Carew Ruby, with Arabic writing. 1906

Background imageRubies Collection: Gems

Gems
LLM456771 Gems by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gems. Illustration from The National Encyclopaedia (William Mackenzie, c 1870).); © Look and Learn

Background imageRubies Collection: Prospecting for sapphires and rubies (chromolitho)

Prospecting for sapphires and rubies (chromolitho)
2788860 Prospecting for sapphires and rubies (chromolitho) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Prospecting for sapphires and rubies)

Background imageRubies Collection: Case with Grooming Implements (Etui), c. 1745-60 (gold mounted agate, diamonds, rubies

Case with Grooming Implements (Etui), c. 1745-60 (gold mounted agate, diamonds, rubies
500397 Case with Grooming Implements (Etui), c.1745-60 (gold mounted agate, diamonds, rubies, interior fitted with implements) by English School, (18th century); h:9.53 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art

Background imageRubies Collection: Stone (colour litho)

Stone (colour litho)
2795459 Stone (colour litho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Stone. Double page illustration contained in one of the series of Les Recreations Instructives)

Background imageRubies Collection: The Crown Jewels of France (engraving)

The Crown Jewels of France (engraving)
1594832 The Crown Jewels of France (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Crown Jewels of France)

Background imageRubies Collection: A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade

A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade
6310580 A Ceremonial Sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, 1880-1900 (inscribed steel blade, gold hilt set with diamonds, rubies and emeralds often mounted in silver) by Indian School



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"Captivating Rubies: Jewels Fit for Royalty and Beyond" Rubies, the epitome of regal allure, have long adorned the crowns and sceptres of monarchs throughout history. These precious gemstones have graced coronation regalia jewels, adding a touch of magnificence to royal ceremonies. One notable mention is Mrs Charles Sweeny, who possessed a collection that would make any queen envious. Each stone exuded elegance and sophistication, much like Ada Blanche when she portrayed Dick Whittington at Drury Lane. The significance extends beyond theatrical performances; they hold historical value as well. The sceptre, sword, and hand of justice belonging to Charlemagne were embellished with these fiery gems - symbols of power and authority in his empire. In 1930, an enchanting advert showcased Ciro jewellery adorned with ravishing rubies. It captured the essence of their timeless beauty and undeniable allure. Even centuries ago, rulers recognized the splendor held within each ruby. Emperor Charlemagne's sceptre and coins boasted these crimson treasures - testaments to their enduring appeal. Not limited to grandiose displays alone, rubies found themselves adorning objects from around the world. A mysterious box from Nepal in the 19th/20th century featured intricate ruby accents crafted by an unknown creator. Similarly captivating was a casting bottle from late 19th-century Europe – its ruby embellishments hinting at secrets contained within its delicate form. Russia too embraced the charm with a miniature evening purse dating back to c. 1890/1900 – an exquisite accessory fit for elegant soirées in St Petersburg or Moscow. Europe's love affair with these gemstones continued through time as seen in a pendant featuring Figure Justice from northern Europe between 1850-1900 – radiating fairness while being encased in breathtaking red hues.