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July Birthstone Jewelry

Ruby, the star of July birthstone jewelry, is a gemstone that has been revered since ancient times as a symbol for passion, protection, and prosperity. This gem’s name comes from the Latin word for red. While precious rubies have been among the most highly-prized of gemstones, glass stones and beads created in this rich color for beautiful costume jewelry for centuries. Whether you want to complement a red outfit or wish to add a splash of drama to an ensemble in other colors, you’ll find a fine selection of ruby necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches here. For tips on accessorizing today’s fashions with July birthstone jewelry, read this blog post.

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    Diamanté & Ruby German Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips

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    Trios of ruby glass stones add contrast to this Art Deco diamanté-encrusted brooch that can also be worn as separate dress clips. The photos show a third option for wearing this piece: one clip worn as a pendant on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a silver or white-gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. The brooch mechanism, which is German, closes with a simple c-clasp. Scroll down to see lovely ruby red Art Deco earrings to wear with this piece as well as a selection of coordinating bracelets. You can also wear your own real or faux diamond studs or hoops with this piece.

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    Ruby & Diamanté 1950s Brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli

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    This stunning 1950s three-dimensional brooch by Elsa Schiaparelli features clusters of ruby red crystal beads atop ruby and aurora borealis (AB) rhinestones. In person, this piece looks like a display of fireworks — the reflective navettes are hard to capture in photos. The setting is silver-tone metal with a roll-over safety clasp. Even the back of the brooch is textured! All you need to complete your jewelry accessories is a pair of faux or genuine diamond stud earrings. If black and white is more to your taste, scroll down to see the same design in that combination.

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    Ruby & Sterling Flower 1940s Brooch by Hess-Appel

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    A large, beautifully-faceted, cushion-cut ruby glass flower stands tall with curled sterling silver leaves and stem in this graceful 1940s Retro Modern brooch by Hess-Appel. This piece is signed with their Jollé trademark (without the accent, which was used only in their advertisements). This tall brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can easily remove the age-appropriate patina if you wish.

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  • Vintage glass necklace in ruby red
    Vintage ruby Art Deco necklace
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    Ruby Art Deco Necklace

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    This vintage glass necklace with nine faceted oval-cut ruby glass stones in open-back settings is a lovely Art Deco piece. The color is a deep raspberry. A silver-tone chain with a spring-ring clasp completes this necklace from my personal collection. Although this piece was made for a slim neck, you could easily add a chain extender. Scroll down to see a pair of pendant earrings in the same luscious shade of ruby red.

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    Ruby Art Deco Pendant Earrings

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    These long (2 1/2″) ruby-glass Art Deco earrings feature a large, faceted drop suspended from silver-tone metal links and a collet-set round matching stone. The original screw-backs on these earrings were converted to sterling silver lever-backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. Earrings like these are a great jewelry wardrobe staple, especially for women who love Art Deco and long earrings! Scroll down to see the perfect bracelet to wear with them.

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  • 1920s pendant necklace with rectangular, ruby-glass stones
    Ruby Art Deco pendant
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    Ruby Art Deco Pendant with Chicklets

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    This delicate 1920s pendant necklace is another variation of the chicklet-style so popular in the Art Deco era. This piece has a beautifully-faceted, rectangular ruby-glass stone suspended from a smaller, oblong-shaped stone along with three chicklets on each side of the chain closest to the center drop. The metal is silver-tone and unmarked. This necklace closes with a spring-ring clasp. I don’t usually like pendants, but this one is special! It’s perfect for a v-neckline. Scroll down to see a complementary Art Deco bracelet.

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    Ruby Bead & Crystal Art Deco Necklace

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    Single and clusters of blown-ruby-glass beads separated by crystal disks form this lovely Art Deco necklace. It closes with a filigree fish-hook clasp. Reds are hard to match, so consider wearing any of my crystal bead Art Deco earrings with this necklace.  Scroll down to see them and the perfect bracelet to complete your jeweled accessories.

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  • Miriam Haskell brooch (clip) with ruby glass beads & rondelles
    Close-up view of Miriam Haskell brooch/clip
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    Ruby Bead & Rondelle 1940s Clip/Brooch by Miriam Haskell

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    This Miriam Haskell brooch, which is also a dress clip, has deep-red glass beads separated by rondelles and small flat beads in silver metal findings. A World War II-style dress clip is attached to a pierced plastic back. Frank Hess used this Machine Age-style in other designs. (Scroll down to see a similar pair of earrings.) I bought this piece from Haskell expert Cathy Gordon, who indicated that the pin stem was probably added to the dress clip at a later date. In addition to wearing this piece as a clip or brooch, you can wear it as a pendant on a black cord (shown in the last photo) or on a silver or white-gold chain. The 17″ black cord shown is included with this purchase.

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    Ruby Bead & Rondelle French Art Deco Pinwheel Brooch

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    Ruby glass beads wired in a spiral are adorned with channels of diamanté and topped with a large ruby bead. Frank Hess designed a nearly identical dress clip for Miriam Haskell circa 1940, but with diamanté only on the front. This brooch has them on both sides and closes with a trombone clasp on a filigree back. Real or faux diamond ear studs are the perfect accompaniment. Scroll down to see a complementary bracelet.

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    Ruby Bead Art Deco Pendant Earrings

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    Another great pair of long Art Deco ruby pendant earrings! Here a molded ruby-glass bead resembling a flower is suspended from a silver-tone chain dotted with two small, faceted ruby-glass beads. A flatter bead in the same color glass is designed to adorn the earlobe. The original screw-backs on these earrings were converted to sterling silver posts for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. Lots of movement with these vibrant earrings, which are another great jewelry wardrobe staple. Scroll down to see the perfect bracelet to wear with them.

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    Ruby Bead, Emerald Leaf & Brass Art Deco Dangling Bracelet

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    Ruby red and emerald green glass beads are intertwined with green pressed glass leaves in this charming Art Deco dangling bracelet. This piece makes me think of the bunches of grapes motif so popular at this time. The beads, including three extended clusters, and leaves are suspended from a brass link chain. It closes with an old-style spring-ring clasp. This bracelet is probably European in origin. A fun piece!

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  • Ruby bead necklace with gold filigree & rondelles
    1950s Miriam Haskell ruby bead necklace
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    Ruby Bead, Filigree & Rondelle 1950s Necklace by Miriam Haskell

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    This ruby-glass bead necklace by Miriam Haskell is a 1950s classic. The round beads are accented with large glass nuggets in the same color. They have a Russian-gold-filigree end cap, a rondelle, and a small filigree bead on each end. The filigree-topped box clasp is embellished with rose montées. Made in a rich color with elegant, this opera-length piece can go everywhere and never goes out of style!

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    Ruby Chicklet Art Deco Festoon Necklace

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    Three rows of faceted ruby-glass chicklets drape in the front of this vibrant Art Deco creation. Two larger faceted ruby-glass triangles join the three rows to the rest of the necklace. The chicklets are open-back; the triangles are not. This unusual version of the classic chicklet in hard-to-find red closes with a spring-ring clasp. This necklace is probably Czech in origin. What a great piece! Scroll down to see a beautiful bracelet to wear with it.

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    Ruby Drop Art Deco Earrings

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    A double silver-tone chain connects a faceted, rich ruby-glass, three-dimensional stone to a prong-set, square-cut small ruby glass stone in these lively and extra-long Art Deco earrings. The original screw-backs were converted to sterling silver ear wires with lever backs for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. Ruby Art Deco pendant earrings are a jewelry wardrobe essential! And so is the complementary bracelet – scroll down to see it.

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  • 1950s earrings by Schreiner, with ruby glass stones
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    Ruby Snowflake 1950s Earrings by Schreiner

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    These 1950s earrings by Schreiner feature deep-red faceted glass stones set in Japanned metal with clip-backs. They are just stunning! This hard-to-find color works well all year round. Wear these versatile earrings from day to evening and feel extraordinary!

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  • Art Deco bangle with ruby & crystal in sterling
    Back of Payco Art Deco bangle
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    Ruby, Crystal & Sterling Art Deco Bangle by H. Payton

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    This Art Deco bangle has faceted square-cut ruby glass stones alternating with square-cut crystals, set in sterling silver. This bracelet by H. Payton (better-known as PAYCO) has a concealed clasp and etched edges. This design and construction are typical of this type of piece so popular in the 1920s. Bangles like this one never go out of style. Wear it alone or with coordinating pieces like the ones shown below. Or wear it with contemporary jewelry.

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  • Trifari bouquet brooch with enamel & ruby flowers
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Enamel Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Alfred Spaney for Trifari

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    This Trifari bouquet brooch has enamel leaves with faceted, oval ruby-red glass flowers surrounded by pavé petals. Long pavé leaves and a pavé ribbon that ties the bouquet complete the Alfred Spaney design. This lovely 1940s brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp.

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    Ruby, Diamanté & Gold Circle 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Marcel Boucher

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    Marcel Boucher designed a number of circle pins and earrings in the 1950s, and this set is a lovely example of this work. The gold-plated open-circle brooch is embellished with an arrow of pavé topped with ruby glass baguettes. The closed-circle earrings are embellished with the same stones in a leaf-like setting. Perhaps these pieces were not originally a set. (The brooch is unmarked; the earrings have no inventory number.) Even so, they look great together!

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    Ruby, Diamanté & Pearl 1950s Dangle Earrings by Hattie Carnegie

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    Large, faceted ruby glass teardrops with diamanté caps are the focal point of these lovely and elegant ear clips by Hattie Carnegie. The rubies are suspended from two faux pearls – the top one adorns the earlobe. The setting is gold-tone. These 1950s earrings can go from day to evening wear with ease!

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  • Coro Duette brooch & earrings set
    Coro-Craft Duette brooch
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Rose Vermeil Sterling 1940s ‘Sparkling Peonies’ Duette & Earrings Set by Adolph Katz for Coro

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    This Coro Duette brooch has two rose-gold-plated sterling silver flowers edged in diamanté with ruby-glass-stone centers. It can be worn as a brooch or as separate fur clips, and has matching earrings. Made for the company’s high-end line, this stunning set showcases one of Adolph Katz’s brilliant Retro Modern designs, from both an aesthetic and engineering point of view. For Duettes that were asymmetrical like this one, the brooch frame had to be customized to work with the particular pair of clips. Truly gorgeous pieces in remarkable condition! You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Coro’s name. This design was advertised by the company as Sparkling Peonies.

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    Ruby, Diamanté & Sterling Art Deco Bar Brooch

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    A row of faceted square-cut ruby glass stones alternates with pairs of diamanté to form this beautiful Art Deco sterling silver bar brooch. This well-made piece is finished with engraved edges and an older clasp. The 935 mark, which refers to a higher silver content than the American sterling standard of 925 parts per 1000, makes me think this lovely piece is European in origin. Bar brooches never go out of style, and this one is exceptional! Scroll down to see a complementary bracelet.

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  • Trifari brooch with ruby flowers in a sterling basket
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket 1940s Brooch by Trifari

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    Faceted oval ruby-glass flowers are surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté trimmed basket in this rhodium-plated sterling silver 1940s Trifari brooch. The feel is Retro (in terms of Victorian Revival), but the design is a classic. I have two other brooches in this design: one with aquamarines, the other with amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three are from my personal collection.

     

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    Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil 1940s Brooch

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    Fabric-like folds of gold-plated base metal with faceted square-cut ruby glass stone and diamanté embellishments form this 1940s Retro Modern brooch. Although this piece was made as a double-clip brooch, my expert jeweler has determined that the mechanism on one of the dress clips is too loose for it to function as planned. Nevertheless, as a brooch this piece is a stunning example of Retro Modern style. Minor wear to some of the gold plating does not affect the wearability of this brooch. I have priced it to reflect my purchase cost plus postage to you. You can see the utility patent here, under Fielding’s name.

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  • Trifari bracelet with ruby & diamanté in gold-plated sterling
    Trifari Retro Modern bracelet
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Bracelet by Trifari

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    This Trifari bracelet features oval prong-set ruby-glass stones alternating with pavé-embellished scroll-shaped links in a gold-plated sterling silver setting. This 1940s Retro Modern piece closes with a fold-over clasp. It was made during World War II, when makers had to use sterling because base metals were limited to war-related manufacturing.

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