Nude Contemporary Jewellery Blog

 RSS Feed

  1. July Birthstone: Discover the Elegance and Significance of Ruby: A Symbol of Love and Power

    As we step into the month of July, we are greeted by the vibrant and enchanting beauty of the Ruby. This deep red gemstone has been treasured for centuries, not only for its mesmerizing allure but also for its profound symbolism. Being the birthstone for July, the Ruby holds a special place in the hearts of those born in this month. In this article, we will delve into the elegance and significance of this precious gemstone, exploring its historical background, characteristics, colour variations, jewellery options, famous rubies in history and pop culture, care and maintenance, as well as a buying guide to help you choose the perfect July gift.

    Maisie Marquise ruby and diamond engagement ring

    The Maisie Ring - exclusive ruby and diamond ring)

    Historical significance and symbolism of Ruby

    The Ruby has captivated civilizations throughout history with its captivating beauty and mystical properties. Ancient cultures believed that the Ruby possessed the power to bestow good fortune, health, and protection upon its wearer. In medieval times, it was also associated with nobility, wealth, and passion. The deep red colour of the Ruby symbolizes love, passion, and courage, making it an ideal gift to express deep emotions and devotion. In Sanskrit, the Ruby is called "ratnaraj," which translates to "king of gemstones," further highlighting its regal significance.

    Ruby are deco pendant


    Characteristics of Ruby gemstone


    Ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum, with its deep red colour being caused by the presence of chromium. It is one of the hardest gemstones, second only to the diamond, making it durable and suitable for everyday wear. The finest Rubies possess a vibrant red hue, known as "pigeon blood red," which is highly sought after in the gemstone world. Rubies also exhibit a remarkable brilliance, making them truly eye-catching. Its hardness and durability, combined with its intense colour and brilliance, make Ruby a gemstone of exceptional value and beauty.

    astraea trillogy ruby and diamond ring


    The colour variations of Ruby

    While the classic colour of Ruby is a deep red, ranging from pinkish to purplish tones, there are also other colour variations to explore. Some Rubies may display a more pinkish-red hue, known as "pink Ruby," which exudes a delicate and feminine charm. On the other hand, the "blood-red Ruby" showcases a rich and intense shade of red, evoking a sense of power and passion. The colour variations in Rubies allow individuals to choose a shade that resonates with their personal style and preferences, adding a touch of uniqueness to their jewellery collection.

     ruby and diamond eternity ring

    Ruby birthstone jewellery options


    The Ruby's timeless beauty and significance make it a popular choice for birthstone jewellery. From delicate necklaces and earrings to stunning rings and bracelets, there is a wide array of options to explore when it comes to Ruby jewellery. A Ruby pendant, adorned with diamonds, can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit. For those seeking a statement piece, a Ruby cocktail ring featuring a large, vibrant gemstone is sure to turn heads. Whether worn as a single stone or combined with other gemstones, Ruby jewellery is a beautiful way to celebrate your July birthstone and showcase your individual style.

     ruby and dia toi et moi ring

    Famous Rubies in history and pop culture


    Throughout history, certain Rubies have gained legendary status due to their extraordinary size, colour, and historical significance. One such renowned Ruby is the "Sunrise Ruby," a 25.59-carat gemstone that is considered one of the finest in the world. Its rich and vivid red hue, combined with its exceptional clarity, makes it truly remarkable. Another famous Ruby is the "Hope Ruby," a 32.08-carat gem known for its deep red colour and incredible size. This Ruby has passed through the hands of several famous owners, adding to its allure and mystique. In pop culture, the Ruby shoes has also made appearances, such as in the iconic movie "The Wizard of Oz," where it represented the power to grant wishes.

     ruby and dias

    Care and maintenance of Ruby gemstone


    To ensure the longevity and beauty of your Ruby gemstone, proper care and maintenance are essential. Rubies should be protected from scratches and sharp blows, as they can chip or scratch the surface of the gem. It is advisable to store Ruby jewellery separately in a soft pouch or jewellery box to prevent any damage. Regular cleaning with a soft cloth and mild soapy water will help maintain the sparkle of your Ruby. Avoid exposing Rubies to harsh chemicals, high temperatures, and ultrasonic cleaners, as they can adversely affect the gemstone. By following these simple guidelines, you can enjoy the brilliance and allure of your Ruby for years to come.

     Ruby Infinity Ring

    Buying guide for July birthstone Ruby


    When purchasing a Ruby, it is important to consider several factors to ensure you select a gemstone of high quality and value. The four Cs - colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight - play a crucial role in determining the overall beauty and worth of a Ruby. The colour should be vibrant and evenly distributed, with no visible inclusions affecting its clarity The clarity or a ruby also contributes to it's value but a flawless ruby is more likely to have been treated so not necessarily more valuable.The cut should be precise to maximize the gem's brilliance and sparkle. As for carat weight, personal preference and budget come into play, as larger Rubies are rarer and more valuable.

    rose gold allsorts d


    Celebrating the beauty and power of Ruby


    In conclusion, the July birthstone Ruby holds a special place in the world of gemstones, exuding elegance, significance, and timeless beauty. Its deep red colour symbolizes love and power, making it a perfect gift for loved ones or a treasured addition to your own jewellery collection. The historical significance, colour variations, and famous Rubies all contribute to the allure and mystique surrounding this precious gemstone. By caring for your Ruby gemstone and making an informed purchase, you can cherish its beauty and significance for a lifetime. So, embrace the elegance of the Ruby and let its vibrant red hues ignite a sense of passion and love in your life.


    Take a look at all of our Ruby jewellery here....

  2. It's been a while since I wrote a blog post so I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Nikki Galloway the owner of Nude Jewellery.

    IMG_3750 (1)

    I first started my jewellery business trading as Nikki Galloway way (way!) back in 1998, at that time I sold the jewellery that I created through independent jewellery shops throughout the UK as well as through a market stall in Piccadilly, Central London. This was great to start with and over time I built up a fantastic list of customers who would visit me regularly from London and abroad but after a snowy and cold day in March 2001 and with little sales I decided that I could do better and began to hatch a plan.

    So on the 6th of December 2001 Nude Jewellery was born and opened it's doors in Mayfair, London. A small but perfectly formed shop in the Shepherd Market area of Mayfair which is rich in history and character. Within the store I sold a wide variety of collections from other designers as well as having our own in-house workshop it was the perfect place to create and sell. For many years I enjoyed the shop in Mayfair and met loads of amazing and interesting people (as well as some super famous people) which was always fun.

    You may ask where the name Nude Jewellery came from? Well, after many, many chats with family and friends. Two of my good friends from St Martins Art School came up with the name (I think wine was involved!). It was short, sweet and catchy – I loved it – the name stuck. Although to be honest I may have gone with something else had I anticipated the growth of the internet and all that. But hindsight is a wonderful thing, so hey ho!



    As times change and over the 17 years or so in Mayfair so did the world, the internet went from strength to strength and the shop became unnecessary with more people buying online. Therefore when the opportunity arose and after starting a family and with two young children I made the move to run the businesses completely online. And I have to say it has been fantastic, I am so glad that I made this move. I get to walk my children to school and then work out of my studio at the end of the garden or from my laptop at home.

    It's been quite a few years now since I made the change and my days are prominently made up of creating bespoke engagement rings and working on our own exclusive designs and I do still work with a handful of designers that create truly beautiful and unusual designs including Vurchoo Designs, Susanna Hanl, Tufi Patah and Lucy Q.

    I am so grateful to have a job that I love doing, no two days are ever the same and I'm always thinking of new designs and ideas.

    You can find me on the socials if you want to see what I'm making from day to day.

    Thanks for taking time to learn more about me and Nude Jewellery, love Nikki x Facebook-logo


  3. Did you know that the most popular time of year for proposals is between New Year and Valentines, and men typically spend around 3 months researching engagement rings before they buy. With this is mind I've decided to put together my predictions for the most popular engagement ring styles for 2021. 

    Asymmetrical Engagement Ring

    Away from the norm and traditional asymmetrical engagement rings are increasing in popularity. This style is a beautiful way to show off your unique personality.

    Technical Tip: My advice when looking at this style is to make sure that the weight of the gemstones and top details are balanced otherwise the ring will fall to the heavier side when on the finger. Below are our Atlantis rings, a beautiful collection of asymmetrical cluster rings available in a wide variety of gemstone combinations......take a look here.

    Rose Sunrise - Asymmetrical pinks sapphire, violet sapphire, ruby and rose gold gemstone ring

     Atlantis Rose Diamond - Asymmetrical diamond and rose gold cluster ring

    Pear Shaped & Marquise Shaped Diamonds & Gemstones

    This style is classic yet modern, often with a delicate band adorned in diamonds or gemstones which shows of the main focal point which is often a diamond in all it's glory.

    Technical Tip: In order for the ring to last the test of time, make sure that the even although the band is delicate, it shouldn't be so delicate that it will snap or weaken over time and through wear – remember this is a ring that you will wear every day forever.

    Pear shaped aquamarine and diamond engagement ring

     Unusual marquise ruby and diamonds engagement ring
    Coloured Gemstones

    Coloured gemstones are increasingly popular, and again this is an ideal way to show off your unique personality. The most traditional gemstone for engagement rings used are, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. This is because these gemstone are incredibly strong and durable. But there are many other gemstones that are equally as beautiful to choose from.

    I love creating engagement rings with coloured gemstones, especially rings with a colour clash. My favourite at the moment is red and pink.

    Did you know? Sapphires don't just come in the traditional and most common blue, you can also get red, pink, white and yellow all in many shades and hues.


    Marquise shaped aquamarine and pink sapphire colour clash quirky engagement ring

    Green pear shaped gemstone set in yellow gold with diamonds engagement ring


    In the past year or so we have seen some celebrities show off their beautiful pearl engagement rings. My advice would be no, it's simple, just no. For an engagement ring pearls are simply not practical. They are highly porous, soft and are not suitable to withstand daily wear and tear. Hand-creams, soaps and everyday life will remove the lustre over time and they are easily scratched. As beautiful as they are I would not recommend a pearl engagement ring - pearls for the ear or neck are much more practical - or as an occasion wear ring - definitely not for everyday.

    Champagne – Chocolate Diamonds

    Champagne and chocolate coloured diamonds are stunning, vivid and full of life and are typically not as expensive as the traditional white diamond making them an increasingly popular choice. They are also perfectly paired with rose gold which only enhances their beauty and what's not to love about rose gold which has never been so popular.

    Champagne diamond and rose gold engagement ring

    Marquise shaped champagne diamond set in a modern and unusual rose gold and diamond ring

    Marquise shaped champagne diamond and white diamond rose gold engagement ring

    Rose Gold

    Rose gold engagement rings have been popular for quite a few years now with no signs of going away. For years I have been designing and making engagement rings which were mostly white gold with a few that were yellow. Now I'd say that rose gold is more popular than yellow with my clients. It has a softness about it which works very well with many different gemstones and skin tones.

    So this is my guide to jewellery trends for 2021. If you want to take a look at our Engagement Ring page for more inspiration then click here. I'm a little obsessed with designing so you'll find new designs added regularly.

    Maisie Marquise Ring - Ruby & Diamonds set in rose gold

    Marquise Sapphires & Diamonds create an unusual and stunning 7 gemstone ros

    Art Deco

    Art Deco has increased in popularity over the past few years, it oozes style and luxury. Many designs include baguette shaped diamonds and emeralds. My own engagement ring is Art Deco in style featuring a beautiful green tourmaline. Take a look at our bespoke jewellery page to discuss making your Art Deco style engagement ring.


    A bit about me & Nude Jewellery:

    Nude Jewellery was established in 2001 by me, Nikki Galloway. Originally based in the quaint village-like area of Shepherd's Market, Mayfair, London our boutique quickly became established and celebrated appearances in over 100 publications worldwide including Vogue,The Sunday Times Style, Elle, Evening Standard, and French Vogue. I have worked on hundred's of bespoke jewellery commissions over the years including for Elle Macpherson and the Sultan of Brunei. We are now based online with our design studio and workshop in Surrey and most days you'll find us liaising with clients to discuss which styles that they're looking for and creating their perfect engagement ring.

    Thanks for reading, Nikki