Painting the Town Red

The colour redolent of passion, sensuality and romantic love. In pre-dynastic Egypt, red was associated with health and well being. In medieval times, red became increasingly the colour associated with power, majesty and authority.

Created Ruby and Diamond Heart Enhancer in 9ct Yellow Gold Created Ruby and Diamond Heart Enhancer in 9ct Yellow Gold

In the Melbourne Myer Autumn/Winter 2014 Fashion Launch, reds added a succulent splash of colour to the otherwise sombre and sober tones normally associated with the season. In April, 2014, Miss World Australia, Ms Erin Holland, stole attention at the Sydney Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, dressed in a playful red jumpsuit. Red still leaves us spellbound and seduced..  

Created Heart Ruby and Diamond Pendant in 9ct Gold Created Heart Ruby and Diamond Pendant in 9ct Gold
Created Heart Ruby and Diamond Stud Earrings in 9ct Gold Created Heart Ruby and Diamond Stud Earrings in 9ct Gold

The Red Carpet at the 2013 Grammys was stolen by an incandescent Rihanna, resplendent and riveting in her line silhouette, translucent chiffon bodice, formal, electric- crimson gown whose train appeared to merge majestically into the carpet upon which she serenely sauntered.

Natural Enhanced Madagascan Ruby and Diamonds 18ct Gold Ring Natural Enhanced Madagascan Ruby and Diamonds 18ct Gold Ring
Created Ruby and Diamonds 9ct Yellow Gold Ring Created Ruby and Diamonds 9ct Yellow Gold Ring

On July 4th, 2014, Independence Day in the USA, Rihanna did it again in a scarlet see- through slip with jagged hemline high above the knee and matching scarlet 3 inch heels.  A lady in red, painting West Hollywood the same colour.

Created Ruby and Diamond Necklet in 9ct Yellow Gold 45cm Created Ruby and Diamond Necklet in 9ct Yellow Gold 45cm

The transition from celebrity -red high fashion to celebrity red jewellery was perhaps ignited by the English. The English love affair for ruby as an engagement ring alternative to diamonds was sparked by Prince Andrew’s engagement to Sarah Ferguson in 1986. He, in consultation with Garrard Jewellers, Mayfair, helped design the ring, set with an oval cut, pigeon- blood ruby surrounded by ten tear- drop diamonds. The inspiration was Sarah’s fiery red hair. The Americans followed suit. In 2010, it was the most natural thing in the world for Eric Johnson to give Jessica Simpson a Neil Lane designed, five carat, cushion- cut ruby engagement ring flanked by two pear shaped diamonds. July is her birthday and so ruby is her gem. What could speak more eloquently of his love for her than that?

Created Ruby and Diamond Cocktail Ring in 9ct Yellow Gold Created Ruby and Diamond Cocktail Ring in 9ct Yellow Gold

Another July birthday girl received a ruby.  Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, gave his wife, Priscilla Chan, a simple 3 carat ruby wedding ring he designed himself. The cultural symbolism of good fortune and prosperity in Chinese philosophy made the choice even more appropriate . The Golden Globes and Oscars were, and are, ruby red enamoured also..

Created Ruby and Diamond Bridal Ring Set in 9ct Yellow Gold Created Ruby and Diamond Bridal Ring Set in 9ct Yellow Gold

At the 2014 Golden Globes, Taylor Swift accessorized her rose red, Caroline Herrera bustier gown with a vintage, Lorraine Swartz, flower cluster three-ring set with twelve tear- drop faceted natural rubies and cushion cut diamonds.

Natural Ruby and Diamond set 9ct Gold Ring Natural Ruby and Diamond set 9ct Gold Ring

When Scarlett Johansson presented at the Oscars she also chose red, in her case, a Dolce and Gabbana burgundy- lace formal gown and yet again her jewellery drew attention away from haute couture to haute joaillerie. The cabochon rubies in her Anna Hu- designed Dragon Flower ring and ruby stud earrings left viewers struggling for suitable superlatives. You can delight in ruby too.

Ruby and Diamond Chinese Dragon Pendant in 9ct Yellow Gold Ruby and Diamond Chinese Dragon Pendant in 9ct Yellow Gold

Right here at Shiels. Be seduced. It’s not a sin. It’s pure pleasure. All jewellery featured here is available at Shiels