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Award-winning designer Judith Ripka inspires those who appreciate style, design, and uncompromising quality. Her numerous achievements include winning the prestigious De Beers Award for Diamond Design and being inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Since launching her career in 1977, Ripka has helped others understand that fashion is about style and creating a total look. Taking cues from her busy life as wife, mother, and grandmother, Ripka designs versatile, classic jewelry with a modern twist. Often working side-by-side with clients, she finds joy in sharing her unique interpretation of color, gems, metals, and overall design.
Ripka is committed to using the finest materials in her designs. She also strives to nurture her relationships with European artisans who have been exclusively dedicated to the manufacturing needs of The Judith Ripka Companies, Inc. for over 15 years.
Ripka's passion for jewelry and for her family sparkles with unmatched brilliance. She and husband Ronald J. Berk are committed to making a difference through charity endeavors and involvement in the arts.
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Stone Information & Mining
Ruby is the most valuable variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes sapphire. Rubies can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. This makes ruby one of the most important gems in the colored stone market. In its purest form, the mineral corundum is colorless. Trace elements that become part of the mineral's crystal structure cause variations in its color. Chromium is the trace element that causes ruby's red, which ranges from an orangy red to a purplish red. The name ruby comes from the Latin word ruber, which means "red." The glowing red of ruby suggested an inextinguishable flame burning in the stone, even shining through clothing and able to boil water. The most renowned rubies, like those from Myanmar, the Himalayas, and northern Vietnam, typically form in marble. They're found in layers that are distributed irregularly within the surrounding marble. In other locations, rubies can be found in basalt rocks. Rubies from these sources can have higher iron content, which can make the rubies darker and less intense in color.
Legend & Lore
Ruby is one of the most historically significant colored stones. Rubies are mentioned four times in the Bible, in association with attributes like beauty and wisdom. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, ruby is called ratnaraj, or "king of precious stones." Ruby retained its importance with the birth of the western world and became one of the most sought-after gems of European royalty and the upper classes. Many medieval Europeans wore rubies to guarantee health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love. Desire for ruby is just as great today as it always has been. As a symbol of passion, ruby makes an ideal romantic gift. Consumers are drawn to the lush color because it also signifies wealth and success.
Color is the most significant factor affecting a ruby's value. The finest ruby has a pure, vibrant red to slightly purplish red color. As the color becomes too orangy or more purplish, the ruby moves down the quality scale. The highest-quality rubies have vivid color saturation.
Warm soapy water is always safe. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are usually safe for untreated, heat-treated, and lattice diffusion treated stones. Fracture-filled, cavity-filled, or dyed material should only be cleaned with a damp cloth.
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In French, baguette means "rod". It also refers to a long loaf of crusty bread.
In the jewelry realm, however, the baguette signifies classic, regal beauty. Elongated in length, this cut features non-beveled corners and usually two rows of facets. Similar to the emerald cut, the baguette lacks the sparkle of a brilliant cut. Yet, its few number of facets result in rich color and clarity. On a symbolic note, the baguette speaks to great intelligence, protection, and divine contemplation.