I know a man who collects rubies. He once searched for them all over the world. Today, he has them hand-delivered to his front door. He’s not a millionaire. He’s just a man who loves his wife.
We’ve never met, but I’ll never forget the letter this man sent me years ago. He wrote to thank me for making it easier to keep alive the memory of his sweet wife, Ruby. They were married for 52 years. Read on and you’ll understand why I thought of him as soon as I discovered these Forever Ruby Earrings.
He wrote that when he and his wife were first dating, Ruby told him that (naturally) she adored rubies. But she could never afford them. As a young Navy man, he was on a tight budget himself. His plan was to give Ruby simple yet, elegant earrings and return from his deployment with something much more impressive.
He found what he was looking for during a port visit in the South Pacific. A beautiful natural ruby for an unbelievable price. Once he returned home, that red gem was set into earrings and then placed in his sweetheart’s ears. She blushed, shed some tears. Just as she did later on that same year when she answered his question with an enthusiastic "YES."
Those first stones set their new life in motion. They raised a family (three girls with the same blazing red hair as their mother) and he sailed the world as a naval officer. Every chance he got, every red gemstone he could afford, he brought home to his own Ruby.
I was surprised and inspired by his sense of hope. "Her beauty lives on in our three daughters," he wrote. "I see my Ruby in their eyes. I hear her in every laugh," he wrote. "Looking at them, I know that my wife is always nearby." Words like that stick with me. They remind me that this necklace is more than just a piece of jewelry.
Our Forever Ruby Earrings feature over 13 carats of faceted natural ruby that sway from French hooks finished in luxurious gold. Add the matching Forever Ruby Necklace for an additional 6 3⁄4 carats of radiant red gems that sway from an 18" chain.
Today his tradition continues. Though he doesn’t travel as much as he used to, he’s still on the lookout for beautiful jewelry. "Life is good," he wrote. "And it’s about to get even better."The letter ended with a surprise, "My first granddaughter is due any day now. They’ve named her Ruby."