from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The color of a fine dark ruby, scarcely so dark as the beef's-blood. These two shades are the most admired in that stone.
- n. In ceramics, a glaze of Oriental porcelain resembling the color of pigeon's blood; a variety of sang-de-bœuf.
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On the second finger he wore a gold ring, set with a huge pigeon's-blood ruby.
The stone had been polished, not cut, and glowed rather than sparkled with a deep rich red -- the true "pigeon's-blood" tint so admired by connoisseurs.
It's fingers were gnarled, and hooked like a bird's claw, and on the little finger a ruby flashed in the morning sunlight -- not a large ruby, but of the purest pigeon's-blood shade, and in any case a stone of price.
The Tatar chief now called Rob to his tent and presented him with a beautiful ring set with a glowing pigeon's-blood ruby, in acknowledgment of his services.
This emblem is covered with jewels of the choicest character, among which are steel-white diamonds and rubies of pigeon's-blood hue, such as are rarely obtainable in our day.
a tremendous pigeon's-blood ruby flanked on each side by a diamond.
"Here is his story in a few words: some years ago Morley's father bought from his shop a pair of earrings, each one set with an unusually valuable pigeon's-blood ruby, and gave them to Mrs. Morley.