Day 88-Ruby encased in Wheat

Blenko Water Botle Ruby

Ruby is a favorite among water bottle collectors.  Even people who do not collect seem to want one in Ruby.  This is a particularly nice example which shows no amber highlights.  Ruby is usuallly darker than this which leaves me with a slight suspicion that it could be Tangerine???????  I am not sure how to tell at this point.


Update June 30, 2012: A close inspection today revealed that this water bottle is encased in Wheat, hence it’s lighter tone.  I have included a photo below to show the Wheat layer.  I considered for a while the possibility that the Wheat color is just from the nature of Ruby to  have amber areas, however, this is a definite layer of amber glass.  (I am guessing that the casing is Wheat, any amber color is certainly a possibility at this point.)  I have attempted to take a strictly side on photo of the amber layer, which I can see with my eye, but the camera has so far failed to show it.  I will keep trying.  I uploaded this in a large format as I feel it is important for you to see this layer clearly.


Wheat casing detail


None of the Ruby water bottles shown thus far are actually “typical” of Blenko’s Ruby.  Not to worry, there are several more coming.

Blenko Water Bottle Ruby Ultraviolet light


One thought on “Day 88-Ruby encased in Wheat

  1. Gorgeous bottle, I would rule out Tangerine since that is a “striking” color & you will always have some sort of color fade or highlight, even if just a small amount when looking closely at any striking color. Id say this example is just from a well mixed but chemically improperly balanced batch of Ruby that is not as deep or dark as The intended True Ruby should be. It looks alot like the Cherry Red of 2009 which was another accidental batch of a similar color Ruby you previously talked about. Also as you mentioned the best True Ruby comes from the use of 22-24k gold. I have also seen real gold give glass that faint tomato red hint which tones the ruby down but still seems to always maintain an even coloring. If we can prove Blenkos use of gold in the earlier years to be true vs to when Selenium use began it may help us to date Ruby bottles. To some degree. If all factors aren’t ideal, real gold & modern Selenium both can vary in color shades. The Selenium however has a tendency to give us the amber tones & highlights seen profusely in Ruby bottles of recent years. Ruby is a tough color to get right which means us collectors will all have some wonderful variations to discover!

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