What Gemstones are Suitable for Engagment Rings

5 Nov 2014

                  
 
Diamonds are undeniably beautiful, but it is not only their beauty that makes them the ideal choice for engagement rings, it is also their durability. An engagement ring is meant to last a lifetime and therefore needs to be made to stand the test of time. For some, white diamonds just don’t suit. Many love colour and it is very easy to fall in love over and over again with the abundance of coloured gemstones available. Not all coloured gemstones are, however, suitable for engagement rings.
 
So what is a suitable coloured gemstone for an engagement ring?
 
The ultimate choice is a fancy coloured diamond. Like a white diamond, they are the hardest mineral on earth and are the perfect choice of stone for everyday wear. However, some fancy coloured diamonds come with a hefty price tag, particularly the pink and blue varieties. Yellow diamonds are more affordable whilst cognac diamonds also carry a lower price tag in terms of fancy diamonds.
 
Not all of us can justify spending 1,000’s, 10,000’s or even 100,000’s on a gemstone. The next best option is a Sapphire. Sapphire has a Mohs hardness of 9, making it the second hardest gemstone and an ideal choice for engagement rings. Sapphires come in a rainbow of colours and although they may not sparkle with the same brilliance as a diamond they are just as unique and exquisite. 
 
Rubies also are a wonderful option, they too have a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale. Other options not quite as durable as Diamonds, Sapphires and Rubies are Topaz and Tourmaline. These also come in a beautiful assortment of colours to choose from. It is always best to have an expert jeweller and gemologist look at your stone to determine whether it is suitable for everyday wear.
 
Now that we have highlighted which stones are appropriate for engagement rings, here is a list of gemstones to stay clear of if you don’t want to run into problems down the track!
 
Opal
 
Emeralds
 
Amethyst
 
Garnets 
 
Peridot 
 
Pearl
 
Turquoise
 
Although these are all very beautiful, they are quite fragile in nature aren’t recommended for an engagement ring that is to be worn every day. A high quality Emerald may be suitable, however it is important to be aware that Emeralds are known for being heavily included making them quite brittle and prone to breakages and cracks.
 
At the end of the day, there is no rule saying what gem you can or cannot have in your engagement ring. It is completely up to you. We always recommend getting an expert opinion before making your purchase to avoid any unwanted problems down the track.
 
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