Post # 1
My boyfriend asked me to tell him what I wanted for my engagement ring. I know for sure that I want a six prong round cut solitaire and that I do not want a diamond right now, but I am torn between aquamarine and moissanite. I lean heavily to the aquamarine because I love the blue, like being a little different, and don’t necessarily want to feel like I’m pretending to have a diamond. But I have this nagging worry that the aquamarine isn’t going to be particularly durable. And the moissanite is ridiculously sparkly. So I’m having second thoughts about the aquamarine. Bottom line is that I’m going to love whatever he gets, but I want to feel confident in my choice.
Any thoughts/wisdom would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
I just posted a thread about durability for stones 8 or lower — I am torn because I love prasiolite (greened amethyst) but it’s a 7 on Mohs so a white sapphire would be more durable (9). As far as I understand, moissanite is a 9.5.. I’m going to follow this so I can get answers too, lol.
Post # 3
I would probably go with the moissanite because it is more durable. I believe it comes in colored stones though.
Post # 4
@sahanarajana I just saw yours, am going to follow! I love green amethyst, by the way.
@Mrs.Sawyertobe I didn’t know it came in colors, thanks!
I think our plan is to upgrade me at some point to a lab-grown diamond (no ethical issues and yay SCIENCE!) so I probably don’t need to have it last absolutely forever. Once I upgrade I’ll have the original stone reset, maybe into a pendant so there’s less chance of damage.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
einpgh: I’m pretty sure Schubach’s has got some blue moissanite, that could be the best of both worlds for you?
Post # 6
einpgh: I would try to look for a light blue sapphire if you’re leaning towards something with more color. The hardness of the aquamarine would worry me.
I’m getting a purple spinel, and I’m slightly worried (7.5-8)… so I’ve been wearing around an opal to see if that can handle my “lifestyle,” so to say.
Remember, the levels on the Mohs Hardness scale are on a logarithmic scale. Every step up is an order of magnitude harder than the previous hardness number.
Post # 7
@FutureDrAtkins I am definitely looking into it!
@damarajade I did look at sapphires, and I would love one, but they’re outside our budget at the moment, unfortunately. I’m usually not hard on jewelry, so I’m just trying to decide if I’m fussing over something that’s not even a big issue.
Post # 8
I found this thread while looking for more information on moissanite, and specifically blue moissanite, after spending a day in tears after chipping my aquamarine stone in my engagement setting. I got engaged four years, it chipped a little because the setting was too loose and the gold rubbed on it. This happened within a few months of getting it. Somehow the chip grew to a very noticable size recently. I am now devastatingly replacing my lovely stone, and so sad I won’t have the stone I had on my wedding day in my ring. So… Moissanite!
Post # 9
If you are planning on upgrading anyway, it might be doable to get the aquamarine. While not the most durable stone, it sounds like you aren’t planning on this being a forever stone anyway.
Post # 10
I adore aquamarine, so I would absolutely choose that over the moissanite.
Post # 11
A lot of people wear gemstone rings on a daily basis with not too much wear. Unless it’s a really big stone that could easily be scratched I’d go with an aquamarine.
Post # 12
My SIL has an heirloom aquamarine from my mama as her ering. Looks perfect after two years daily wear! And it was my mamas ering many many years passed.