Aquamarine or Moissanite?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would probably go with the moissanite because it is more durable.  I believe it comes in colored stones though.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • 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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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 # 8
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Wannabee

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!

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by  tristatempke.
Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I adore aquamarine, so I would absolutely choose that over the moissanite.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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.

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