Post # 1
My boyfriend and I recently started looking at rings together — he wants my input so that it will be perfect when he proposes, and I have no problem with this — and I am falling in love with the look of green amethyst/prasiolite. However, it is only a 7 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness and I am concerned. For those of you who have a center stone lower than or just at an 8 on the Mohs Scale (quartz, amethyst, iolite, morganite, aquamarine, citrine, etc), how is it holding up for you? Have you noticed any scratching/damage to the stone and how long have you been wearing it? I’m not the most graceful human being on the planet, so I have a tendency to accidentally hit things/run into them. I want to be sure I get the right kind of stone that will last forever.
Thanks in advance for your input.. and of course, show me your beautiful rings!!
Post # 2
I have an emerald ring that I got when I turned 16. It helpd up well the first few years but one day I was jostled coming down some stairs, knocked off balance, and ended up running into the wall. I was fine, but the ring hit just right and the emerald cracked.
I’d say it all depends on the lifestyle you have. Office job or something else easy on your hands? They could probably work.
Post # 3
Trilly: I do work in an office and I would be super careful with it, I’m just concerned about the everyday use of a ring that isn’t rated at a 9 or higher. Thanks for your input!
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
sahanarajana: I have small amethysts in my wedding band and they are doing just fine (but I’ve only been married 6 months). You can find green sapphires in a variety of hues though, that might be a better option. Have you tried looking at The Natural Sapphire Company online? I heard they have an awesome selection!
Post # 5
I have a 3-stone ring with 2 aquamarine side stones and a CZ center stone (which I think is around an 8). They have held up just fine with no noticeable scratches or issues and I’ve had the ring for almost 2 years. I am not gentle with jewelry and wear my ring to bed every night, FWIW.
I also have a pair of green amethyst stud earrings which I wear at least 1-2x per week. They have held up beautifully as well, with no scratches or chips. I’ve owned those earrings for about a year now.
Post # 6
I have an opal engagement ring. I wear it everywhere to do pretty much anything. I’ve worn it camping, hiking, etc. I am anything but careful with it. I’ve never had a problem with the stones being damaged. i think my setting has done a lot to protect it since they’re channel set in a band.
Post # 7
I don’t know, it seems like it would be an issue for me. But I am super hard on things, so it could be just fine for you.
If you like green amethyst, can I recomend Montana sapphires? Mined in America and they come in the most beautiful soft colors. They are a 9 in hardness. Mine is a light green and often gets mistaken for a green amethyst. And ethical as a bonus!
Also, have you checked out gemvara? You can do a lot of gorgeous green amethyst rings there too.
Post # 8
FutureDrAtkins: That sounds great, I will be sure to look into that!!
bleusteel: Super helpful, thanks so much. I would probably also wear my ring to bed, so that helps. And I think aquamarine is a 7, so it’s about the same as the green amethyst. Thanks!
ddhb2007: That sounds so unique! And I’m sure the setting helps a lot, I am dead set on a claddagh ring, but one with prong settings, so I’m a little concerned.
Thanks for all your help, ladies! I’m not sure if I’m more torn now or not, lol. I wonder if I should just go with it and if anything happens, well…. upgrade?
Post # 9
hollandaisey: That is so beautiful!! I will look into Montana sapphires, but right now the ring I have my heart set on is on Gemvara — good call! There is a link to it here:
Not sure if that works, but the peridot is my boyfriend’s birthstone. I love the way the green amethyst looks in a claddagh too. It has been somewhat difficult finding places that will customize claddagh rings.
Post # 10
This is what the ring I am looking at looks like:
Post # 11
sahanarajana: I had an aquamarine birthstone ring that I wore all the time for several years. I did chip the original stone – no idea when or how but I noticed one day it had a significant chunk missing. The jewellery store replaced it (private store where my family/grandfather did A LOT of business over the years). I’d make sure that whatever you get is protected and not too exposed to damage ie: bezel set, halo of something harder etc.
Post # 12
MsGinkgo: Thank you. I am thinking the setting in the ring I love is much too exposed for something that is only a 7, but needed more opinions. I might be going with white sapphire instead.
I wish Gemvara would sell the setting and stone separately — has anybody ever replaced their Gemvara stones with other stones after buying?
Post # 13
sahanarajana: My husband and I bought my set from Gemvara. For me, they were very friendly, I often spoke with Aisha, she really helped in the picking and what would work best with my hand. I ended up picking the ara ring and band and I love it. I picked iolite as my stone which is a 7-7.5 on the mohs scale. I do hope this holds up through time as I love the the ring it’s very simple but that’s what I love about it best. For reference, I have a size 3 finger and picked the ara 6mm.
Shows the different scales of hardness.
Post # 14
mrs.joiner: Thank you, your ring is so gorgeous! That is the website I’ve been using to check hardness. Can I ask you what the one-year warranty on your ring covers?
Post # 15
Most people think a 7 isn’t that far from a 10 on MOH’s scale of hardness. Personally I would be afraid of wearing something that I might damage, given the odds. Even sapphires are still a fair stretch behind a diamond, but I would definitely consider them (9).