Bees with center stones lower than 8 on Mohs Scale — how does it hold up?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
Member
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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 # 4
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6880 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • 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
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2657 posts
Sugar bee

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
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541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

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
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279 posts
Helper bee

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 # 11
Hostess
9910 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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 # 13
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3547 posts
Sugar bee

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.

http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/gem-hardness-info.php

Shows the different scales of hardness.

Post # 15
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1517 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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).

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