Gems less than 9 in your er?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My center stone is a purple sapphire and not the strongest stone.  I don’t know what it is on the scale though.  I am protecting it via the setting but I did that so that it wouldn’t get caught in my clothes or hair or anything.

My center stone is pear shaped and there will be no claws . . oh I can’t remember what the setting is called now.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I wouldn’t automatically consider anything under a 9 on the Mohs scale to be weak. Generally, I’ve read that the dividing line between “too soft” and “hard enough” is 7, and I’d be most comfortable with an engagement ring with a Mohs scale rating of 8 or above (topaz is hard enough and structurally sound enough for an everyday ring).

As a 9 on the Mohs scale, sapphires and rubies are the second hardest naturally occuring gem, and they are actually less likely to chip than a diamond. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Angel123000:  I have a purple sapphire too…great choice! I’m pretty sure all sapphire are a 9, I don’t think the color would change that. So you’ll have a nice sturdy gem! I’ve only had mine for 4 months, but I never take it off and it’s in perfect condition.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@chica95110:  My e-ring is a sapphire, but I have a topaz ring that I wore every day for over 4 years, and it’s still in excellent condition. It’s a cushion cut thats about 7mmx7mm and in a basket setting.

I also have an amethyst that I’ve worn every day for 7 years, and it’s in perfect condition as well. It’s a much smaller stone though, so I don’t know if that helps.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2000

My first ER stone was a tanzanite (6.5-7). It was bezel set with diamonds. I upgraded the tanzanite for a diamond for my 10th anniversary. I had no damage to the tanzanite after 10 years.

 

 

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2000

Incidentally, I have a topaz ring that is almost 120 years old. It has a little wear at the facet edges, but that is it. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

The only stone I’ve managed to seriously damage was a diamond. I think you should choose the stone that you love the most, take care of it and enjoy it without being too worried about possible damage.

Setting a softer stone in a bezel will probably help protect it, and setting it low so it’s not getting hit too much is another good idea. Emeralds are an example of gemstones that are considered soft and brittle, if you shop around antique jewelers you’ll see tons of old emeralds. There is no guranteed life for any stone, anything can be damaged and softer gems may have long lives!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

All three stones in my ring are morganite, which is an 8 on the Mohs scale. I honestly haven’t worried about damaging it, or done anything special to protect it. It seems pretty durable to me, and it also came with a lifetime warranty which includes replacement of any of the stones if something happens to them. This is my ring.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have a Chrysoberyl. It’s 8.5. I have heard that below 7 would be too soft for an everyday ring. 

 

 

 

I originally wanted a light green and just couldn’t find a sapphire I liked.  I loved the color of Peridot but my jeweler suggested Chrysoberyl. When I saw my stone-I fell in love. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@chica95110:  I have london blue topaz, which is an 8 I believe. I did not get a “protective setting”, it’s all the way out there. Something I didn’t really think about beforehand. So far so good, but I’ve only had it for 5 months. I have knocked it pretty good a few times and nothing has happened. No scratches or chips so far, but only time will tell

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