Post # 1
Hi bees! Mr. Masala and I are going to some jewelers this weekend so I can try on rings and get an idea of what my e-ring will be like. I definitely want a green gemstone, but I wanted to ask if any of you have any advice as far as what kind.
Emeralds: It’s my birthstone, but I don’t want one. I want something nice and shiny and blingy, and emeralds like that are just too expensive.
Green tourmaline: This is a top contender right now. I’m wondering how durable it is since its hardness is only a 7-7.5 (diamonds are a 10).
Tsavorite garnet: I like these a lot, but their hardness is similar to tourmaline.
Any other suggestions? Thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
Chrysoberyl is the 3rd hardest natural gemstone, right after diamond and sapphire. No, I had never heard of it either, but was in the same boat with you—wanting green, but something durable. At an 8.5, chrysoberyl is pretty darned good for everyday wear. Color varies from yellowy-green to lime-green.
You will find that cat’s eye is also chrysoberyl, and is probably better known—that’s not what I’m talking about. You’ll also find lots of ‘cheap’ gems on-line. Go to a real gemologist; good quality chrysoberyl can be hard to find (it’s just not used that much, hence you won’t find it in a mall store) and can run up to $500 or more/carat (not the $50 5 carat deals you’ll find on-line).
Post # 4
I’ve always loved emeralds, but soon realized that they are too soft for my lifestyle!
So I went with a sapphire- mine is from Montana, it looks green in some light, and I had the option of choosing a greener colored stone. I ended up going with a bluer color though.
The sapphire itself really wasn’t too expensive, the bulk of the cost ended up being the setting and ring.
Post # 5
I have a garnet ring that I wear every day, and it looks the same as it did when I got it over a year ago, and it’s also an estate piece, so it was previously worn. Garnet’s toughness is good, the hardness is fine for everyday wear. I wouldn’t worry about it.
My personal vote would be for tourmaline since its color is closest to that delicious blue-green of Colombian emeralds. 🙂 Have you looked at the different green gems in person? There are huuuuuge differences in the shades and personalities.
Post # 6
If you’re going for hardness, I would go with either green sapphire or green moissanite. Moissanite is a 9.5 on teh Mohs scale and has a gorgeous sparkle factor. I have a clear moissanite and couldn’t be happier with it. Here’s a pic I found of a radiant cut green Moissanite. You can order it through moissaniteco.com and they can put a green moissanite in any of their settings.
Post # 7
Green sapphires are really really pretty! Close to diamond in hardness, and are just very pretty.
Green amethyst another option. Good luck! Have fun!
Post # 8
You guys are awesome, thanks.
@LittleAudrey I looove that minty green color of the green Moissanite.
@Minutiae: I’m so glad you said that about the durability. Because…we bought a ring! And it’s Tsavorite garnet. I decided that the tourmaline was a little bit too yellow-green for me. Now all I have to do is wait for him to propose. Ack!
We had it custom made, but it will look pretty much like this:
Post # 9
That is sooooo beautiful! I recently heard about tsvaorites! This is gorgeous and kind of makes me wish I would have gone with my original desire for a green ering 🙂 The color is perfect. Congrats!
Post # 10
Ha ha, sorry you have to wait to wear it. The same thing happened to me and I was on pins and needles for weeks 🙂
Post # 11
I LOVE that you went with the trillion cut!!!!!!!! Very unique, and very special! Three is the magic number…