(Closed) Soft gemstone ring ladies: How have your rings held up?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
5093 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@Regina Phalange:  I can’t help because I only ever wear my diamond e-ring, but I LOOOOOVE peridot.  DH has bought me a lot of peridot necklaces and earrings.  I demand photos if a peridot e-ring is what you get!

Post # 4
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Regina Phalange:  My stone was a garnet. (It still is. It exists, but I’m afraid I’ve ruined it.)

It’s a 7-7.5 on Moh’s. I had it for a year or so before I stopped wearing it. It took about a month before its first deep scratch, a couple months before its first chip, and about 6 months before it began to look pretty beat up and sad. Needless to say, I’m getting a new ring with a harder stone.

I’m also quite clumsy, am a dancer/artist/sculpter/jeweler and I often wore my ring when I probably shouldn’t have. There are loads of bees with softer stones that are still lovely and intact.

Post # 6
418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have a peridot RHR that I wear almost daily, I’ve had it for four years and the only issue I see is that it gets a little dirty sometimes. It looks like there was some sort of protective coating on it and that is rubbing off, but you have to look REALLY closely to see that. It is as gorgeous today as it was when I got it 4 years ago.

Post # 7
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a rhodolite garnet e-ring. It’s between a 7 and a 7.5 on the Moh’s scale. I’m not super clumsy, but I have accidentally hit it on things. I’ve had it since last November- no scratches, no other marks. It does need frequent cleaning; I’m not sure if that’s the stone itself showing the dirt more or the setting having stuff get stuck in there.

I think the peridot is a great idea! E-rings are symbolic and should reflect our personalities IMO.

Post # 8
1926 posts
Buzzing bee

I have two aquamarine rings that I wear every day and thus far have had no issues whatsoever. Aquamarine is between a 7.5 and an 8, so it’s a bit harder than peridot, but I can’t see why you’d have any issues. I’m super clutsy and I bang the damn thing on EVERYTHING, so I’m either lucky or this thing is super resilient. I’ve had one for over two years and one for over a year. 

Post # 9
160 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Maybe you could have your peridot in a bezel setting to keep it a bit more protected?

Post # 10
4714 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

What about green moissy?

Post # 11
67 posts
Worker bee

@GelaMac:  I was going to say that same thing.


Post # 12
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

have an amethyst, its a 7, been wearing daily for over 3 years. still looks the same as it did at the beginning. 🙂

Post # 14
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My e-ring is diamond, but I have a lot of gemstone jewelry. One of my favorite rings my grandmother gave me is an emerald, and I wore it every day for years. It now is damaged, it has some scratches on the stone and you can see where the edges of the facets have worn down. I believe emerald is a 7.5-8 on the Moh’s hardness scale, so I would anticipate you would also get some damage to the stone with daily wear.

ETA: I have had this ring for almost 10 years, though I haven’t worn it regularly since I noticed the damage. I would say it took 2-3 years of continual wear before I noticed the damage. And to note, I do take my rings off for cleaning, hard labor, showering, etc, so this damage was just daily activity.

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