Post # 1
I’ve been debating between a peridot and a moissy center stone for my engagement ring. Green is my favorite color, and SO has bought me peridot jewelry in the past, so it would be more meaningful to have a peridot center stone in my e-ring. However, it’s about a 6.5-7 on the Mohs hardness scale and I’m pretty clumsy, so I’m worried that it won’t hold up over time.
So, please help me out by answering a few questions about your soft gemstone engagement rings (or non-engagement rings that you wear every day):
- What is your stone?
- How does it rate on the Mohs scale?
- How long have you had it?
- How long did it last before getting scratched/damaged?
Thanks Bees! Pics welcome!
Post # 3
@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
@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 # 5
@GreenEyedMoon: I love it too! The place we’re getting my ring from doesn’t sell stones and settings separately. So either way, it will have a peridot in it first, but we’ll either keep the peridot or have a jeweler reset it with moissanite and make the peridot into a pendant or something.
Post # 6
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
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
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
Maybe you could have your peridot in a bezel setting to keep it a bit more protected?
Post # 11
@GelaMac: I was going to say that same thing.
Post # 12
have an amethyst, its a 7, been wearing daily for over 3 years. still looks the same as it did at the beginning. 🙂
Post # 13
@nicci218: That’s a good idea, and I love the look of bezels, but we already have a non-bezel setting picked out that I’ve fallen in love with!
@GelaMac: @psyche: They’re pretty, but for some reason I’m weirdly picky about my shade of green, lol. Peridots have that bright lime color that I just love!
Post # 14
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.
Post # 15
@Regina Phalange: Are you talking about Gemvaara?