Vintage aquamarine? (Or other non-diamond ideas)

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
Member
6866 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@Juju2014:  I know of a bee that has a beautiful aquamarine she chose based on the color of her DH’s eyes, so maybe she can chime in? I forgot her user name! Embarassed

Anywas, aquamarines are a softer stone, so if you are hard on your hands you might want to consider a light blue sapphire. Sapphires don’t only come in deep blue, but a range of different blues and are hard enough for every day wear. There are lots of people who sell loose sapphires online, Etsy is a good place to start. Check out the sapphires this seller has to offer! Dewingedpixie has a gorgeous purple sapphire that she got from kirkawa, I am sure they can source light blues 🙂 HTH!

Post # 7
Member
6866 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@Juju2014:  Great questions! It really depends on the jeweler you are going to work with – how much customization you can add to your ring (if you want to). If you like a setting exactly the way it is then usually you just list what metal you would like and your finger size, check out using paypal. There is a way to send messages to the sellers to ask questions, or leave a little note. Quality will vary widely depending on seller as well, so read the reviews and check them often because sometimes people can be bribed to change their experience from neg/neutral to positive (I’ve seen it happen on ebay, not sure about etsy). You’ll definitely want to watch out for quality in the setting if you plan to get a lot of pave. I actually ended up with a second e-ring because the first lost so many pave stones.

Post # 9
Member
1261 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

First off Congrats!!! Second, let’s set the record straight for the 100th time regarding gemstone hardness.  Aquamarine are not considered a “soft” gemstone…they are 7.5-8 on the mohs hardness scale. So while they are softer then a diamond or sapphire they are durable enough for daily wear….I don’t understand why it seems like people have to always bring up the “softness” of it.

Anywho…I love aquamarine and like others suggested Etsy is a great place to look for aqua rings…:)

Congrats again and good luck finding something you like!!

 

Post # 11
Member
6866 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

@Juju2014:  BTW, the moh’s scale isn’t linear. For example, cutting hardness goes from 175 at 8, to 1000 at 9, to 140000 at 10. Just something else to keep in mind. If you work with a jeweler, you can have them pick your stone. I had my ring custom made and got a video of my stone before it was set. 

Post # 12
Member
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Juju2014 I would also try rubylane. I have bought two stunning right hand rings from the site. One estate Swiss blue topaz and a antique white sapphire. They have vintage and antique aquamarine rings as well. I am on the hunt for one as well but since these are RHR’s I don’t have the budget for the ones I really love. I would highly suggest rubylane for vintage non diamond rings. 

 

Post # 15
Member
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Juju2014:  you might find some great deals. My blue topaz was under 100 and the sapphire was under 200. Congrats…good luck and happy hunting!

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors