(Closed) Wedding Band Help Please!

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 5
Member
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Your jeweler’s right.  Aquamarine is not a good choice for everyday where.  It is soft.  It’ll look nice for a while, but will wear over time.  My friend has an heirloom aquamarine ring, and it’s definitely scuffed up.  It’s still pretty, but the scratches have clouded it and damaged the faceting.

Sapphires are a great alternative, since they come in pretty much every color and are durable enough for everyday wear.  

If you like the color of aqua, lab created blue diamonds are a good option as well.  They’re about the same color, but more sparkly and durable.  Here’s a site that sells them:

http://d.neadiamonds.com/diamond-jewelry/Wedding-Rings-and-Bands

 

Post # 6
Member
3228 posts
Sugar bee

@SpartyOn:  Here is the gem hardness index. Aquamarine is 7.5-8 in hardness level vs diamond (10) and sapphire (9). I don’t think it would hold up as well but it all depends on how you wear it to. I’m very rough and clumsy with my hands so I would choose sapphire for myself. But I can’t speak for everyone.

http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/gem-hardness-info.php

Post # 8
Member
228 posts
Helper bee

I know you wanted the aquamarine itself and not just the color, but i think your jeweler is right. Remember the MOHs scale is comparative so there can be a big difference between close numbers. Aqua is beryl, so about a 7, which is the same as steel so lots of everyday objects could hurt it. You could also check out Montana sapphires for an aqua color plus blue sapphires represent fidelity.

Post # 9
Member
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Look at this band, it is the aquamarine version of my wedding band (mine is amethyst)

http://palmersjewelry.com/products/jewelry/gemstone-rings/fr1272-html.html

I know where you can get it $50 cheaper but they do not have a picture right now on their website. The aquamarine stones are small and protected, they do not “stick up” at all in the band. Anyway, mine has held up great and looks really awesome. I would recommend something like this is you still have your heart set on gemstones.

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