(Closed) Amethyst suitable for engagement ring/every day wear?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

It’s about a 7 on the Mohs scale. I have a garnet (which is a 7.5) and have noticed some wear, especially softening/blunting of the facets, but it’s nothing anyone else would notice just by glancing at it. If you love it, go for it! 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Amethyst being basically a variety of quartz, I would not want it in a piece of jewellery I would plan to wear daily. The impure specimens (which are beautiful for its imperfections) have hardness even less than 7 – I wouldn’t go with a gem less hard than 8…

I would go with imperial topaz (if you don’t mind that most of them are artificialy treated) or violet/purple sapphire.

Hope This Helps

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Yes, look for a purple sapphire if you want dark purple. Spinel is also a good choice, but it usually is lighter in tone.

Amethyst is a soft stone and after a while you will definitely see wear to the facets and the stone will appear dull. OTOH amethyst is not too expensive, so depending on your setting, you could replace the stone when it becomes worn.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I had the original stone for about a year before it chipped (I was having the setting tightened, and the jeweler chipped it). The current stone has been in the ring for a little over two years. I have a tendency to bang my hand off hard surfaces, though–I’m clumsy! But it hasn’t affected the visual quality of the stone. Like I said, I’m the only one who really notices the wear, haha.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Amethyst is a gorgeous stone and I think it would be ok if it was adequately protected by metal, like in a bezel setting for instance, rather than a cathedral or an extremely rounded cabachon where you can smack the stone itself off of things and damage it. 

If you’re worried about hardness you may want to consider purple sapphire. They were very popular for e-rings at a shop I used to work at and they come in all shades of purple, just like blue ones come in all shades of blue. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have an amethyst e-ring:

I do worry about the stone and I do NOT wear it every day. It’s also around 70 years old, which is another concern. It is set in a rather protective setting (platinum bezel) but like I said, it’s still a concern that one whack could chip the top of the stone. I have a diamond ring that I alternate the amethyst with. I wanted an amethyst for a variety of reasons but I know it’s not the best stone for an everyday type ring. Another thing about amethyst is that exposure to bright light, over many years, may change the color a bit. I’ve never seen or heard of it actually happening to someone, though. If amethyst is what you really want, GO FOR IT.

Other purple stones to consider: purple sapphire and purple spinel. Those stones rank higher on the Moh’s scale.

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think as long as you take good care of it and dont wear it when doing hard work or with chemicals it should be ok!

Beautiful stone btw 😉

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Not sure about your budget, but on this site you can chose your own stones for the jewelry, it’s so fun!:

http://www.gemvara.com/Engagement-Rings/jewelry/b/?gem=Amethyst&met=14WG&sty=Engagement&cat=Ring

Here’s another site that has amethyst e-rings:

http://www.jewelsforme.com/amethyst-engagement-rings.asp

Of course, you could always source your own stone and have your e-ring custom done (you will probably need to go custom if you decide on a purple sapphire or spinel).

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I have an amethyst e-ring and I couldn’t have chosen one I would have loved more! The meaning of amethyst makes it ideal for an engagement ring as well, as it’s a stone that promotes peacefulness, happiness, and contentment. It also brings emotional stability and inner strength, and can enhance flexibility and cooperation – what more do you want from a ring that shows your commitment to someone!  Here’s a pic of mine

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Worn with caution, it should be fine. I have an heirloom amethyst ring that’s probably about 70 years old and it’s fine. I don’t wear it daily though, and I had it reset into a bezel to prevent chipping. If you’re the type of person who (like me!) tends to hit your ring on things, it’s probably better to wear it only part time, or maybe go for a purple sapphire or spinel. I’d recommend a sapphire.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

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