(Closed) Aquamarine or Diamond?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 18
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I vote aquamarine! Diamonds are pretty but I love color (which is why I have a sapphire) and the setting you posted is GORGEOUS! 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee

chelseaadarlingg: 

As someone with a colored gemstone e-ring that I adore who just washed her ring in the washer, dried it in the dryer AND managed to smash the dryer’s door on the ring (it went into the canal) I can tell you it doesn’t matter how careful you are. Stuff does happen! I am happy to say my ring and the gemstone survived in one piece. I was on the verge of tears when I realized and it took me like a minute to check it because I was afraid that it was going to be ruined and cracked. 

I am super careful with mine. I had taken it off to help a friend lift a small table. Put it in my pockets and forgot. started doing laundry just as I got home… You know the rest 😖

I am a fan of colored gemstone rings. BUT not all colored gems do well and stand the test of time 🙁 .  Some gems are pretty hard but aqua is not one of them. If you are really sentimental about your ring and want it to last a lifetime, aqua is probably not the best option. 

That cuff/bracelet is to die for! Oh, and congrats on the upcoming proposal! 😍

 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I say aquamarine. I have several aqua stones in various pieces of jewelry including rings and have yet to scratch one. I’m not careful with them either haha. I have a diamond but it gets in my way so I bought an aqua to wear instead sometimes. its beautiful and I’ve hit it already. Oh this last aqua is heirloom so it’s already stood the test of time. Good luck in your decision.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I would get a diamond just because the aqua is too delicate for everyday wear and tear.

I don’t generally have a problem resetting heirloom stones but that cuff is so pretty I wouldn’t want to take it apart.  Do you have a cureo or display case you can put it in so it doesn’t just sit in a drawer or box?

Post # 23
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28 posts
Newbee

Could you reset the heirloom stones for something different to incorporate in the wedding day – earrings and a necklace maybe?

I would also go for a more durable stone.

Post # 24
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee

chelseaadarlingg:  mine is a spinel (Mahenge) . 

Also, bee, at the end of the day some of it it’s just luck. I’ve known and see plenty of diamonds crack. Much of it has to do with the cut. Princess cuts seem to be more prone to cracking in the corners. The problem with some colored gems is scratching. So far I have been pleasantly surprised mine is pretty much new. Two years wearing it which is not that much but it’s certainly not new

Post # 25
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Helper bee

Aqua is my birthstone,  and I’ve had a few rhr’s. I’ve noticed that its really hard to keep mine clean, mine are more on the lighter side than yours so you might not have the same issue, but  my aquamarines are little dirt magnets 🙁 Also, there is much less sparkle. I have a blue diamond engagement ring, and even with low clarity and carbon spots, it sparkles like crazy. If you’re looking for sparkle, my vote is diamond, moissanite or a high quality cz. The bracelet is beautiful,  but if its not your style, maybe consider having a necklace made? It can be your something  blue…

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

chelseaadarlingg:  I originally wanted to do an aqua for my main stone because it is my favorite stone, but when I took a 10 year old ring with an aqua to get cleaned, they explained that the gem was so soft that it was scratched and wouldn’t be as clear ever again. Knowing I’m not great at taking care jewelry and often wear it when it can get damaged, I opted to go with a diamond. My hats are off to the ladies who take exceptionally terrific care of their aquas and keep them gorgeous!

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with the majority here, aquamarine gets scratched so easily. I have an heirloom aquamarine that got scratched and I didn’t even realize. 

I say get a durable stone for every day wear, keep the heirloom stone protected and for special occasions 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

chelseaadarlingg:  I say aquamarine! I have never been a diamond girl, my ering is sapphire. I love the sentiment that the aquamarine will have more meaning to you because it did once belong to a loved one. That is so special. Just be aware that on the hardness scale and aquamarine is 7.5-8 so you may be more susceptable to scratches, but if you don’t act completely careless with your hands and bang them around on everything, you should be perfectly fine! As with any stone, just take proper care for what your jeweler suggests for the stone and metal types.

Post # 30
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

If money is no object I would go for diamond. Then, later on down the road I would buy a seperate non heirloom aqua ring that you can switch out with. I would never take apart the heirloom cuff.

I will say I had an aquamarine RHR and it was all scratched to hell whenever I wore it. Which then just made it look cloudy.

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