Aquamarines vs Blue Moissanite?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I haven’t seen moissy in an aquamarine color myself. But aquamarine is double refractive  like moissy, less brilliant, and 7.5 mohs hardness if that helps. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee

I think it is really luck and lifestyle. I do not use my hands that much so I am fine with softer stones. It also depends on if you are okay knowing you might have to switch the stone at some point. If you are fine with that I would vote aquamarine just because it has such a lovely glow. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

If you take a look at morganite threads, that will give you a better idea of the upkeep required, as aquamarine and morganite are both beryl. I would think blue moissy would be a better option for a longterm stone. Maybe an aqua RHR?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I haven’t seen a moissy in that pale sea green color. But here is my blue green moissy. 

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

Plenty of people get emeralds as an engagement stone, and have no problems. Emerald is a beryl like aquamarine. I’d much rather have a natural stone than a lab created one in my engagement ring, but many people feel differently, perhaps you’re one of them? 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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moonbee :  I have had aquamarine rings that got cloudy and lackluster over time. However I have an aquamarine necklace that was handed down from my grandmother to my aunt to me and it’s still absolutely perfect. Luck I guess?

Post # 12
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Newbee

I have an emerald engagement ring and my cousin has a morganite (both beryl like aquamarine), and while the upkeep is different than a diamond, so far so good on both our ends.  I have a pair of natural aquamarine earrings that I’ve worn daily for months on end, and they have not lost their pale blue color.  FH and I are planning on designing my wedding band with aquamarines as well (his birthstone). 

I did a lot of research on beryl stones for an engagement ring before ultimately sticking to my choice of an emerald.  There’s a lot of mixed reviews on having anything softer than a ruby or sapphire, but ultimately it’s your decision once you factor in your lifestyle. I semi-baby my ring. But my cousin who has a morganite doesn’t and hers looks brand new when she cleans it. If an aquamarine makes you happy, go for it. 

I will also say I have a lab created aquamarine necklace, and you can’t really tell the difference between it and my earrings unless you know what you’re looking for. The lab created stones still need to be taken care of like natural ones though, but the price and clarity of them are better. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

I think it can be dependent on the jewellery peice itself, lifestyle, and somewhat luck. I have an aquamarine peice or two I have had a long time and they still look gorgeous. But I tend to be lighter on my hands and I slightly baby my jewellery. 

If you plan to be super active with a ring  on though might not be an awesome idea. A pendant is a relatively safe spot for softer stones because it’s less likely to be bashed around by accident. Rings on hands take more abuse.

However if you don’t mind maybe needing to replace the aqua down the road if something does happen I think you should go for it. But if it would upset you a whole lot to have to replace it more often then maybe go for the moissanite.

Though if you think about it. People chip and break even their diamonds so diamonds and harder stones than aquamarine are not immune to problems.

So to me it all boils down to this. How much do I love this stone? If I love it I’m using it. Even if it means maybe I will need to replace it sooner rather than later and I get it knowing that πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

So, I love aquamarines, but I knew they just weren’t right for me for everyday wear. Have you looked at sapphires? We did an ice blue sapphire and it actually photographs a lot like an aquamarine. It changes color depending on the light and I absolutely love it!

Post # 15
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Newbee

I also loved the color of the aquamarine, but felt far too clumsy to actually wear one. I opted for a Montana sapphire, which looks very similar but is much stronger.

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