(Closed) Are gemstone rings suitable engagement rings?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Make sure you get white or yellow gold instead of sterling silver or a softer metal, but I think gemstone e-rings are great! I wanted a ruby one but got a diamond, lol! OH well I still love it <3 they’re usually cheaper, so that’s a plus.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it would depend on the gemstone, but most of them are hardy enough for you to wear daily with proper care. I know sapphires are pretty hard, at least. For something like a pearl, you’d want to be a bit more careful.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Yes, gemstones are a perfectly acceptable and practical option.  Obviously, it depends on the type of stone, and you can check into relative hardness of the types of stones you’re looking at.  However, I know stones like sapphire and ruby are actually comparable to diamond in their durability.  I have a sapphire set in yellow gold with small side diamonds, and I love it!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a sapphire e-ring, and so far, so good. I haven’t had any problems with it’s durability, and it looks really pretty!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Absolutely, gemstones are beautiful for engagement rings!  There are a few threads to peek at with bees who have colored stones too.  Research the hardness of gemstones as you learn what ones are most appealing to you.  Diamonds are the hardest, followed by sapphires.  (Sapphires come in many colors too…  blue, of course, but also clear and Red…  aka rubies:)  Harder stones will be less likely to scratch, which is a reasonable concern.  There are so many types of gemstones, natural and created to consider.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I have a sapphire, which are 9-9.5 on the mohs scale (diamond is 10).

I probably wouldn’t go for less than 8 mohs because then durability is more of an issue. But even diamonds can chip.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

They are not only perfect and acceptable but I think they are just plain gorgeous!!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have an amethyst which is a hardness of 7 on the mohs scale. So unless I am fighting people with diamonds or sapphires I have general been ok. 😉

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I love them, I was actually looking at rubies. They are great as engagement ring, I showed a few to Fiance but he decided to get a diamond though. I would have loved either but yeah, do some research about the hardness because they do scratch. However diamonds do chip too.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

People are right about checking out the mohs scale!  I’d avoid opals if you can; they are soft and can be damaged fairly easily.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Don’t forget about moissanite. They have gorgeous colored moissanite that’s AMAZING, and moissy is super durable. If I remember correctly, sapphire is almost as durable.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I have tourmalines, about 7-7.5 on the hardness scale. I’m fairly active and crafty, so my rings get knocked about on a regular basis, but they’ve held up beautifully so far!

I told Darling Husband very firmly that I didn’t want diamonds, and he was fine with it. Hopefully your Fiance will indulge your coloured gem love 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

They’re totally suitable, just depends on what kind of stone.  I have a sapphire and its second only to diamonds in terms of durability and strength.  I use my hands a lot and I’m banging into things all the time and she looks perfect as the day I got her!

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