(Closed) Bees with gemstones instead of diamonds, please chime in!

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 31
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311 posts
Helper bee

I have a lab created emerald with inclusions in a four prong setting. I take it off to cleaning cook. It’s still in perfect shape. 

Post # 33
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3185 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

takemetothebeach:  my mom has had a topaz ring since before I was born. It’s been going great. She takes it off for cleaning, cooking and when she is the shower. she cleans it every week. I got my love of gemstones from her. This is my ring. I take care of it the same way she has. So hopefully it will last.

Post # 35
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Sapphire is an excellent choice, not only because it is hard, but also because it is tough. Toughness often gets ovelooked when looking for gemstones suitable for everyday wear, but it is just as important as hardness. Hardness has everything to do with scratching. It refers to it’s ability to scratch, and be scratched by other materials. Toughness has everything to do with it’s ability to be struck without cleving or breaking. Scratches can sometimes be remedied, but chips often destroy gemstones. Examples of some gemstones with poor toughness: diamond and tanzanite. Because they have perfect, or close to perfect cleavage, when impacted, they have a tendency to cleave. The difference is like comparing glass to wood. Glass can scratch wood, but if you throw them both on the floor, glass is far more likely to break, or shatter than wood, despite being harder. I myself have an alexandrite, 8.5 on the MOHs scale. It is still pretty hard, and unlikely to be scratched by anything I would regularly come into contact with. However, it can take a beating, unlike your typical diamond (no disrespect, dimonds are lovely too.)

There are also “cheats” to keep in mind, if you have a hard, but not tough stone, you can select an impact resistant setting. Along the same train of thought, if you have a tough stone, but it can be easily scratcherd, select a setring that will protect it from bumping into things.

If you habe any questions when considering these factors when selecting a gemstone, checkout the GIA website—which not only are renound for their expertise—but pay attention to toughness, hardness, and overall suitability for dailu wear. Good luck, and welcome to the colorful side!

Bonus picture of my ring:

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

takemetothebeach:  it’s blue topaz. I think it’s 8.52 mm .  The band is sterling silver. This is my stand in ring. Below is my actual ring. Its way to big for me and can’t get resized due to the fact that the band is difficult to resize sad faced. The stone is also topaz. The side stones are white sapphire. So I wear it as a pendant.

 

Post # 37
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186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

caligirl0011:  7.5-8. Green emeralds less sturdy then other beryls like morganite, and aquamarine. 

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