Post # 1
- Wedding: October 2020 - North Carolina
Asking for personal experience from those who daily wear stones that are less than 9 mohs (so no sapphire, rubies, moissy etc).
Do you baby your rings? What do you do/not do with it? What no-nos do you do? (Shower, sleep, wash dishes etc) Have you seen any damage or negative impact if so?
Also, feel free to show off your pretties and tell us about the stone and its mohs rating, how long you have had it, etc if you like 🙂
Post # 2
I actually just posted my rhr on another post. I wear a turquoise on my right hand almost every day. It’s a 5 or 6 on the Mohs scale, so it’s very similar to opal. It’s softer than moonstones and emerald, but harder than amber.
It’s set in sterling silver so obviously it’s not super hardy. But I don’t baby it and nothing has happened. I think before I got my engagement ring (sapphire) I thought rings would have a lot more wear and tear. I also take care of my things and never shower or sleep in my rings so that helps.
Here’s my rhr:
Post # 3
I have an amethyst, a 7 on the moh scale. I don’t think I baby my ring except I do take it off when I wash dishes, shower and cooking messier meals. I have had it since June 2018. I consider myself pretty clumsy and hard on jewerly, which was something I was worried about when we got the ring. So far, there’s no visible signs of wear on the stone. I have clean it with a bit of dawn and water when it got a bit dirty/cloudy and that did the trick. The picture is more recent (haven’t cleaned it in a while)
Post # 4
I’ve got a tanzanite engagement ring, which I think off the top of my head is a 6 or 7 I knocked the stone clean out of its setting when I hit it off a door frame at work while trying to unsuccessfully stop myself falling. At some fair force judging by the bruising to my right hand my engagement ring on my left took the full force of the impact. There was no visible damage to the stone and the jeweller didn’t mention anything about damage when I had it repaired.
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I have an amethyst wedding ring. I damaged a stone when weight lifting when I first got it 5 years ago. Stopped wearing it while working out (common sense, really). I take all my rings off for dishes, showers and while cooking. Other than that, no other issues in 5 years, and I definitely dont baby it.
What are you thinking about going with?
Post # 6
I have a white opal RHR that I wear almost daily 🙂 I take it off when I cook, do dishes, shower, exercise, or sleep (but then, I do that with my moissy too, so… haha). Other than that, I don’t really do anything special to “baby” the ring, though I am certainly conscious of how soft it is (6-ish on the Mohs scale)
Here is a pic, though honestly pictures don’t do it justice 🙂 It’s such a simple ring but I really love it (and I wear it in honor of my grandmother, whose name was Opal)
Post # 7
I have a morganite ER, moh 7.5-8, got it March last year. I don’t baby it, hit / scraped it a few times on things, no visible signs of wear or scratch. Give it a quick brush with hand wash & baby toothbrush and it looks nice and shiny. I do take it off for shower and sleep (so I tend to just take it off when I get home), and also the gym, more so because it’s big so I don’t want it getting in the way and the rose gold ring has scratches already, so I don’t particularly want it to get more scratched from weights and things.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2020 - North Carolina
I love amethysts! What metal is the setting?
my e-ring is aquamarine, although it hasn’t been given to me yet. I don’t plan to wear it to the gym with weights, but otherwise not sure how much I’m going to pay attention to taking it off constantly for other activities, so just curious about what I might expect 🙂
Post # 9
I have a RHR that has a zircon center stone. The ring originally had a sapphire center stone, but I switched it for the zircon a couple of years ago. I wear this ring daily, and I can’t say I baby it, although it is in a low and somewhat protected setting. I do most household chores in it, other than washing dishes and cooking. I don’t exercise in it, and I don’t sleep in any of my rings. So far, so good! I haven’t noticed any wear or tear on the stone so far. But I am curious to see how it holds up over the course of a few more years.
Post # 10
I am such a novice when it comes to jewelry talk.. sigh.. but I wear a moonstone as a stand in sometimes, but always on my right hand.. does that count? I do most everything with it… most everything.. my only issue is the prongs.. it snags sometimes.. I took it to a jeweler to see if I could get a different setting.. and she turned me away and said she was insulted by me bringing in a stone that should be on a necklace or earrings.. and she said if I had better knowledge of jewelry I would have known better then to bring a moonstone.. so.. I never went to a jeweler again.. when my rings need to be cleaned .serviced.. etc.. I ask the husband..
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard
I have an old mystic topaz ring I used to wear to everythiiiinngg. Really until just a bit before my wedding when I was having my graduation ring refurbished to act as a stand in wedding band and they told me how lucky I was my stones were all still intact because the channel was basically completely worn away. The diamonds were held in by the tiniest little channel. I would wear my stuff to work. Lift weights and do heavy lifting because my job was retail hardware. Cook clean sleep shower. Everything. It never came off. The only damage I see is a bit around the side where the stone is super jiggly in the setting from being worn through too much and got a scratch. If it didn’t get scratched from jiggling in the setting then it happened on the crystal ring holder when something else got stacked on top of it. I can’t really say specifically since I didn’t notice it til just now when I looked.
But the table of my topaz and even the bottom coating other than the scratch is in perfect condition. Now this could be chalked up to luck. I don’t know. Just my anecdote for you 🙂
Post # 12
The setting is white gold. That particular lighting seems to make it look more brassy.
Post # 13
I’m thinking about aquamarine, because I was eyeing sapphires in the aquamarine color range, so I’m glad you started this thread!
Can you, or anyone else, give any insight into the different type/amount of shine when it comes to aquamarine vs sapphire? Will an aquamarine need to be cleaned more often?
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard
I had an aquamarine engagement ring. I also have a bigger oval checkerboard pattern aqua ring from my grandmother which I probably wore a lot more. I don’t think it sparkles. Not like a diamond. It has it’s own kind of look that I loved. I feel like it has more flash but not really the rainbow kind. More of a beautiful shimmery white flash. Mine were pale aquas which I didn’t mind. I love love love pale blues. I feel like coloured stones are more about colour than sparkle like diamonds. Anyway I loved those rings to death. Probably going to reset them both eventually into necklaces so I can still wear them.
Post # 15
What a horrible jeweler / jewelry store experience! I don’t think the problem was with your ring or your beautiful moonstone at all. The problem was with that jeweler. It sounds like she was incredibly rude to you. Your moonstone ring is beautiful!!