Post # 1
My fiance picked out a beautiful emerald and diamond halo engagement ring for me. He put a lot of thought into it and it is beautiful. However I have been doing some research and it seems that many people/jewelers do not recommend emerald for e-rings because it is a much more fragile and brittle gem than say diamonds or sapphires. I want to keep the ring because I love it and because of the sentimental value in him picking it for me.
So, ladies out there with emerald e-rings, would you mind answering a couple of questions for me?
How often do you wear your ring? How long have you had it?Have you had trouble with damage due to every day wear? Have you had any trouble getting your ring insured due to the fact that emeralds are inherently fragile?
Post # 3
@ohbeehave: I’m curious too! SO BUMP!
And I flagged to request this post to be reposted to ‘rings’ so that you can get more advice.
Post # 4
My FI and I wanted to get an emerald ring, but after doing our reserach we decided against it because of the fragility. Instead he got me a green sapphire which I absolutely love. I actually prefer the shade of green of my sapphire to that of emeralds. My sapphire was pretty inexpensive, maybe it would be possible for you to replace your emerald with a sapphire that is harder wearing while preserving the original look of the ring.
Here’s my ring
Post # 5
@ohbeehave: Hi! Welcome to the bee 🙂
I do not have an emerald engagement ring (have the typical diamond), but I am a May baby so I do have a lot of other emerald jewellery, some of which are family heirlooms. Much of it is slightly chipped, unfortunately, even though I care for them.
Emeralds are really included so even though they are an 8 on the Mohs scale, they can break, scratch or chip very easily. You don’t even need a loupe to see the inclusions or imperfections, although you will really need to stare. Finding a flawless emerald is pretty rare, I think.
I think emeralds are beautiful and great for jewellery, even rings. But if you work with your hands a lot, or there is a chance you will bang or hit your ring on something, I don’t know if emerald is the right stone for you.
Post # 6
We purchased my emerald and diamond engagement ring in May 2011. I haven’t had any problems, but I have a desk job. If you’re in a job that has a lot of physical demands, then I’d be concerned. Although I’ve smacked my hand into doorways and bumped it against various pieces of furniture and my ring hasn’t been damaged. My ring wasn’t very expensive – we got it 40% off so we never bothered with trying to have it insured. It’s not super high profile and the diamonds around it probably help serve as a bit of a buffer.
Post # 7
I had two emerald promise rings! I wore one every day, and if they are fragile and you aren’t supposed to, no one told me. Emerald is my birth stone, so my first promise ring in high school (2005) was an emerald, and when we were still dating in college, me SO got me a big emerald promise ring- I guess he wanted to upgrade it? I wore the first one and then the larger one every day for years (until I dumped my highschool sweetheart several years into college). I never had a problem with either of them. I still wear them as right hand rings if it looks good with my outfit. I know the big one was lab created- I have no idea if that makes a difference for durability though.
ETA: I also have earrings and necklaces. I have large emerald earrings and I even proke the post once, but the stones are totally fine- I’ve never had a problem and I am pretty rough on things. My FI jokes that I keep him around to fix the things I break 🙂
Post # 8
I have a center diamond and two emerald .5 carat side stones. I love it, it is beautiful 🙂 I have other emerald jewelry that I’ve owned for years (decades) with no problems. I wear my engagement ring everyday (going on 10 months now), and I only remove it when I’m doing something particularly messy and for showers.
Like with any stone, the quality of it and it’s setting will determine how it wears over time. People who use harsh chemical treatment to clean it (or even sonic cleaning on lower quality stones) will expose the fissures/inclusions by washing away the filler and oiling. The exposed inclusion is often mistaken for a new chip or crack, but all it needs is a new oiling. I’ve never had to do this with any of my stones though.
If you emerald is well set and cut properly, you shouldn’t have any problems. Just clean with a soft toothbrush and keep it away from harsh chemicals.
Here are two pictures of my ring (I love showing it 🙂
The bottom picture shows that the emeralds (and center diamond) are set deep with little exposure.
Post # 9
Thanks for the replies! I love all of your rings.
I have a desk job and will certainly take the ring off to do dishes, sports, etc. The only thing I am worried about is that I’m kind of a clutz and that I might whack it into something one day, but I suppose this is a risk with any ring.The jeweler was trying to talk us into diamond or sapphire instead.
Here is a pic of mine (kind of dark and you can’t see the real color of the emerald but you get the idea). Sorry if this photo is huge.
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2014 - Carondelet House
Mine’s an emerald, and I adore it. Like you, I was concerned about damaging it (even though our jeweler said it would be fine for daily wear so long as you don’t wear it for rough activities). So, I had it reset into a bezel to protect it. I’ve worn it every single day for 16 months and had no problems, even with the multiple times I’ve knocked it against stuff.
I don’t wear it in the shower or when doing dishes (I heard you should keep the stone away from soap), and I take it off when we go hiking, etc…otherwise I haven’t done anything special.
Post # 11
@ohbeehave: Have you considered Tsavorite? It is a beautiful sparkly stone. It is harder than emerald so it will stand up to time. This is from the Antique Jewelry Mall and it is set in 18K yellow gold.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
@HelloCarly: Emerald has an 8 hardness, tsvorite has a 7-7.5. Tsvorite is softer than emerald. It is less included typically, but it has a different cleavage that I believe can chip as well.
Post # 13
@wabanzi: love your ring! it’s gorgeous!
@ohbeehave: I don’t own any emerald jewelry, but I do have an amethyst ring that I’ve worn every day for over 7 years. Amethyst is a 7 on the mohs scale, and my stone is still in perfect condition. However, it is much smaller than your emerald, so there isn’t as much surface area to bump into things (and I knock my hands against things all the time lol). I do want to say that your ring is amazing! absolutely stunning!
Post # 14
I have a sapphire ring, and I heard that emeralds are almost as hard, but brittle. My jewelry store recommended either sapphires or emeralds. They will give warrantees for either of them, but not for other gemstones. I think an emerald ring is awesome, and I’d keep the one he picked out
Post # 15
@ohbeehave: Funny enough I just was having a conversation with someone about emeralds this week, the person I was talking to studied Gemology and worked with jewlers. She said emeralds are not worth the money, they rate only 6 (it is not a 8) on the hardness scale (to put in perspective a diamond is a 10 and a sapphire/ruby is a 9). I asked her what if someone wanted a green gemstone and not a diamond, she said “I would get a green sapphire, it’s a better investment”…
Post # 16
@pineapplez17: Thank you, I love my ring so much.
@KingsDaughter: I think your friend needs a refresher on the MoH’s scale, but everyone has personal opinions on what they like.