(Closed) Love this ring, never thought about this before.

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

OH emeralds are SO pretty! I’d totally rock an emerald Engagement Ring if it were easier to find quality emeralds out there. I’ve honestly never seen a beautiful emerald in a jewlery store but I know they are out there! I love emerald cuts with side baguettes. SO classy.

Post # 4
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I love emeralds, but heard they’re too low on the moh’s hardness scale to wear 24/7, which is a concern for an engagment ring.

Post # 6
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve had an emerald claddagh ring that I’ve been wearing since I was 16 (I’m 25 and a half now) and it still looks great, with no scratches!

Post # 8
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Emeralds are my favorite. It sounds like I’ll be getting one for an e-ring, and I am SO. FREAKING. EXCITED. Ahhhhh! 😀

I’ve done a ton of research to learn about why this stone is considered “delicate.” Which it isn’t, if you treat it properly.

First, its hardness is pretty darn good for gems. I have a garnet I wear every day, which is a 6.5 to 7 on Mohs, and I’ve never had any problems with scratching. Emeralds would be fine. An iron file couldn’t scratch them, so I figure that as long as I don’t get into any ring battles with diamond, sapphire, or ruby people, I should be fine. 😛

The toughness (how likely it is the stone will chip/fracture) is the real concern with emeralds, and that’s because of their inclusions. To compare: diamonds have a toughness from good to exceptional, whereas emeralds can rate as poor to good. Virtually all emeralds have inclusions because of the way they form; but, if you have a good or gem quality emerald with fewer inclusions, especially surface breaking inclusions, then the toughness will be better.

The inclusions in emeralds are called “jardin,” French for garden. Unlike diamonds, the sparkle stone, emeralds are all about color and clarity isn’t a deal breaker.

In order to offset the toughness of emeralds, it’s a good idea to have a setting that won’t invite damage. Namely, high settings or solitaire settings. They’re good candidates for double prongs or bezel settings, to keep them firmly in place with any corners covered. Halos and side stones would also protect the stone, and add bling. Win-win!

In order to keep an emerald ring nice, all you would need to do is follow basic protocol for jewelry. Just don’t wear it all the time! It’s a bad idea to wear gemstone rings constantly, because that can weaken the setting and invite damage. It’s best to avoid extreme temperature changes and hot or cold water, detergents, and the like because emeralds are rubbed with an oil to improve clarity. Exposing them to detergents can remove the oil. They can’t be cleaned with ultrasonic cleaners for the same reason.

Basically: get a good stone in a good setting, don’t treat it like crap, and you’ll be fine. There is no other stone out there that can compare to the vivid green and silkiness of an emerald! Mmm mmm mmm. Love it. 

ETA: This was an epically long post. Hope it helps!

Post # 9
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Like minutiae, I would LOVE to have an emerald e-ring. It’s actually my birthstone and I’ve thought about getting myself a lab created one (an actual emerald, but made in a lab) for a birthday.

I love the one you posted in the Harry Winston style setting. *swoon*

Post # 11
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you like green stones, check into chrysoberyl.  It’s a fairly unusual stone, but not expensive, and it’s the third hardest natural gemstone (diamond, sapphire, chyrsolberyl).  It’s an 8.5 on the mohs scale, and is also tough.  Great choice for everyday wear.  It is not, however, the same deep forest green as emeralds.  Instead, it ranges from yellowish-green to an almost peridot-like green.  I had been looking for green sapphire (hard to find, hard to find a ‘pretty’ green).  The runner up before  found chrysoberyl was tourmaline….I think it’s a 7.5 or there abouts on the Mohs scale—-which I was told was borderline for everyday wear….

Post # 12
5151 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

that is a gorgeous ring!!!


Post # 14
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Don’t even get me started on sapphires!

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