Post # 1
I always thought I’d be a diamond e-ring girl until I fell in love with morganite on my last trip to the jeweler’s. However, the jeweler was hesitant to suggest it for an engagement ring, because he said it would wear like sandstone. Now I’m not sure what to think! If you have a morganite e-ring, has this kind of wear-and-tear been true in your experience, or is our jeweler just trying to sell me on a diamond?
OT: First post! Hi, I’m Amanda 🙂 I work in editorial marketing. I’m one-half of a binational lesbian couple, and engaged to a lovely English girl. Our wedding date is TBD (depends on when the paperwork comes through from USCIS – oh, the suspense!). Nice to meet you all!
Thanks so much for any advice you can offer!
Post # 2
I don’t own a morganite, but I’ve seen some people with them as e-rings. It is a very pretty stone, but since it is softer and not as hard (compared to a diamond) you are more likely to get scratches on the surface — esp if you’re the type who wants to wear it 24/7. But on the other hand, if you are someone who is very careful with their hands and will only wear your ering when you are out of the house, then I think the stone will retain it’s luster and you can keep the integrity of the stone intact for much longer.
I have a coworker who has a morganite RHR and since she wears it everywhere, it has definitely dulled some and not as sparkly as when she first got the ring.
Post # 3
Nope, I had a morganite right hand ring that I wore daily for about 6 months, and it is very chipped. It’s not noticeable at an arm’s length, but you can definitely see the chips up close. I’m not rough with my hands or anything, but yeah it’s not an everyday wear stone at all.
Post # 4
They’re pretty soft, I’d recommend looking into pink or peachy sapphires.
Post # 5
ladybennett: I’m assuming your jeweler is talking about the Mohs scale, in which case sandstone would be at about 6.5-7 and morganite would be 7.5-8. However the Mohs scale is neither linear or logarithmic (i.e. a hardness of 8 is only half as hard as 9, but a hardness of 10 is almost four times as hard as 10). In addition, hardness does not directly translate into durability; a highly included diamond will still have a hardness of 10, but will be much more likely to chip/fracture. Wearing a morganite would be much more similar to an emerald or an aquamarine.
Post # 6
They are pretty soft and chip, not a good everyday ring at all. They make good rings for nice occassions though and the color is wonderful.
Post # 7
I have heard they are not the best for everyday wear…..Champange peach sapphires are harder and still give you that gorgeous color! I’d love one for a RHR….YUM!
Post # 8
msformaldehyde: Thanks so much for the suggestion! I’ll definitely look into it – I really like the idea of an ering with a bit of color.
Day_In_The_Life: They are pretty, aren’t they? But I really don’t want to worry about my engagement ring chipping from ordinary wear. I’ll have to keep it in mind the next time I’m shopping for a RHR…sometime far in the future when the wedding planning is over (and paid for!)!
housebee: Thanks so much for the info – I’ll keep that in mind the next time I head to the jeweler, especially as I’m still interested in diamond alternatives. As it happens, I wore an aquamarine ring almost daily back in high school, and I dug it out of my jewelry box to see how it looks now – definitely cloudy, nowhere near as sparkly as I remember it.
MrsTywinLannister: Thanks so much for the suggestion! I’ll definitely ask about it. I mentioned pink sapphire while I was there, but it didn’t occur to me to ask about lighter, peachy colors!
GoldfishPie: I’m really sorry to hear that, it’s always disappointing when you love a piece and it doesn’t wear as well as you’d hoped. Thanks very much for the info – knowing that definitely makes my decision about it easier.
Shina: Yes, the plan would definitely be to wear it 24/7. I don’t think I’m especially hard on my jewelry in that I try not to shower/wash dishes with my rings on, but of course sometimes I don’t bother taking them off beforehand. I wouldn’t want to worry all the time about inadvertently chipping it or dulling the color. Thanks so much for your reply!