(Closed) Red Gemstone – Please Help!

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base

I just found this on ebay

Post # 4
2438 posts
Buzzing bee

If you are planning on wearing your ring while you workgarnet may not be the best choice for you, I believe they are an 8 on the Mohs scale.

Post # 5
2698 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Beedoglady:  Some rubies are heat treated and filled, this is a more cost effective way to buy a natural ruby, but you are sacrificing durability. I think the best choise for you would be a beautifully cut, quality lab grown ruby. 

Like this http://betterthandiamond.com/products/Avarra-H%26A-Round-lab-Ruby-%252d-Blood-Red.html

Or this



  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  mrsmay07.
Post # 7
904 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Hi!  The center stone on my engagement ring is a 6mm cushion-cut garnet, since red is my favorite color and garnet is my FI’s birthstone.  As for the specific type, I believe it is an almandine garnet.  It’s a beautiful red color with a hint of brownish-orange in some lights (honestly, “true red” stones are very hard to find).  I got my stone from Jared and I’m happy with the stone itself, but due to some workmanship issues with my ring I can’t recommend them 100%.  Ebay is an excellent source for cut gemstones.  You can also ask for help on Pricescope as they have a forum specifically for colored stones.  You may also be able to find a locally-owned shop that can help.

Post # 8
1316 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

Beedoglady:  I adore garnets (I love them DARK red, it’s all my inner goth girl drama in a stone) but I am not aware of them being particularly hardwearing. I would probably look for a dark lab grown ruby to save the pennies and the wear and tear.

Post # 9
354 posts
Helper bee

I think spinel would be wonderful, they are as hard as sapphires and the colors are spectacular so you can find the one that speaks to you. Lab rubies might also be a good choice. What size do you want, and whaat do you consider cost effective?

Post # 13
354 posts
Helper bee

Then maybe something like this would work? I’ve heard good things about this seller… Be careful to ask the jeweler if they will charge a setting fee for a stone ou don’t source through them though, it can be a few hundred dollars depending on where you go. Actually, a lot of famous gems that people thought were rubies have turned out to be spinels- maybe even the UK’s crown jewels, although I’d have to look that up.

Post # 15
1252 posts
Bumble bee

Beedoglady:  I have a garnet and 14k ring that was given to me 15 years ago. The garnet fell out once and I had it replaced, that was about 12 years ago. At the same time we had the claws rebuilt so it wouldn’t happen again. I was also 16 at the time and did not take care of it, or take it off during sports.

I hope the pics aren’t too big. I just snapped a couple here at work.  I don’t know if you can see…but the top of the garnet, where the cuts have been made, they’re a bit scuffed from wear. It is inexpensive to have the gem replaced in years to come if thats the route you take.

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