Post # 1
I’m interested in getting an emerald engagement ring for my girlfriend. I’m particularly interested in an emerald cut stone in a setting with filigree or extra work on the band, nothing that looks like I just picked it up from a department store on my way home one night. I have currently been looking at http://emeraldsandjewelry.com/, particularly:
would be perfect if it were in my budget, but I have to work within $3k.
If you have suggestions for another jeweler that has emerald rings of this sort, or have worked with emeraldsandjewelery, I would be extremely interested in what you have to say!
Just a single request: please do not tell me I should ‘really look at diamonds’ or ‘my jeweler said emerald is a soft stone’, etc. I have heard all of this before. If, however, you have PERSONAL EXPERIENCE with emeralds being durable or not, please do tell, I would be very interested in what you have to say.
Thanks in advance, looking forward to your recommendations!!
Post # 3
My SO and I are planning on getting my ring from Gemvara. I love that all their jewelry is customizable. We don’t have any experience with the company yet, but if you do a search you can find Bees who have ordered from there.
Post # 4
I never post here but saw your message and thought I’d throw in my two cents.
I have an emerald engagement ring (white gold with emerald cut and a halo of diamonds). It was actually my mother’s (the stone and setting were picked out by my father who has since passed away). When it was time for me to get engaged, my mother kindly offered her ring. Needless to say it has huge sentimental value for me.
The ring is over 40 years old now.
I can’t help you with your purchasing question. My father bought the emerald directly from a gem dealer (this was a bit of a hobby of his so he knew what he was buying). He also designed the setting (can’t find anything quite like it on the site you provided).
Emeralds are softer stones on the rating scale. Having said that, I can’t see any scratches on mine even though it’s over 40 years old. And I am clumsy with my hands and ding the ring more times per week than I’m willing to admit.
My emerald is a natural emerald (rather than man made). I have no idea if that makes a difference or not.
Post # 5
I don’t have experience with owning emeralds, but I know someone who has an aquamarine ring, which is chemically the same as emerald, just a different color (both are color variations of beryl). The stone belonged to her grandma, and while it’s very pretty, it’s really scuffed up, and the facets have been worn away in areas. The stone doesn’t sparkle, and the surface is similar to beach glass. Emeralds are great choices for other jewelery that won’t face the wear and tear (such as earrings and pendants), but a ring will get bumped, scraped, and scuffed over time. For these reasons I wouldn’t recommend them for everyday rings. Another problem with emeralds is affordable natural untreated ones usually are very included, making them more susceptible to chips. A high quality untreated emerald wil be very expensive, more than a diamond. An affordable, good looking emerald will likely have been treated, which may or may not matter to you. If you want something colorful, I’d recommend sapphire, as it comes in pretty much every color of the rainbow and is durable enough for everyday wear.
If you do go ahead with emerald, I’d recommend you get her a low setting. High settings are easier to knock and scrape on things, and the stone’s more likely to get damaged in such a setting. High settings are rather fashionable right now, so it’s something to be aware of. If she really wants a tall setting, I would definitely get her a more durable stone like sapphire, moissanite, or diamond.
Post # 6
@scylla: Man made can make a difference, as man made emeralds generally will have fewer inclusions. A less included stone is more durable, since chips are more likely to occur on inclusions.
Post # 7
@bigT: Hello and welcome to the B…. Both my Fiance and I have Emerald Engagement rings they were custom made – I have a 3ct Natural emerald – marquise cut and yes as another poster said it was more than a diamond! However, I wear it ALL the time and do house work in it! and it most certinaly sparkles… I do think that the half bezel setting that it is in helps to give it that little bit more protection so you might think about that when you choose a ring.
We used a jeweler who is based in CA but he worked with us via skype and the phone and was amazing to work with.
I would consider the custom route if you have something specific in mind.
Post # 8
@Angkinah: The point of a protected setting’s a good one.
Post # 9
Thanks all for helpful information!
The comments about the getting a more protected setting and fewer inclusions is definitely in line with what I’ve read elsewhere. I appreciate the personal anecdotes about the aquamarine and those who have emeralds: some idea of how emerald (beryl) actually wears while in a ring over a lifetime is more meaningful than where it sits on the Mohs scale.
Angkinah, were your rings significantly more expensive because they were custom made? I had ruled custom work out as too expensive. On the same note does anyone have experience with buying a stone and mounting separately? Is this typically cheaper, more expensive, more prone to problems, or just another way to go?
Post # 10
I have an aquamarine ring that’s about 60 years old. The stone looked plenty beautiful to me, so clear and a stunning rich turquoise blue. My dad lost it when I moved across the country, I’ve torn my house apart looking for it, I hope it turns up one day. I asked a jeweler about getting a replacement but he said it’s hard to find stones with that depth of colour now. Bah.
Post # 11
I have an emerald engagement ring,that i love:-)(see pictures on my previous posts). I understand your gf wanting one. Emeralds(especially in a setting like the one in the picture you showed,where the emerald is pretty exposed),are NOT good for day-to-day wear. It WILL hit into things and get scratched or chipped.
I do not wear my ring daily(I have my grandmothers e-ring,I wear the emerald maybe once a week,then put it back in the box).
I dont regret my choice of an emerald,b/c i knew I would not be wearing my ring 24/7 b/c of my job.
If you’re going for the emerald, I suggest: get it in a more protective setting,make sure it is insured,And make sure your Gf is aware of the delicateness and the fact that she will have to take it off to do anything w her hands(unlike diamond rings,that can take MUCH more abuse). Good luck!
Post # 12
My sister-in-law has an emerald ring she inherited from her grandmother. The ring is probably at least 40 years old and the stone looked perfect when she got it. She used to wear it every day until she accidentally knocked it and a rather large chip came off the side of the stone. She doesn’t wear it any more now so that it doesn’t get any more damaged. Not sure about emeralds in general but based on her experience, the stone can chip fairly easily.
Post # 13
Maybe you could get the setting seperately, then have a jeweler order some emeralds for you to look at in that size?
Post # 14
@MabelleBliss: +1 look on eBay, or look for jewelry stores that sell settings or mountings alone, then buy a stone you like that will fit in it (or vice versa – stone first then setting)
It will allow you to find the perfect setting, usually at a greatly reduced cost compared to a “pre-made” ring, so then you can either save money or put more of your budget into the stone. It’s really easy and pretty cheap to get it set at a local jewelry store.
Post # 15
I’d recommend Brilliant Earth. This is where I got my engagement (now wedding) ring. We did not see the ring prior to purchase as this was all done remotely/online, but I am very happy with their customer service and the quality/beauty of my ring.
I did not get an emerald ring – I got the Flora ring in white gold – but I love emeralds and it’s my birth stone. I can only recommend the company.
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