Post # 17
I have the same dilemma. Sapphire is harder and will last better but my jeweller assure us that they can set the morganite in a way that will protect. We are still waiting for her to find some interesting stones.
I would speak to a local independent jeweller and see what they can do.
Post # 18
oh PLEASE. peach sapphire ALL THE WAYYY. however the cost will be quite hefty…
I really really really want the second gem, maybe someday! have you looked into pink spinels? that was recommended on another forum as a sparkly pink, durable stone.
or what about even pink moissanite, if you’re not adverse to lab-grown gems? you can view a video here: CLICK (I bought one of the stones in this video sooo yeah, I love pink moissy! just the right color, close to morganite yet sparklier, SUPER durable–moreso than sapphire–and totally affordable!)
good luck! I’m loving the color you’re aiming for. your e-ring will be gorgeous!
Post # 19
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
I like both stones but for a lifetime I’d go sapphire. I am partial to sapphire though because I have one and I’m purchasing another as we speak.
Post # 20
I voted morganite not only because I love it, but because it’s a good investment.
The main mine has been shut down & it’s becoming increasingly scarce which will eventually drive prices up.
Not very romantic, I know, but I thought I’d put that out there.
Post # 21
just FYI, I’ve been wearing a seduction topaz every day for 6 years, and when I look at the stone the top cuts have gotten a bit nicked and rounded off. It didn’t really hold up too well so as far as a forever ring of that hardness, I’d be careful. 🙁
also, I voted peach sapphire! 🙂
Post # 22
Peach/pink sapphire. They’re harder and more durable than morganite, have better refractive properties, i.e, stone reflects light better and is shinier when set, the colour is usually more saturated compared to morganite’s rather washed-out tones, IMO and also morganite is prone to ‘fading’ which means exposure to sunlight over time ‘bleaches’ the colour.
Also a sapphire centre stone may hold up better over time and you can pass on as an heirloom someday.
Post # 23
I really wanted a black opal, but every jeweler highly advised me against it and won’t even sell me a warrantee for the stone because they say they can pretty much guarantee they will crack. I ended up with a yellow sapphire and I absolutely adore it. I’d definitely recommend one- I love the peach and even fancy sapphire colors are cheaper than diamonds, but if it is out of your price range the white sapphire would be pretty too. Morganite might just cost more money over time because chances are you are going to have to replace the stone
Post # 24
it all depends on the quality of the stone. Natural sapphires with no heat treatment are pretty expensive and 1+ carat ones are sometimes more expensive than diamonds. Natural colored sapphires in blue tones, pink, padparashka and yellow are way more rare than diamonds (Except fancy colored diamonds). I want a sapphire e ring with a stone that has had no heat treatment and boy they are pricey! :-/
Post # 25
Yeah, there are a lot of factors in sapphire prices. I’m tempted to say that it’s even more complicated than diamond pricing, since most consumers know less. Diamonds have a consistent grading system for cut, clarity, and color, but most jewelers won’t even tell you that a sapphire (or other gem) is heat treated because it’s the industry standard.
I second the recommendation of peachy spinel if sapphires are still out of OP’s price range.
Post # 26
Get whatever fits your budget and you love. I have a morganite solitaire and a morganite and sapphire ring. Love them both, wear them both. My marriage will be forever, if I have to replace a ring, so be it!
Post # 27
yes! In my case I’ve always wanted to be a gemmologist but it’s one of those things that I hope I’ll get to do someday. Lol. So I read a lot. A whole lot about it.
I’ve even considered lab grown sapphires. I mean, after heat treating a sapphire, there is not much left of its natural characteristics. Lab grown ones are super affordable. They are sapphires. Only “flaw” is they have no flaws.
Post # 28
I’ve always wanted to be a gemmologist but it’s one of those things that I hope I’ll get to do someday. Lol. So I read a lot. A whole lot about it.
I’ve even considered lab grown sapphires. I mean, after heat treating a sapphire, there is not much left of its natural characteristics in some cases.
Lab grown ones are super affordable. They are sapphires. Only “flaw” is they have no flaws. And they don’t come in many colors. Have you checked them out OP?
Post # 29
@TG123 Yep, triangle cut with a round halo with an asymmetric tail (?). Here’s another view 🙂
Post # 30
UPDATE: Hey bees! :] After some (a lot) more looking around, I have officially been told that I no longer get a say in the e-ring stone lol. Weighing the pros and cons of each was making me pretty stressed out, and my extremely laid back SO has informed me that she’ll be handling it from here and that I don’t get to know which she decides on until I get the ring! Ah!
I’m not worried about the actual look of it, because she knows what I like (and has access to my pinterest board for reference) and has extremely good taste (she picked and got me the seduction topaz up there). But I am worried she’ll go back to her original plan of spending a ton of money on this ring. Oh well, I am determined not to say anything else about it to her and to let her take care of it however she wants. Shut it up pact here I come!
Post # 31
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
Sapphires are tricky especially with pricing. There is the actual value and what you pay which can be drastically different. I highly reccomend untreated stones with good color. However you really have to know what you are buying and the best way is to go cutter direct to get the best prices. We got my stone for a rediculous price and it is the rarest color change available. Peaches get into the range of pads and pads are also rediculously rare especially of size and good clarity/good color they fetch high prices in the salmon tones. Sapphires are a stone you can get a rediculous deal on or get hosed on super easy and you need to really know what you’re buying to know which end of the spectrum you are landing on.