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- Wedding: October 2019 - City, State
@futuremrste: ummm…ok? How does any of that have anything to do with what I was originally asking in this post? I said I didn’t want a diamond for personal reasons. I never said anything about ethical reasons. So I’m not really sure what the point of your post was. It did nothing to answer what i originally asked for.
As an update….I am now engaged! He couldn’t wait once he had the ring. I will be posting ring pictures and a proposal story tomorrow! Thanks again for all your advice ladies!
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@stardustintheeyes: Congrats! I can’t wait to see the ring 😀
Post # 95
AHH, yay! Can’t wait to see it!
Post # 96
@stardustintheeyes: I think a colored gemstone is a great idea. Just one thing to think about. Some colored gemstones are not as durable (“hard”) as others and can chip or crack more easily. That doesn’t mean they can’t be rings, but bezel setting them will protect them a bit more.
For example, tanzanite is a bit more delicate as is emerald. Sapphires (all colors) and rubies are harder and more durable.
Here is a list of some gemstones in order of descending hardness….diamond being the hardest and most durable.
Here’s a website…http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/gem-hardness-info.php
Post # 97
Diamonds are hardest when it comes to scratch resistance, but not necessarily the most durable. They can be more prone to cracking and chipping than some softer stones. If you ever see some older diamonds, you can particularly see many chips etc in their girdles. The wrong hit at the right angle and craaaack!
Post # 98
@sonomagal: There’s a difference between hardness (resistance to scratching) and toughness (resistance to breaking/cracking). Hardness isn’t a great reflection of a stone’s durability.
Sapphires/rubies and a certain type of jade are actually super tough and better than diamonds at resisting everyday abuse. Especially if you’re the type who refuses to take your gemstone rings off.
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@rachiecakes: Oooh that’s fabulous!!!
Post # 100
- Wedding: October 2019 - City, State
@sonomagal: I actually went with a topaz. I did do research into the durability and asked plenty of questions at the jewelry store as wellt o make sure the stone I chose would be appropriate for an e ring and everyday wear. 🙂 thanks for your post though!
Post # 101
@stardustintheeyes: I can’t wait to see your new ring!
Topaz is great. I have a few right hand rings with yellow topaz, as well as some earrings and pendants with the same (yellows look good on me, ha!), and have had them for many many years and they still look great.
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@stardustintheeyes: Topaz is a very hard (tough) stone and does well as a ring. Love topaz!
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@Minutiae: I think we’re saying the same thing. Diamonds can break and crack. This kind of damage to a gemstone has more to do with the crystal structure of a gem combined with how it is cut and set.
And you are right – hardness has to do with a stone’s likelyhood to scratch. But VERY generally speaking, “harder” gemstones (like sapphires) need a bit more care when used for rings than rings made of “softer” gems (like tanzanite).
And to the original poster, I wasn’t commenting negatively on your choice at all. I wanted to use imperial topaz for my engagement ring but couldn’t find one I liked. Topaz is very hard and tough to scratch.
My post was for those wondering about how well other gemstones stand up to daily use as engagement rings (generally speaking). Any gemstone will crack and chip under the right circumstances. But a diamond, sapphire, ruby, topaz, … are very unlikely to scratch.
ALL the gemstones on the list make fine rings (in fact – they are all made as rings). But personally, if I were to wear a stone near the bottom of the list, I would try to be more careful with it. E.g. take it off when doimng yardwork, dishwashing, bla bla bla.
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Nope, I love mine soo much. 100% custome made and the Sapphire makes me grin like crazy whenever I look down at it. Its me and my Finace in a nut-shell. Different but fun.
Post # 106
My engagement ring is a green amethyst and I absolutely love it. I got the “Criss Cross Solitaire” from Gemvara. My fiance said their service was awesome and it shipped quickly (even though we live in Canada!)
I’ve gotten a lot of compliments, I think the muted colour of the stone is so classic and it goes with everything.