Will I regret this aquamarine ring from Helzberg?

posted 4 weeks ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

It is very pretty, but I fear it will get cloudy really quickly! From my experience, aquamarines must be cleaned constantly to look decent also.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

That is a very beautiful ring!!! I don’t have an aquamarine myself, but I know there are people who do have them as engagement rings as well as morganites which I beleive rank the same hardness on the MOHS, I think if you take care of it, clean it all the time, and kind of baby it you should be alright, plus if you got some kind of jewelry plan or warranty it should cover any fixes needed.

The sales person was probably just trying to guide you to something that is harder on the MOHS scale and less likely to have issues due to strenth.

You might consider checking Etsy out as well, you might be able to find something similiar in a lower price point 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

It is very pretty, but it will most likely dull very quickly due to how soft aquas are. They really aren’t for everyday wear. 

Post # 6
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Newbee

So I don’t know anything about getting an aquamarine as a daily-wear ring, but have you considered etsy or a private jeweler to source you a sapphire or moissanite that is the seafoam color you are looking for?  I’m not sure if you just didn’t like the options in those stones at Helzberg, or if you just don’t like those stones at all.  Sapphire and moissanite come in so many colors that I would think you would be able to find the color you are looking for if you searched.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

If you’re gentle on jewelry and don’t work with your hands, it may be okay. Either way, it will need constant cleaning since aquamarines tend to smudge and look cloudy. 

Long term, you may find yourself needing to replace the stone if it starts losing its luster. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I’m coming up 2 years on my Morganite, and I have friends and family members with beryl rings (emerald, aqua, or morganite). They aren’t as tough as sapphire or diamond, but if you are not hard on your hands and take your rings off during strenuous activity, you should be fine. As for cleaning, it depends on quality of stone and if you can clean under the stone. Aquamarines can become cloudy in halo settings quickly. I feel like this setting would be fine. How much is it? I’m just not sure if Helzberg is overpriced or not, and that would be my main concern.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

Have you looked at Montana sapphires? They are similar in shade but much stronger.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@oceanstarship:  It’s a gorgeous ring, but I would only use aquamarine rings for special occasion pieces due to their softness. And I’m not hard on my hands, but I also wouldn’t want to baby a ring or risk my engagement center stone being damaged.

Both aquamarine and morganite are 7.5-8 on the MOHS scale. Topaz is on the higher end of that at 8 on MOHS scale. There are multiple posters on the Bee who have written that their rings around that hardness are fragile, including one post that is on the front page today. At the same time, there are Bees that arw happy with their rings with stones of that hardness. It depends on whether the risk of having a fragile center stone is one you are willing to take.

If you ask me, I would steer you toward sapphires, which are a 9 on MOHS and should be durable for everyday wear. You should be able to find a sapphire close to that color, though it may be hard. You can look into Montana Sapphires, which can be green or blue or greenish blue (though usually darker than aquamarine from what I’ve seen). I know Stag & Finch has both naturally created sapphires and then also lab-created sapphires in several color varieties–such as arctic blue, periwinkle, mint green, and caribbean green. (I also know that S&F have been able to create color variations other than their usual listed ones on occasion, so I would definitely ask them.) I would also look on Etsy for more unusually colored sapphires.

Btw the reason that all these MOHS numbers sound so close, but actually aren’t is because the MOHS scale isn’t linear

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

How much will you be wearing your e-ring?  I do a manual job, so I only wear my ring at evenings & weekends when I’m not doing anything very strenuous.  If you want to wear it all the time, especially if you have a manual job, it will wear much faster.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

You should be able to find that shade in a sapphire. I’ve heard good things about Stag & Finch, but also just look around for one. We went with a local, family jewler and it took a couple of tries, but I was able to find the exact shade of ice blue I was looking for in a sapphire. They are just easier to take care of than aquamarines. I also love aquamarines and the one pictured is so pretty! I am sure if you look around you can find the same color in a sapphire! 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

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@oceanstarship:  it seems like you really love it. I have a morganite ring (so same beryl family). You just have to gently clean it with a soft baby tooth brush about once a week with Dawn dish soap and warm water. Make sure to clean the bottom of the stone too. Also make sure you rinse the ring extra a few seconds longer when you wash your hands so all the soap reside will rinse off. The setting seems open so you can reach the bottom of the stone so I think it would be just fine! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

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@greeneyedbee:  also want to add that aquamarines shouldn’t be that costly to replace if you ever did need to. My morganite is holding up just fine though and I’ve had it since 2017. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I’ll second the Montana sapphires idea. You can find the same sort of colour and sapphires are the second strongest on the hardiness scale, so perfect for daily wear.

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