Which gemstones can I use or not use in an engagement ring?
With a pop of color becoming the new trend and with people wanting to express their creativity, colored gemstones have increased in popularity for engagement rings! But are there certain gemstones that I shouldn't use?
Colored gemstones are a great way to add color to your wardrobe, however wearing certain ones every single day can have its disadvantages.
Think red, white, and blue:
Rubies, Diamonds, and Sapphires.
Think everything else:
Emeralds, opals, pearls, amethysts, aquamarines, garnets, tanzanite, tourmaline, topaz, blue zircon, etc.)
Some stones rate lower than others on the Mohs Hardness Scale. The Mohs Hardness scale categorizes different materials on a level of hardness by using a scratch resistance test. This is represented on a scale of 1 to 10; 1 being the softest, and 10 being the hardest.
What happens if I choose a stone other than Rubies, Sapphires, and Diamonds?
When a stone is too soft, it can scratch, chip, and crack easier. If your stone gets scratched, it loses its brilliancy and would need to be repolished. Unfortunately a crack or a chip is a lot harder to fix, and only in some cases can be recut if the damage isn't too bad.
Can I still wear the softer gemstones in rings?
Yes! We just don't recommend wearing them everyday if you'd like them to last as long as possible.