The Best And Worst Gemstones For Alternative Engagement Rings
Natural ruby is a timeless choice for an engagement ring because it is one of the three precious stones on the market that will look just as beautiful as the day you bought it for many years to come.
Sapphire has been one of the most popular stones for engagement rings for centuries, even before diamonds became the gem of choice. This is likely due to the stone’s incredible scratch resistance and beautiful navy and cornflower coloring.
Aquamarine will show scratches on its surface over time if proper care isn’t taken. It may even chip if you’re not careful. However, this stone is extremely popular because of its unique light aqua coloring. Some of the lighter varieties of aquamarine can be confused with diamonds. Aquamarine is not quite as hard as blue topaz, but unlike blue topaz, these gems are usually all natural and are much more expensive.
Even though pearl is one of the softest gems available, many people are still drawn to the idea of using a pearl or pearls in their engagement ring. One small imperfection in the nacre or outside layer of the pearl can cause the entire coating to detach and become damaged. Pearls are also often glued into place which makes them very susceptible to falling out and becoming lost.
Even though emeralds are pretty resistant to scratching, they are not recommended for engagement rings because all the inclusions and cavities within the gemstone make the stone extremely susceptible to cracking and chipping. Some jewelers are reluctant to set expensive emeralds without having the customer sign a waiver due to the risk involved.
Opal is one of the most beautiful and magical gemstones, though it has long been known by some to be bad luck. Part of this superstition has to do with how soft these stones are. Surface scratches can often be overlooked and hidden due to the opaque nature of the stone, but the tendency for chipping makes this stone a poor choice.
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