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When shopping for an engagement ring, the first thing people tend to look at is diamonds. However, there are plenty of Alternative Engagement Ring Stones to consider to add a little flair to your gem choice. Therefore, if you’re looking for a more non-traditional route, make sure to check out these astonishing gemstone options.
Gemstones You Should Consider
An incredibly stylish and timeless gemstone alternative for your engagement ring is the ruby. As one of four precious gemstones (along with diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires), this fiery gem offers a luxurious and creamy red tone and symbolizes protection and power. Plus, since it only measures a nine on the Mohs scale, this allows rubies to survive even the most active hands. Due to this, it is one of the more expensive gemstone choices.
The more traditional coloring for sapphires is a dark blue tone, but they also come in a variety of other options like green, peach, white, yellow, and pink. This gorgeous alternative is the third hardest mineral on the Mohs scale (also measuring a 9). If the gem is correctly fashioned, white sapphires can look as good as a diamond while also offering a bigger stone for your money.
Although not quite as hard as other options (measuring in at 7 on the Mohs scale), Amethysts can make a remarkable ring. With color ranging from dark purple to lavender, amethysts pair wonderfully with silver, white gold, or rose gold.
Aquamarines measure a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale. Due to this, it can chip and show surface scratches if not cared for correctly. However, while this semi-precious gemstone is an exceedingly popular choice due to its unusual light aqua hue, it is very costly. That is because, unlike other gems, aquamarines are usually all natural and not synthetic.
This particular gemstone comes in a wide range of colors, but, in most cases, purchasers buy it in a deep reddish-pink color. Garnets are often paired with pearls but will look great with many different colored stones. Although not as hard as its counterpart the ruby (garnets measure between a 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs scale), it is a far less expensive and gorgeous option.
Gemstones You Shouldn’t Consider
Many individuals are attracted to the thought of using pearls in their engagement ring. However, pearls are very susceptible to coming loose and falling out because, unlike other gems, jewelers typically use glue to put pearls into place. Another downside to pearls is their ability to become damaged, as one small imperfection to the outer layer can make the entire coating disconnect.
While emeralds have a brilliant green coloring and are resistant to scratching (measuring a 7.5 to 8), jewelers tend to advise not to use them for engagement rings. This is due to the various cavities and inclusions in emeralds making them very susceptible to chipping and cracking. In fact, many jewelers are unwilling to place expensive emeralds into an engagement ring without a customer signing a waiver accepting the risks.
While exquisite (and often considered magical), opals have a superstition of being bad luck and are a poor choice for engagement rings. This is due to how soft the gemstone is. Opals measure between 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale. Therefore, while surface scratches to an opal can easily be hidden or overlooked because of the opaque nature of the gem, these stones tend to chip.
Are you planning to get engaged soon? Are you looking for alternative engagement ring stones? If so, contact Olivia Ewing today by calling 1-800-386-0103.