There are a few factors to consider when choosing a colored gemstone for your engagement ring. You probably already have a favorite color in mind that you would love to have for your colored gemstone engagement ring. Here are some things you may want to consider before choosing a stone:
1. What color of gemstone would I like to have for a center gemstone?
2. What is my overall engagement ring budget?
3. Are you pretty rough on jewelry?
4. Are you very active and do you plan on wearing your ring for all activities?
5. Do you prefer white, yellow, or rose gold? Maybe you're thinking about a platinum setting? How will the stone I choose look with the setting I choose?
6. Would I be better off with a diamond center stone?
Not all gemstones are very practical for an engagement ring. Some are tougher than others and will last longer and wear better over time. I've attached a MOHS Hardness Scale for your reference.
Diamonds are a 10 on the hardness scale. They are traditionally the most commonly used stone for engagement rings. They are the hardest and naturally will hold up the best over time. Mined diamonds can be very expensive so you may want to consider a Lab Grown Diamond. They are identical to mined diamonds, so much so that jewelers cannot tell the difference between the two and are much more affordable than mined diamonds. Another big plus is that Lab Grown Diamonds at Caleesi Designs Jewelers are considered much more Eco Friendly.
Next coming in at 9 on the MOHS scale are Sapphire and Ruby. Sapphire and Ruby are both fabulous choices and can be found in a wide variety of shapes and colors. They are more expensive than some other gemstones but are great choices for an engagement ring.
Coming in at 8 are Emerald, Aquamarine, and Topaz. These are again all gorgeous gemstones and are good choices if you're not very hard on your rings. Nice emeralds are quite expensive and will scratch or even chip under heavy wear and abuse.
At 7 we have Tourmaline, Amethyst, Garnet, and Citrine. I especially love tourmaline for its wide variation of shapes colors that it comes in.
Last but not least at 6 are Tanzanite, Peridot, and Pearl. These are all gorgeous gemstones, but you should be careful with them as they are very fragile and easily abraded. Ariana Grande has made the pearl and diamond engagement ring quite popular.
Colored gemstone engagement rings are becoming ever more in vogue and are a great alternative to the traditional diamond ring. There are many fabulous stones to choose from. Over time many of these stones can become scratched or abraded. No need to panic if this happens to your gemstone ring. Most times the damaged stone can be polished to like new condition.
If you are in the market for a diamond or a colored gemstone ring, feel free to contact Caleesi Designs Jewelers. We're here to help you answer any questions or concerns you may have.