Diamond Engagement Semi

Diamond Engagement Semi
Which semi-precious stones will hold up well in engagement rings?

I don’t want a traditional diamond engagement ring – instead, I would like an antique semi-precious ring, such as one with an emerald. I like opals too, but I know they are soft and damage easily so I am staying away from them. That got me thinking, though: are there other semi-precious stones that are not good choices for a ring that will be worn a lot? I don’t want to choose a stone that will break or damage easily (yes, I know diamonds are the best choice, but I definetely don’t want one). Thanks!

Emeralds, rubies and sapphires are technically the same stone, but in different colors. They are very durable. Also, sapphires come in a variety of colors (I’m wearing a pink sapphire ring today). Garnets also hold up well to daily wear, and come in a long range of color tones from almost golden through orange through deep red. Very nice.

You are correct that opals are fragile. So are pearls and turquoise. Any decent jeweler should be able to advise you on which stones are durable and which are prone to chipping and cracking.

One other thing: consider getting the stone set into an engagement ring setting. Other settings are not made for daily wear, and eventually the band will wear down and break. The prongs are also likely to be stronger in an engagement setting than a regular one. If you’re going to use an antique ring, have the shank checked out by a good jeweler: it may need to be replaced. My ring is an antique, but it was designed as a wedding band, and the shank and prongs are plenty sturdy, but we did have them checked before I wore the ring.

Diamond Engagement Semi
Diamond Engagement Semi
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