Curious about those trendy iridescent moonstone engagement rings? What about the cool southwestern vibe of turquoise in yellow gold? As a custom jewelry designer, lots of clients come to us wanting chic, unconventional center stones like moonstone, opal, pearl and turquoise. While we love these magical stones for their beauty and mystique, we hate to see anyone save up for an engagement ring that breaks within a year or even less. There’s a reason why these gemstones have taken a backseat to traditional gems for so many centuries. Before you buy that trendy ring, you need to know what you’re getting yourself into. Luckily, there’s an universally accepted scale that will help you make that decision.
The Mohs Scale of Hardness
The Mohs Scale of Hardness. Photo courtesy of GIA.
Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on the planet, which is why you see them on all Abby Sparks Jewelry stickers.
Why Does the Mohs Hardness Scale Matter?
Hard as a rock: The Bridget rough diamond center stone engagement ring with colorless diamond accents.
Mohs Scale of Hardness and Gemstones
Photo courtesy of Estate Diamond Jewelry.
Diamond and Gemstone Durability
The Julie is set with both a sapphire and diamonds.
A crazed opal. Photo courtesy of Opal Auctions.
Durable Diamond Alternatives for an Unconventional Look
This rough diamond has inclusions from thousands of years under the surface of the Earth.
Like you, we want your engagement ring to last forever and your investment in an engagement ring to be one that you feel informed and knowledgeable about. Before purchasing a trendy stone, educate yourself. You have to wonder, why don’t more people have moonstone, opal, pearl, or turquoise engagement rings? If a ring is not marketed as an engagement ring, it’s for a reason. The jeweler you’re purchasing a trend ring from doesn’t know you plan to use it as an engagement ring and would probably advise you not to if they did know! Don’t learn the hard way. There’s nothing more tragic than the most meaningful piece of jewelry breaking and having to scramble to replace it before the wedding. So trust us and make sure that you have evaluated all of the elements of that stone’s characteristics to determine if it is a good fit for you. In our custom design process we take the time to walk you through all of the options so that you aren’t purchasing jewelry blindly. If you have an idea of stone you’d like to use in your custom engagement ring, book an appointment with us today.