Every woman dreams of having an engagement ring that’s not only unique and showstopping, but also an engagement ring that visually sums up her personal style and character.
With such hard feat in hand, it’s no wonder why a lot of brides to be are coveting the birthstone engagement ring trend – the perfect way to show off their unique style through their very own birthstone, and why not, there are 12 to choose from! However, not all are as hardwearing as you think, which is why we’re here to let you know just what stones are perfect for engagement ring settings.
Engagement rings and wedding bands are made to be worn everyday, which means the center stone needs to be above 7.5 on the Mohs scale, so there are important factors to consider,
January’s Garnet. As much as we love the statement berry hue of a Garnet in winter, having a Garnet set as a center stone in an engagement ring isn’t advised as sits at 6.5, meaning it is very fragile.
February’s Amethyst. Amethyst is such a magical gem, it’s believed that people who wear amethysts won’t suffer from hangovers. Although this exotic gem doesn’t have an interesting legend, it is well suited for jewellery.
March’s Aquamarine. With its sparkly light blue allure, Aquamarine is a beautiful gemstone that could easily be passed off as a blue diamond. It’s quite durable too!
April’s Dazzling Diamond. We all know that diamond is at the top of the list for engagement ring setting, so if you’re born in April, you’ve got nothing to worry about, this stone is the hardest and most durable of them all.
May’s Emerald. Emeralds are a relatively hard gemstone, however, because of there inclusions and cavities, it means Emeralds are more prone to cracks and chips. Stay away from using this gem for an engagement ring.
June’s Pearl. Despite their perfect round and solid shape, pearls are really not perfect for jewellery. They only have the hardness of 2.2 on the Mohs scale, showing this jewellery box classic should only be reserved for special occasions.
July’s Ruby. Ruby is one of few gemstones second to diamonds when it comes to durability. The red hue of this gemstone is great for any jewellery that will be worn daily.
August’s Peridot. The golden green hue of Peridot is one synonymous with summer, however, this gem isn’t advised for an engagement ring setting as it only sits at 7 Mohs.
September’s Sapphire. September’s birthstone, sapphire has to be the most versatile gemstone of them all. Coming in an array of colours, Sapphire is a durable hardwearing stone that sits at 9.0 on the Moh’s Scale – perfectly suited to an engagement ring.
October’s Opal. Opals have always been prized for their outstanding beauty but sadly they’re easily scratchable. No one wants a scratched and chipped engagement ring, so stay away.
November’s Topaz. Known for its cativating sparkle Topaz is hardwearing qualities as well as its colourful availablity. Topaz is also a great alternative to diamonds, and can compliment other stones with the same luster as diamonds, for less.
December’s Tanzanite. There are a number of birthstones for December, however, Tanzanite is the most glamorous. However, becasue Tanzanite is soft and delicate it wouldn’t be able to withstand daily wear whilst set in a ring. Perhaps consdider a pendant or earrings.
Now you know, what gems are great for engagement ring setting, which will you choose for a unique and personal twist?