If their breathtaking colours and meaningful symbolism, isn’t enough of a reason to opt for a beautiful gemstone engagement ring, it could be to follow in the foot steps of many famous people who also rock gemstone engagement rings. These include Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy, Victoria Beckham, Halle Berry, and Princess Eugenie.
Gemstone engagement rings are growing in popularity due to their unique style, large size, and lower cost. However, one should keep in mind that similar to diamonds gemstones have different levels of hardness, and not all gemstones are good engagement ring center stones.
We also have a wide range of coloured Moissanites in the market today. From blue to pink, the options are endless.
It’s crucial to know which gemstones are worth your money and which gemstones may break easily during normal wear. In order to know which gemstone is suitable for you and your lifestyle, you have to know the hardness of a stone, this is calculated through the Mohs Hardness Scale.
What is the Mohs Hardness Scale?
This Mohs hardness scale test compares the resistance of a mineral to being scratched by ten reference minerals known as the Mohs Hardness Scale (see the images below). The test is useful because most specimens of a given mineral are very close to the same hardness. This makes hardness a reliable diagnostic property for most minerals.
Friedrich Mohs, a German mineralogist, developed the scale in 1812. He selected ten minerals of distinctly different hardness that ranged from a very soft mineral (talc) to a very hard mineral (diamond).
Now that you have a better understanding of which stones are more resistant to damaging and scratching, you can decide which one to get based on which gemstone makes for a good center stone in your engagement ring.
What Gemstones Make Good Engagement Ring Center Stones?
Keep reading to find out which gemstones are most durable. Below we review some durable gemstone engagement ring options, in order of hardness:
Emerald Engagement Rings
The emerald is durable, at a 7.5/10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. An emerald stone can be light or dark and comes in many shades, including pure green, yellow-green, and blueish-Green.
If you decide on an emerald for your engagement ring, keep in mind that inclusions which reach the surface of the gem may increase its risk for chipping. Be sure to choose an emerald engagement ring setting that protects any inclusions which may put the ring at risk. Something else to keep in mind is that an emerald is a Type III gemstone, which means it often shows extensive eye-visible inclusions. In other words, don’t expect an Emerald to be flawless