The Best & Worst Gemstones For Engagement Rings

Gemstone engagement rings are all the rage at the moment and it's not just diamonds which are proving to be popular. Who could forget Kate Middleton's gorgeous heirloom sapphire engagement ring? Unfortunately, however, there's some gemstones which simply aren't suitable for engagement rings yet others which are perfect! The reason behind the suitability is generally to do with the hardness of the stone (measured from 1 to 10 on the Mohs Scale), with diamonds ranking 10, being more durable than any other stone. As such, here's our guide to the best and worst gemstones for engagement rings:

The Best

1. Ruby

Mohs Scale: 9

Ruby makes the perfect choice for the stone in your engagement ring given it's high rating on the Mohs scale and the fact that it will look it's very best for years to come. These beautiful stones are available in deep pink and red tones and is a gemstone which produces positive energies and enthusiasm.

2. Sapphire

Mohs Scale: 9

Before diamonds became the choice of stone for engagement rings, it was sapphires which were most popular and, as such, still to this day they make the perfect choice for those considering a gemstone engagement ring, due both to the incredible scratch resistance of the stone as well as it's stunning navy colour.

3. Aquamarine

Mohs Scale: 7.5 - 8

When the proper care isn't taken to look after an aquamarine ring, it will show scratches over time, however it's still a popular stone for inclusion in an engagement ring due to it's unique light aqua colouring. All in all, aquamarine is a fantastic choice for those wanting something a little different and who don't want to go down the diamond route.

The Worst

1. Emerald

Mohs Scale: 7.5 - 8

Despite being fairly scratch resistant, emerald generally isn't recommended for use on an engagement ring due to the inclusions and cavities within the stone which make it susceptible to cracking and chipping - the last thing you want to see happen! In fact, some high end jewellers are so reluctant to use emerald that they'll request that customers sign a waiver!

2. Opal

Mohs Scale: 5.5 - 6.5

Whilst one of the most beautiful gemstones available, Opal generally isn't suitable for use on an engagement ring and has long been regarded by some as even bringing bad luck, with much of this being due to how soft the stone is, with chipping making this a poor choice.

3. Pearl

Mohs Scale: 2.5 - 4.5

As one of the softest gemstones available, pearl is another no-go when it comes to considerations for your engagement ring. Even one small imperfection in the outside layer of the pearl can cause the entire coating to become detached - definitely not the right choice!

All in all, whilst many go straight for the choice of diamonds, you do have other options for your engagement ring, however it's important to understand the Mohs scale and know which stones would and wouldn't work before making your decision on your stone of choice!