Guide to Choosing Gemstones

Posted by Caro Mendoza in

What stone is ideal for my engagement ring? Will it hold up to daily use? How will I know how much I have to invest to obtain a good stone for my jewelry?
In the world of gemstones there are endless options of all colors, sizes and budgets that you can choose from. For this reason, we took on the task of choosing a selection of stones that, due to their properties and meaning, can be ideal for both an engagement ring and a jewel for daily use.
In the following image, you can see the different stone options arranged by colors and their proportion in prices:

Of course, in addition to the color or type of stone, there are other aspects to consider, and all of them significantly influence the Price. The main elements that you must take into account for a good choice are:

1. RESISTANCE TO DAILY USE

Does your partner want to wear his ring every day, or is he one of those who only wants to wear it on special occasions? Do you work a lot with your hands, or do you have a desk job? How careful is it? Keep in mind that the longer you use the ring and the more you use your hands, the stone should be more resistant.

In this table we leave out stones that, although extremely beautiful and magical like opal, are not as resistant to daily use.

We recommend choosing stones with a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. This scale names stones by hardness from 1 to 10, 1 being the softest (natural talc) and 10 being the hardest; the diamond. From the 7th the stones are already resistant for daily use: quartz and its varieties, spinels, morganites, aquamarines, sapphires, diamonds of all colors.

Here are some examples:

Stone Hardness on the Mohs Scale Stone Hardness on the Mohs Scale
Diamond 10 Esmeralda 7.5 - 8
Sapphire 9 Aquamarine 7.5 - 8
Ruby 9 Morganite 7.5 - 8
Alexandrite 8.5 Tourmaline 7 - 7.5
Spinel 8 Maroon 7 - 7.5
Topaz 8 Quartz 7

It is important that you know that hardness on the Mohs scale refers to how easy or difficult it is to scratch a stone, so even though the diamond is almost impossible to scratch, it is possible to break (in fact, a sapphire of good quality can become more resistant to shocks).

2 SIZE

It is important to consider that there are beautiful stones of affordable cost that can look impressive, since their low cost per carat will allow you to buy something bigger; and there are more expensive stones (such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds) that will need to be smaller if you want to stay on a budget.

Ring Inanna with 9.5mm rose quartz

An average size for an engagement ring stone can be around 4mm. After 5mm, most of the main gemstones increase their price exponentially.

We may be tempted to choose a ring with a huge stone, but here it is important to ask yourself: are your hands small? Would you like something more discreet to use frequently? Or would you love to turn heads with a stunning ring?

3. CUT

The cut is the shape of your stone. The most common cuts are: round, oval, pear, cushion, princess, baguette, trillion, emerald, and marquise.

It must be considered that the cut of the stone will cause the value to increase or decrease according to its complexity. For example, a round cut (also known as a shiny) is more traditional and common than a princess cut. If we are talking about a stone such as a sapphire or emerald, it is likely that you will get a larger round cut at a better price than you will find in a square cut.

If you would like a different cut than the traditional one, but want to stick to a budget, do not hesitate to consult with our experts.

4. ITS MEANING

Actually, this is perhaps the most important aspect… what do you mean by this stone? What does your partner like to wear daily? What emotions is it going to represent?

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The world of stones is full of myths and legends, in addition to the personal meaning that each one of us puts on it. From simply choosing it because it is your partner's favorite color, to because it has some special symbolism. The possibilities to represent your story are endless!

If you want to give you some ideas of the symbolism of various stones, we invite you to visit the following blog entries:

We know that when we think of a ring, especially an engagement one, we usually imagine the immaculate transparent diamond. However, every day it is more common for girls (and boys) to prefer colored gems that reflect their personality, their tastes or the emotional value behind them.

If you would like your piece of jewelry to have a stone loaded with meaning, do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you find the ideal gemstone for you!

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