In 2020, around 61 percent of couples surveyed by The Knot said that they delayed their original engagement date due to the pandemic. Now that we are heading back to normal, we are experiencing a wedding boom with many couples getting engaged and setting a date!
With more proposals, there are more engagement rings, and the search for a unique engagement ring has become more difficult. For future brides who want their ring to stand out from all the rest, our engagement rings Nebraska jewelry experts recommend an alternative gemstone!
Mohs scale of hardness
Mohs hardness scale was created for identifying mineral specimens by comparing one object's resistance to scratching against ten reference minerals. Friedrich Mohs created the scale in 1812 and it is a very reliable diagnostic tool in identifying mineral specimens. A diamond is a 10 on the scale because it is one of the hardest substances on Earth.
This is part of the reason why it is such a common gem seen in engagement rings. With its ability to be scratched or damaged nearly impossible, it is perfect for a piece of jewelry that is meant to be worn every day for the rest of someone’s life. So when picking an alternative gemstone, you want to pick one that still ranks relatively high on the Mohs scale.
Sapphire engagement rings
Sapphires rank a nine on the Mohs scale, making them a great choice for engagement rings. Sapphire is a great choice for someone who wants to go in a unique direction for their ring, but not totally out of the box. Princess Diana famously rocked a sapphire engagement ring that is now worn by Kate Middleton!
Sapphires can give you a pop of color that will stand the test of time. The great thing about sapphires too is that they come in colors other than blue too! So if blue is not your favorite option, there are more to choose from.
Ruby engagement rings
Our engagement rings Nebraska jewelry experts point out that rubies and sapphires come from the same mineral corundum, so a ruby engagement ring would also rank a nine on Mohs scale. Rubies are red and commonly regarded as the symbol of eternal love! Their red hues represent a passion and love that strengthens a relationship. They look beautiful on their own in a solitaire setting or surrounded by a halo of diamonds.
Morganite engagement rings
Morganite engagement rings are beautiful and one-of-a-kind! Especially for someone who wants their ring to sparkle, light can reflect off morganite in a glimmering kind of way. Morganite ranks between a 7.5 and an eight on the Mohs scale of hardness, giving it everyday jewelry status. This stone set in a rose gold setting is the epitome of romance and femininity. The soft pink and peach hues give off a natural elegance.
Our engagement rings Nebraska jewelry experts would love to help you pick out the perfect, unique engagement ring! We have a collection of beautiful choices that can be customized with an alternative gemstone. We can also help you to design your very own piece, contact us today!