What stones other than a diamond are good for an engagement ring?

If you’re looking for an engagement ring but want something other than a diamond than you center stone, there are a lot of things you need to consider, least of all what kind of stone you want to purchase!

Some stones are too soft to work with, meaning that they will not withstand the daily wear and tear you will inevitably have on your engagement ring and before you purchase anything, you should do your homework and work with an expert to help you from throwing away your hard-earned money.

For many people the idea of using a diamond as the center stone for an engagement ring feels like the result of a very successful marketing campaign by DeBeers in the 1940s. And while this does have a grain of truth to it, the reality is that many stones are just simply not hard enough to withstand being worn day in and day out.

What is the Moh’s Hardness Scale?

A diamond is the hardest stone on the Moh’s Hardness Scale, and one of the hardest substances known to man. This is one reason why they are considered good for an engagement ring. They can withstand the daily dings and dents you will inevitably encounter as you wear your engagement ring. You can however, break a diamond. If you try and hit a diamond with a hammer, it will break! Take a look at this list of the Top Ten Things You Should NEVER Do to a Diamond.


Some Popular Alternative Center Stones for Engagement Rings from Concierge Diamonds in Los Angeles

Did you know that natural rubies are more likely to be an opaque, pinkish color than red?

How to Pick An Alternative Center Stone for Your Engagement Ring

A lot of brides pick alternative center stones for their engagement rings, and diamond expert and private jeweler Dan Moran of Concierge Diamonds was asked by Martha Stewart Weddings to give his expert advice to help brides navigate this tricky (and often costly!) investment.

You can click here to read Dan’s interview with Martha Stewart Weddings about alternative center stones for your engagement ring and click on the links below to read related content!


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