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Five Reasons To Choose Aquamarine Engagement Rings

Aquamarine engagement rings are valued by the quality of the aquamarine gemstone and the gemstone’s cut and color; carat size has little to do with the price of the rings. The most highly valued aquamarine gemstones have a custom cut, a deep blue color and a perfect clarity grade. The lighter blue aquamarines, and aquamarines with light hints of green, are quite beautiful too – and often preferred for engagement and wedding rings – but they are not valued as highly as the deeper blue gemstones.

Best Aquamarine engagement ring

Aquamarine engagement rings are a perfect choice for couples looking for non-diamond, affordable or unique rings. Aquamarine offers much more than just eye-catching beauty, and it is one of the best gemstones to use for engagement wedding rings.

1. Aquamarine Is Durable

Aquamarine rates a 7.5 to 8.0 on the Moh’s Hardness Scale, and rings made with aquamarine require no special care. It is a highly durable gemstone which can hold up to daily wear – on par with topaz and morganite. Aquamarine is readily found in nature too without inner inclusions or outside blemishes; high clarity gemstones with no inclusions and blemishes have minimized risks for chipping or cracking when exposed to hard knocks or increased pressure. Because of its high clarity rating, aquamarine is even more durable than an emerald.

Durable oval aquamarine engagement rings

2. Aquamarine Rings Are Priced For Any Budget

Brilliant inexpensive engagement rings made with aquamarine gemstones are available for less than $500 dollars, and exquisite ring styles featuring aquamarines and diamonds are available for more than $5,000 dollars. There is a huge selection of aquamarine rings in a wide range of prices, and couples have an almost endless amount of styles to choose from regardless of their budget.

Cheap durable aquamarine engagement rings

3. Aquamarine Wedding Rings Are Unique

Gemstone engagement and wedding rings have become quite popular in recent years, and rings made with aquamarine offer a unique take on the more popular sapphire, emerald and ruby engagement rings. Plus, the subtle water blue of aquamarine combined with vivid flashes of light showcases a clean and classy look – one that is unique yet sophisticated at the same time.

Unique deep blue aquamarine engagement ring

4. Aquamarine Is Versatile

Aquamarine is a gemstone cutter’s dream – it cuts cleanly and has a low risk for breaking or cleaving. Because the gemstone may be cut into any shape, an aquamarine can be styled to fit any engagement ring design including emerald, brilliant round, baguette, Asscher, and princess shapes. Plus, gemstone cutters often use aquamarine to experiment with new types of cuts and designs.

Versatile Aquamarine Engagement Rings

Aquamarine is also frequently discovered in extremely large carat sizes, including high clarity gemstones which weigh hundreds of pounds. Due to the large sizes of aquamarine which are commonly found, aquamarine rings are available in a wide range of carat sizes from tiny intricately cut gemstones to large and vivid gumball bling sizes.

5. Aquamarine Engagement Rings Are Gorgeous

Last but not least, aquamarine wedding rings are absolutely stunning. Aquamarine has a refractive index (a measure of the gemstone’s ability to capture and reflect light) of 1.57 to 1.58. The refractive index of aquamarine is comparable to an emerald, and just under a ruby or sapphire. A custom cut aquamarine gemstone has a lustrous and radiant glow – perfect for engagement and wedding rings.

Gorgeous Aquamarine Engagement Rings

2011 Rings Trend – Tension Set Engagement Rings

In recent years, a new breed of engagement rings came to rise and gained more popularity as it quickly became an alternative to traditional type of engagement rings. These rings are crafted using a process known as tension setting and usually makes use of diamonds set in an opening in the ring itself. Although other kinds of precious stones can be used in this kind of setting, however the use of diamonds gained more popularity as opposed to other gemstones.

Nonetheless, it is notable that a good number of renowned jewelers agree into saying that the tension set engagement rings have their own share of bane and boons.

The Boons of Tension Set Rings

Due to the fact that tension set engagement rings are exquisitely designed and are strikingly beautiful, there should be no doubt that they can easily attract attention to themselves. They come in gold, titanium, platinum and white gold and in every possible style and designs imaginable. In addition, only tension setting can deliver that kind of contemporary modern look in which many conventional settings fail on. For a great number of people who had never seen a tension set engagement ring before, they often wonder and find it an enigma how on earth that the stone being used in it perfectly stays in its place without anything to hold it there. Thus, when you go to a social gathering people who see your ring can’t help themselves but talk about it and ask you questions about the ring.

Compared to other channel set stones wherein the stones can be easily lost as they easily get loose, tension set engagement rings became even more renowned for its ability to retain the set stones intact. Jewelry makers for this kind of setting often assert that the set stones won’t budge from their place thus will never be lost. This actually stirred controversy and debate among the big wigs of the jewel industry but truth remains this cannot be said of the traditional channel set rings.

The Bane of Tension Set Rings

Just like anything else in this world, nothing considered to be good can also be said to be perfect. Tension set engagement rings has its own share of banes, too. One of these would be resizing. It would be a great challenge for a jeweler if he is asked to resize this kind of ring. Reason being is that when resizing is done, he would need to change the overall shape of the ring, thus it will influence the thickness of the ring and this will have a dramatic effect on the amount of tension it will have  to hold and support the set stone. As the ring itself is intended to be used forever, this will be troubling for the owner whether he would opt to have the ring resized and consequently face greater risk of chance that the stones can get loose and be lost or not to resize it all. It is not a rocket science for anyone to understand that as we grow older and our bodies mature with age, so does our ring size. We may lose or gain weight as we become older, thus it should not come as a surprise that we could have a different ring size when we hit the age of 45 compared to when we were just 25 years old.

While there are strong claims on the side of the jewel makers themselves that this kind of stone setting is very dependable and reliable because the stone settings are not movable, there are a few of these jewelers as well who say that they have been approached before by some clients who own a tension set ring and have lost some of the diamonds. These stories leave no room to have a final verdict now with regard to whether or not a tension set ring could be considered way better than those of conventional ring settings.

One final thing that could be considered as a major drawback for a tension set ring, and this one mainly concerns jewelry makers themselves. Keith Farley is a renowned jeweler who actually posted on Inform website that a tension set ring owner will have no hard time at all in removing a diamond stone from a tension set ring. It is notable that these ring owners who have claimed to have lost a diamond stone or two from their tension set ring still have their rings under warranty, wherein in any instance that they lost a stone used in their tension set ring will be replaced by the makers in gratis.