Gemstone Engagement Ring for an Active Lifestyle

by Andrea

Hello, thanks for the informative site!I am still confused however about the sort of ring that I should choose.


I am a chef by trade and run a busy catering business and so have very busy hands that are always mixing food and in the sink.I am also nearly 6 ft tall and have big features (hands and feet) think nordic!

I seem to like vintage pieces(art deco)or one offs-nothing run of the mill, and seem to be drawn in by the Tanzanite or Aquamarine stone (maybe 4-5 carat centre) with diamonds around the side.I am just wondering how these stones will go with a busy lifestyle.Someone said tanzanite can chip easily.Or am I better with a thick band with pave-I was just worried about food getting stuck in it.I am probably also looking at spending anywhere between

$5-8000 US

thanks in advance for your help....

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by: Anonymous

When considering a ring that you'd like to wear on a daily basis, you are smart to consider your lifestyle. Since you use your hands all day, the ring must be able to withstand a lot of wear and tear. The tanzanite has a 6.5 on the Mohs scale while the aquamarine is considered significantly stronger with a 7.5 on the Mohs scale (a diamond is a 10- the highest the scale goes up to). So if choosing between the stones, I'd go with the aquamarine. I'd avoid the vintage pieces as those are not
made to withstand daily wear and tear. Instead go for a current piece that has an antique look. For this reason, you may want to also avoid the pave and go with a solid platinum band with a large stone and two smaller sidestones

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