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Back to Basics

Sometimes the simplest questions are the hardest to answer. You may know the chemical composition of a diamond, but don’t know why it’s the best

gemstone for a wedding ring. You may know that white gold needs to be rhodium plated, but don’t know why it’s redundant to rhodium plate platinum.

Sometimes it’s good to just go back to the basics. So in the next 3 articles that’s exactly what we’re going to do. This week’s topic…Why emeralds, opals,

pearls and really anything other than a diamond make terrible wedding rings.

Now I’m not saying that that beautiful (insert colored stone here) and diamond ring that you received from your (insert special occasion here) isn’t worthy

enough to merit a place on your finger every once in a while, but chances are, that’s exactly the amount of time it’ll be worn…every once in a while.

Wedding rings are a different story. They are probably the most worn piece of jewelry that you own. This is a ring that you put on, and never take off “until

death do you part.” And sure, you have good intentions to take your ring off when you’re gardening or when you’re doing the dishes or slathering lotion all

over your hands and your beautiful diamonds – on a side note, this is a huge pet peeve of gemologists out there – but the reality is that ring is staying put

right there on your left ring finger.

Now, let’s suppose your ring that has permanently taken up residence on said finger was made out of any other stone but the hardest known substance

to man. What happens to really soft stones when they are constantly beat up 24/7/365? They are going to break, they are going to chip, they are going

to get scratched, and they are going to fall out! I’m fairly new to this business – even though I’m one of the 4th generation – but I have seen several

rings destroyed because they just can’t hold up to the daily wear.

So I guess the point that I’m trying to get across here is to not not buy beautiful gemstone rings, but to not buy beautiful gemstone rings

for your engagement ring. When it comes to the longest and most worn ring on your finger, go with a diamond.