I see rings containing ruby and sapphire with highly abraded facet
junctions on a regular basis. Their hardness is 9. Then again, I
also see diamonds with nicks, chips, bruises and breaks at least once
a week. In the end, diamond will be the most durable gemstone for a
ring, but still may need recutting after a while.
Chances are that after a decade or two, any gemstone worn in a ring
will take some damage, whether it's a diamond or something else. The
question is whether the customer realizes that no gemstone, even
diamond, is impervious to damage. People change, marriages grow, so
recutting or replacing an engagement or wedding ring stone
(especially with a larger one - something we do very often these
days) should be seriously considered.
Yes, I know De Beers' catchphrase about diamonds being forever is
the romantic hook for selling diamonds as wedding and engagement
jewelry is firmly set in customers' minds, and they don't want to
consider the possibility of ever replacing their first diamond.
However, I am seeing it done quite often, and it's nearly always the
woman's idea. That considered, an aquamarine or any other gem can
represent anything a customer wants, as long as it is right for THEM,
not De Beers or anyone else.
James S. Duncan, G.G.
James in SoFL