Jade ring durability?
A friend of mine told me that he wants to get a jade ring for his
wedding band. This is a round circle of jade, not a stone mounted in
a metal mounting. I told him that I was concerned that a jade ring
would not be durable enough to wear every day for the long term, but
I am not certain. To complicate the matter, there are many jade
rings that may be flawed that only cost a few dollars. These cheep
jade rings may create a bad reputation for any high quality jade
rings that are made.
I told him that if he used Montana apple green nephrite, he would
have the strongest jade; in fact, he would have the strongest
gemstone. He would have a gemstone that is less prone to breaking
than diamonds or sapphires. I am still not certain that it would be
durable enough to use as a wedding band.
To complicate matters, he does not want the ring to be lined with
gold. He wants direct contact with the jade stone to his skin. He
asked if it were possible to put a gold band on the outside of the
jade. This leaves me with two questions.
Would a high quality jade (nephrite) ring be durable enough to
use as a wedding band?
How can a gold band be put around the outside of a jade ring?