Colored gemstone rings are steadily gaining popularity among brides-to-be because some couples want to break away from the traditional diamond engagement ring. When considering this alternative, there is a wide variety of colored gemstones to choose from, however, it’s most important to understand the durability of the gemstone. Jewelry professionals use the Mohs scale to classify the hardness of minerals. It runs from 1 to 10, 10 being the hardest material resistant to scratching and 1 being the lowest. Diamonds are the hardest minerals known to man and are ranked at a 10. Given that an engagement ring is worn every day, you want to try to find a gemstone that falls in the 7-9 range.


Originally discovered in 1910 in Madagascar by Tiffany & Co.’s chief gemologist George Kunz, the pink stone was named in honor after J.P. Morgan who was an avid gem collector. Morganite can range from pale pink to coral and is stunning when set in rose gold. On the Mohs scale, Morganite falls in the 7.5-8 range. So this is a durable gemstone for jewelry as long as it is treated with care to protect it against scratching and hard knocks. This gemstone is known as a crystal of divine love, and cleanses the mind of thoughts that do not support the giving and receiving of love.


Sapphire has an excellent toughness and no cleavage, which is a tendency to break when struck. On the Mohs scale, the sapphire is ranked at a 9. What’s even more appealing is that sapphires come in a wide variety of colors. The pure blue sapphires are the most highly prized given that they are one of the rarest blue colored natural gemstones. Sapphires first grew in popularity in the 13th century in 1215, after Pope Innocent III made a mandatory waiting period to marry. The belief was if an impure or unfaithful person wore the betrothal ring the stone’s color would fade. Sapphires are considered to represent loyalty, trust and truth, essential characteristics for a lifelong relationship.


Tourmaline has one of the widest color ranges of any gem species. In fact, many of these color varieties have inspired their own trade names such as the Rubellite, Paraiba and Watermelon. Tourmaline ranks 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale and is considered to be fair in toughness. A generally stable stone, it isn’t affected by exposure to chemicals but be cautious with high heat. The word “tourmaline” comes from the Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) words tura mali meaning “unknown gemstones of mixed colors”.


Be sure to stop by The Gem Collection and speak with one of our experienced and trusted sales professionals when considering an alternative engagement ring. With so much to choose from, our team is sure to find something that you will cherish forever.

Written by Aurora Freeland

A proud alumni of FSU’s Retail Entrepreneur Program, Aurora is a VIP here at The Gem Collection. As our Inventory Manager, Aurora oversees our vast array of jewelry.  She has her finger on the heartbeat of customer trends and fashion.