~ Thank you to Shane Co. for sponsoring this post. My opinions are my own! ~

As a man, you are likely never involved in the process of picking out jewelry. Many women are interested in and understand the different types of stones and settings, and know exactly what they want for their future engagement ring. But you may be completely at a loss for what to choose for your future spouse when you are ready to pop the question.

Should you go for the traditional diamond ring, or would she prefer something different? Would she like white gold, yellow gold or platinum?

Your future wife can answer all these questions, and finding a high quality ring is a matter of finding the right jeweler. But there are a few stones you should never use in an engagement ring. Make sure none of these stones find their way onto your important purchase.

Emerald

The emerald stone is very rare, very beautiful and very expensive. If the expensive part doesn’t put you off, consider the fact that they have a lower hardness rating than other stones used in engagement rings. Emeralds also have a tendency to have inclusions or fractures, and can be brittle. This often makes them unsuitable for daily wear. While the vibrant green color is unique and beautiful, the structure of the stone makes it not ideal for an engagement ring that will be worn daily.

Tanzanite

These stones are available in a rainbow of royal blue, violet, indigo, lilac and periwinkle. Again, this gemstone is lacking in strength and is very sensitive to heat. When the stone is exposed to sudden changes in temperature, it may even crack. Because Tanzanite is only found in the foothills of Tanzania, it is very rare and the supply is likely to be depleted in ten or twenty years. This makes the stone very expensive and not ideal for an engagement ring.

Tourmaline

This stone is one of the world’s most versatile offerings. It is available in every color from black to no color at all. Many stones will contain more than one color at a time. Again, tourmaline is a softer stone. This stone is likely to be scratched when it is worn daily, and the scratches can cause the stone to dull over time. Tourmaline is also sensitive to heat and may break when exposed to sudden temperature changes.

Most women don’t want to worry about the climate in reference to how it will affect their engagement ring, so this is another stone you should steer clear of.

Zircon

This stone is becoming increasingly popular because of its refractive properties. Many people that Zircon is similar to a diamond in the brilliance it gives. But this stone is very brittle and easily damaged in the setting process. These stones often need to be repolished or recut, making them not ideal for an engagement ring that must be worn every day.

While using a different stone than the traditional can seem fun and exciting, it’s important to understand the differences in each gem before you make a decision. Some stones rival the hardness of diamonds and are appropriate for everyday wear, while others are soft and not ideal for a regularly worn ring. Make sure to find one that fits your fiancé while also providing the quality you need.

~ This has been a sponsored post courtesy of Shane Co. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. ~

© 2013, Dee @ Bella Savvy. All rights reserved.

Dee

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