Wedding Jewelry Trends in a New Decade

Five different color sapphire and ruby wedding rings in five different settings.

Morganite in wedding jewelry seems to be the latest and greatest trend in recent years, and it’s not entirely undeserved. Jewel tones and different price points are breathing new life into time-honored trends. But, there’s good reason why diamonds have been the go-to choice for long-lasting jewelry, and it has little to do with the possibly questionable marketing strategy of decades-old diamond suppliers. Quite simply, it comes down to having a piece of jewelry that will stand the test of time. Folks, we are so hard on our hands. Experienced jewelers know that hand jewelry must be given special consideration. No one wants to spend more in repairs for their daily-wear jewelry, than they spent on the jewelry itself! Garnet was once the wedding ring gemstone of choice, too, and yet, with continuous use and wear, the gemstone loses its facets and must be recut to look new. It takes many, many years to wear down a garnet….but have you ever seen a diamond lose its facets? It just doesn’t happen.

Getting clear, unbiased information on the practicality of your personal stone choices can be a challenge for consumers. Isn’t this, like…the SECOND most important decision that will affect you for many years to come?! To back up the years of experience used to create this article, I decided to approach the question as most brides-to-be would…..I googled it 🙂 Thank GOODNESS for the people at Google who create whole algorithms that magically know what you’re trying to ask when you string together the blindingly vague words…..”Is morganite jewelry durable?”

Coming from the industry standard for gemstone information, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA for short), is the first in the list of Google links. If one is doing a cursory search and perhaps ACTIVELY SEEKING information to support a foregone conclusion, then one would be pleased with their statement “Morganite is a durable gemstone….(it) is a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, so it is a durable gemstone for jewelry, as long as it is treated with care to protect it against scratching and hard knocks.” Mohs scale. Durable gemstone. These are the phrases upon which big, important, expensive decisions are made!

Here’s the thing. Those are the sound bites….the synopsis. That GIA synopsis makes it sound like morganite is a fine choice and plenty durable for everyday wear, on your hands, no less! Considering the investment involved… you really want to make such an important decision based on a sound bite? Critical thinkers everywhere are asking themselves……”what exactly does “durable” really mean? What am I taking for granted, putting my trust in the internet?”

Critical thinkers are great. They need to put those nagging earworms to rest, and no better way than with the power of knowledge! When one CLICKS on the GIA article…. the information deepens. “Gem and mineral hardness is measured on the Mohs scale. The numbers are based on the relative ease or difficulty with which one mineral can be scratched by another. But the Mohs scale is deceptive. The steps between the minerals are not evenly spaced. For example, diamond is only one number away, but it’s many times harder than gems in the corundum family. Diamonds, with a Mohs hardness of 10, have an absolute hardness of 1600. Sapphires, a 9 on the Mohs scale, have an absolute hardness of 400. Morganite is 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale, and with an absolute hardness around 150… the next logical question the buyer should ask is, “How do I feel about wearing a stone that is 1/10th the hardness of the industry standard?”

Taken out of context, morganite IS a durable gemstone for jewelry, as long as it is treated with care to protect it against scratching and hard knocks.”

What does “treated with care” mean? There’s the obvious list of no-nos, like gardening, cooking, tire-realignment or washing dishes…but more than that, experienced jewelers will tell you that there are certain types of jewelry that are safer than others. By that I mean two things, first, that bezel settings (where the metal seat completely encircles the stone) are much more secure than prong settings (four small wires bent over the stone). Secondly, gemstones set in earrings and pendants are so much more secure than those set in rings and bracelets, again, because a gemstone hanging around your neck does not receive the wear and tear that a gemstone on your finger would receive. In this case, “treated with care” could mean “only put this stone in a pendant” OR it could also mean “put it in a ring you’re only going to wear once a month” but at this point, I hope there is enough evidence to suggest that wedding rings are not on the list of acceptable uses for morganite.

So what do you do? If you really love the color of morganite, and want to have it in your wedding jewelry, but want to make the most educated and sensible choice possible? Some people would say the obvious solution is to have three different engagement rings! Only one-third the wear on any single ring! I have to admit, this answer comes with the added advantage of coordinating with your mood and/or outfit. It’s not the worst idea I’ve ever heard of. Really!

If diamond just isn’t your thing, and having three different rings just sounds…..confusing, the very next most durable gemstone is a sapphire. Here’s the solution we came up with for one recent couple…..a pink sapphire with a color that’s a dead ringer for morganite. Encircled in diamonds and set in 14k rose gold, the traditional setting mixed with current trends was the perfect solution for our happy couple. And do you want to talk about HIS ring?! A one-of-a-kind piece that can’t even come CLOSE to being replicated…..and yet with all the variety, it’s still an incredibly durable piece. THIS is what that custom design fee will get you… of a kind jewelry…..alternative choices and industry knowledge backed with experience….and access to jewelers who make your custom piece from start to finish right under our very own roof.

And that’s a fact.