Aquamarine and Platinum Engagement Rings
The large majority of our engagement rings are presented with diamonds. You will notice this when viewing our complete dazzling collection on the website.
We do however create a significant amount of alternative gemstone commissions through the course of a year. Aquamarine and Platinum engagement rings partner two very popular materials—950 Platinum—a greyish white luxurious precious metal, and Aquamarine—a cool blue gemstone varying in shades from almost colourless to bright pale blue.
The large majority of our engagement ring commissions feature specially selected, high quality Aquamarines. Such gemstones are typically deeper in colour and demonstrate a greater attention to the cut than many commercial quality Aquamarines.
Pro’s and Con’s of Pairing Aquamarine and Diamonds.
There are pro’s and con’s to combining Aquamarine with diamonds. The biggest advantage would be cost. Aquamarines are less expensive than diamond. The overall price of a single stone Aquamarine and diamond ring will be less than a ring with an equivalent diamond weight.
Hardness and durability will always be less when selecting alternative gemstones over diamond. GIA has the following to say about the hardness of Aquamarine.
“Aquamarine is 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.” [GIA 2016]
What is Aquamarine?
Let us look at what exactly Aquamarine is.
“Aquamarine is a blue to green-blue variety of precious beryl. The beryl group of minerals is most famous for chromium-rich, green emerald, which happens to be one of the ‘precious four’ gems of the world (diamond, sapphire and ruby are the remaining three). Aquamarine is one of the official birthstones for those born in March. Aquamarine is exceptionally hard and has an outstanding vitreous (glass-like) luster. It is most famous for its breathtaking sea-blue colours which can range from light to dark-blue. The name ‘aquamarine’ was derived from an old Latin expression which meant seawater.” [Gemselect, 2016]
There are no standards for grading Aquamarine, so care must be taken to avoid seduction by specific terms applied by some retailers (e.g. AAA grade Aquamarine). For larger Aquamarine stones we often provide clear photography for overseas and distance purchases giving clients an accurate way of inspecting the stone without the need for an appointment.
This natural grey-white precious metal choice works wonderfully with Aquamarine. Combining a luxurious metal with a gemstone will elevate the overall quality of ring, separating the finished result from many inferior alternatives mass produced from silver, set with low quality Aquamarine. Platinum makes a perfect choice for an engagement ring, retaining its natural colour. It can also be refurbished back to the mirror polish at any time.
Ring Styles for Aquamarine and Platinum
Consider the shape of Aquamarine you require and select your ring design according to the stone shape. For square Aquamarines, look at Princess cut engagement rings. Our main photograph shows the twist ring design (R1D002) set with a 2 carat Aquamarine (located at the time of this post to our ready-made collection of rings).
If you are interested in any of our designs, set with an Aquamarine, please contact us with your style choice and a ball-park budget along with any preferences you have for colour depth and stone shape.