Everything You Need to Know About Pearl Engagement Rings

Longing for classic, timeless pearls for your engagement ring? You are not alone. Throughout history, pearls have been a popular choice for rings and other jewellery. The vintage and antique appeal of this stone have made it especially sought-after in recent years, with many brides-to-be opting to add pearls to their ring designs or use this ring in solitaire designs. Although pearls are certainly beautiful and elegant, it is important to know that they are not always the most practical choice.

In this guide, we take a look at everything you need to know about pearls before you choose this stone for your engagement ring.

Before You Get That Pearl Engagement Ring…

The primary reason that pearl is not a practical choice of stone for engagement rings is its softness. Pearl has a hardness rating of just 2.5 on the Mohs scale, making it a very soft stone that can easily be scratched or damaged. For jewellery not worn often, such as necklaces and earrings, this is not too much of a problem. For an item worn daily, such as a ring, this can result in a ring that is very prone to wear and tear.

If you are active, it is best to choose a ring that does not require special care. Likewise, if you do a lot of gardening, housework, manual tasks or anything else that puts your ring at risk, it is best to choose a tougher stone such as a diamond for your ring. Pearl rings should not be worn to bed, worn to the gym, worn when washing dishes or worn when swimming.

If you decide that you do want a pearl ring, you must look after it carefully to ensure that it lasts forever. Some tips to keep your ring safe from damage include the following:

Clean pearls carefully.

Use a soft, damp cloth rather than direct heat, steam, chemical cleaners or other cleaners that can damage or scratch the stone.

Store pearls carefully.

A soft cloth or velvet pouch or a velvet-lined box is the best choice. Do not keep pearls next to diamonds or other hard stones that could scratch pearls.

Wear pearls carefully.

As we mentioned above, avoid wearing your peal ring in any situation that could damage your ring. Do not submerge the stone in water for any length of time. Do not sleep with your pearl ring on, either. Body heat can misshape metals over time, which compromises the pearl’s settings and affects the longevity of the stone.

Put your pearls on carefully.

Pearls can also be damaged or weakened when they come into contact with perfume, make-up, hairspray, body lotion, and other products that may contain alcohol or other harsh ingredients. Always put your pearls on last and remove them last.

Maintain pearls carefully.

It is best to have your ring checked and maintained by a qualified jeweller every year or two. If you notice any imperfections, scratches, looseness, setting damage or anything else that may indicate wear, take your ring in as soon as possible to avoid lost stones.

We hope that these tips make it easier to enjoy your pearl ring for decades to come. To find other, equally exquisite rings, view our engagement ring collection today.

Amazing Amethyst Engagement Rings

While not the most obvious choice for engagement rings, February’s birthstone offers plenty of beauty and a surprising versatility that pairs well with any metal and a variety of stones. Paired with diamonds, the result is a modern ring that exudes dramatic beauty without being over the top.

Thinking about using this stone in your engagement ring? Keep reading to get inspiration on how to use amethyst in your ring design.

Fall in Love With These Amethyst Engagement Rings

Known for its beautiful purple colour, amethyst ranges in tone from deep, dark purple to lighter shades. This quartz stone is rated 7 on the Mohs scale, making it a fairly durable ring in terms of hardness. It works well with diamond and other neutral-coloured stones that balance its rich colour. These dazzling rings will give you an idea of how this stone can be used in the design of your ring.

Heart Trinity

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Heart shaped rings are ideal for the romantic at heart. Sweet, feminine and subtle, a simple solitaire heart takes centre stage in a delicate band. For a bolder look, use yellow gold for your band to help the centre heart stone shine. You could also choose a platinum or white gold band and add pave diamonds for added sparkle.

Pave Cushion

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While we’re talking about pave, this pave cushion cut ring is timeless and classic. Cushion cuts have an elegant square shaped design that is cut to provide maximum shine. A prong setting further adds to the sophistication of this design, while a pave-encrusted band further enhance its beauty.

Marquise Cluster

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If you lean more towards unusual or less conventional designs, this ring is sure to be a good pick. A sleek marquise amethyst lies in the centre, with a cluster of small diamonds positioned off-centre. The varying colours and sizes work together subtly for maximum impact, while the rose gold bands offset the centre stone’s purple hue.

Twisted Pave

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Twisted bands will never go out of style, and for good reason, too. In this design, one twisting band is encrusted with diamonds, while the other features pave amethyst stones. Together, they form an interlinked design that is symbolic of the entwined love shared by couples.

Pave Pear

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One of the many things to love about pear cut rings is that they can be worn either way up with a different effect. Facing downwards, pear stones can make shorter fingers appear more elongated. Facing upwards, this cut can make fingers appear smaller. A split band and halo complement this ring perfectly.

Oval Trinity

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Unlike traditional three stone rings, also known as trinity rings, this design features three tiny diamonds within each triangular shape flanking the centre amethyst. The result is a layered ring that has plenty of visual detail when viewed up close. This ring would work well in any metal.

Gold Flower

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Another delicate, feminine design, this floral ring features four tiny amethysts as petals, with a tiny diamonds in the centre. The fine gold band adds a hint of colour to offset the deep purple of the petals. This ring would also work well in white gold, rose gold or platinum.

Dreaming up ideas for your ring? We will help you create your very own custom ring or help you find the perfect ring from our collection. Contact Cape Diamonds today to learn more about our spectacular engagement rings.