So you are considering an emerald center stone? What an awesome thing to consider as the richness of color in some emeralds is absolutely phenomenal. Many people often asked us about the safety and security of using an emerald as a center stone. We understand your concern and are here to help. Yes, it is true, Emeralds are more delicate than other precious gems, but don't let that deter you from wearing an emerald engagement ring as they can make outstanding engagement rings!
Selecting the right emerald is important, shape, size, clarity, and color of the stones are paramount when considering using an emerald center stone. Safety will come partially down to those factors (aside from color) as well as setting type. Generally speaking a well set, fairly well protected emerald will be fine as a center stone to an engagement ring. That being said we always recommend having a current appraisal and insurance on you jewelry. Keeping emeralds away from quick changes in temperature is always a good idea. Many times emeralds will have liquid inclusions and could have issues. Chemicals and other harsh elements should always be avoided (with any stone) but emeralds will fair well through most. A lower better protected stone is generally safer so that consideration can be true with any gemstone. A clean stone, with minimal inclusions or certain types of inclusions can also be important. As an example an emerald with a fracture 3/4 of the way through the stone is certainly more risky than the same stone without! Overall we would say they are a good choice for an engagement ring and there is little worry needed. That being said, that is always why you should have insurance!
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