Mark: Hi, it’s Mark, Top Local Lead Generation
and we’re here with Sheetal Gupta of Maharani Jewels in Vancouver. How’re you doing today
Sheetal? Sheetal: I’m doing really well, thank you
so much Mark. Mark: So we’re going to talk about gemstones
for engagement rings. What’s the best gemstone for an engagement ring? Sheetal: That’s a really great question.
The most important factor to look at when you’re choosing a gemstone for an engagement
ring, is the hardness of the gemstone. So hardness – how you define that is – hardness
is the resistance of a gemstone from scratching. So a gemstone like a diamond which is extremely
hard will be a fantastic choice for an engagement ring. I’m going to take you over to the
Mohs scale of hardness which is just a little graph here that I’m going to take you over
to just so you have a great visual as I’m talking. So this scale over here, shows you
the relative hardness of a number of different gemstones. A diamond is a number 10 which
is the hardest on this scale and talc is number 1 which is the softest on the scale. This
is really relevant because when you are wearing an engagement ring, it is a ring that you
wear everyday, so it’s incredibly important that you choose a stone which is not going
to scratch, is not going to chip and crack. So a diamond is a fantastic choice. So you’ll
see right next to the diamond is a stone called Corundum. Corundum is actually the rock forming
mineral which is the family of minerals that sapphires and rubies come from. So that would
be the next best choice for a gemstone. Though this graph doesn’t show it, I’m going
to take you over to this other graph right here which shows you down about a third of
the way down you will see Beryl with Emerald in brackets. Now Beryl is a family of minerals
which Emeralds and Aquamarines fall into and so, a lot of times people ask me is it ok
to have an emerald as an engagement ring. Because it is a third of the way down on the
scale, it is soft, therefore, it is susceptible to getting nicks and scratches and chips,
so it is not the best choice for an engagement ring which is a gemstone to be worn every
day. The other gemstone is Pearl. A pearl on that scale falls between a 2.5 and a 4.5
so it’s definitely not the best choice for an engagement ring. Then you’ve got a gemstone
called Tanzanite. Tanzanite is this beautiful purply-blue type of gemstone which has a lot
of rich colour, it is a 6.5 to a 7 on the scale, which is again not a strong enough
and a hard enough for an engagement ring. The other one is an Opal. I often get asked
about an opal because it’s a really unique gemstone, it’s a 5.5 to a 6.5 on the scale,
again not a very good choice. And so that goes back to the original question, you know
diamonds are a great choice but what if you’re looking for something different and a sapphire
and a ruby may not be your preference. What other options do you have for a gemstone?
Well, sapphires actually come in a wide range of colours. So you’ve got sapphires that
are pink, you’ve got sapphires that are yellow, you’ve got sapphires that are white
which are a great alternative to diamonds because it’s a lower price point and it
also looks a lot like a diamond. So you do have a lot of variety to choose from within
gemstones that are Corundum which are the rubies and sapphires, as well as diamonds
which may not be white. If your price point is a little bit larger, you can look at a
fancy coloured diamond which is very rare and therefore valuable which also does come
in a wide range of colours. So you do have a large selection of diamonds to choose from
as well as other coloured stones such as corundum. Mark: so if you want expertise and the truth
from your jeweller, the person to call is Sheetal Gupta – you can reach her at 604-727-0149.
Call that number to book an appointment to see her, you must book ahead or go to the
website maharanijewels.com Thanks Sheetal Sheetal: Thanks Mark