Pros and Cons of Buying a Gemstone Ring (2023)

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by Suzanne Sachs 5 min read




Gemstone rings can be truly stunning pieces of jewelry, glittery pops of color that may show off your personal flair or add rich symbolism to your style. But before choosing a gemstone ring, it is essential to carefully weigh the pros and cons of these colorful accents.


In this guide, we will explain the following:

  • About gemstone rings
  • Gemstone eras
  • Gemstone rings with diamonds
  • Pros of gemstone rings
  • Personalization
  • Affordability
  • Uniqueness
  • Cons of gemstone rings
  • Durability
  • Coordination
  • Confusion
  • Choosing a gemstone ring

About Gemstone Rings

A gemstone ring is simply any ring that features and highlights gemstones other than diamonds. Rubies, sapphires, and emeralds are the most gemstones, but they are far from the only options for distinctive and eye-catching rings. From amethyst and aquamarine to garnets, opals, pearls, peridots, topaz, turquoise, and more, there are many stunning gemstones that can be beautifully featured in rings.


• Gemstone Eras

Gemstone rings can be any style and are found in all jewelry eras from Edwardian and Victorian designs to bold Art Deco styles or sleek Mid-Century Modern pieces. Gemstones may be highlighted with the simple elegance of a solitaire setting, part of a multi-hued right hand ring, or featured in a stunning three-stone style. New styles are continually being designed and adapted, and there are always more gemstone rings to choose from.



• Gemstone Rings with Diamonds

Just because a ring features a gemstone, however, does not mean it is without diamonds. Many gemstone rings include diamond accents to add extra sparkle, though the true centerpiece of the ring is a gemstone. Diamonds may be still be side stones, halos, or even a pave setting on any gemstone ring, or the gemstone may stand alone, without extra embellishment.



Pros of Gemstone Rings


Not only can gemstone rings be dazzlingly beautiful, but they have many dazzling benefits as well. Depending on the type of gemstone and how the ring is designed, pros of gemstone rings include…


• Personalization

Many people choose gemstone rings because they can personalize the style with their choice of gem, such as a birthstone or favorite color. Gemstones can even be chosen for deeper symbolism for their spiritual meanings or historic associations.



While good quality gemstones are not necessarily cheap, they can be more affordable than diamonds of similar quality and size, making gemstones a better choice for a conscientious budget.


• Uniqueness

Choosing a gemstone other than a diamond for an engagement ring or wedding ring can create a very unique style instead of a more predictable option. This can be perfect for anyone with their own edgy sense of style who wants a bold, individual look.


Cons of Gemstone Rings:


It is important, however, to recognize that there can be drawbacks to gemstone rings, but they can be overcome. The potential cons of a gemstone ring include…

• Durability

Gemstones are softer and more prone to damage than diamonds, including nicks and scratches. Choosing a protective setting and treating the ring carefully can ensure a gemstone ring stays gorgeous for many years.


• Coordination

It may be challenging to stack or coordinate a gemstone ring with other jewelry pieces. This can be especially tricky if the gemstone ring is meant for an engagement ring or wedding band that will be worn frequently, but can be done with thoughtful styling.


• Confusion

If a gemstone ring will be worn in place of a more traditional diamond piece, such as a diamond engagement ring, it may be frustrating to explain to others who are confused about why the ring is not the customary choice.


Choosing a Gemstone Ring

Once pros and cons carefully considered, gemstone rings are suitable for any jewelry fashion – as a devoted promise ring, a romantic engagement ring, a long-lasting wedding ring, or for any social or occasional wear. So long as the wearer is mindful to choose a quality piece and give it the appropriate care to keep it looking spectacular, a gemstone ring can be a lovely accent to any finger.

Gemstone Engagement Rings For Everyone:

No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored rings have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.

Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:

Vintage rings are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and faceting. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of gemstone rings today!


Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. She ultimately started in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.


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