Pearl Engagement Rings
Known as the “Queen of Gems,” pearls are striking and beautiful. Pearl necklaces and earrings are always a popular choice among brides for their wedding ensemble.
That being said, pearls are not the best choices for engagement rings. Pearl rings are notorious for scratching, as pearls are just too soft of a material to stand up to the wear and tear of daily use. On the Mohs Scale of hardness, where a diamond is 10.0 and sapphires (and rubies) are 9.0, Pearls are 2.5, roughly the same hardness as a fingernail.
On the other hand, if your heart is set on getting a pearl engagement ring, all jewelry, including Pearl jewelry, can be repaired if needed.
So with that in mind, and considering the need to accommodate the wear and tear concerns, here are two examples of pearl rings with settings that are appropriate for engagement rings…
Cultured Pearl and Diamond Halo Ring
Freshwater Cultured Pearl Ring
Natural vs Cultured Pearls
Natural pearls are grown in the wild, without any human assistance and are quite rare. On the other hand, cultured pearls are grown by pearl farmers under tightly controlled conditions. Pearls are also grown in two different ways, freshwater or saltwater. Freshwater pearls are created in mussels, while saltwater pearls are created in oysters.