Best Alternative Engagement Ring Stones

Serengeti West’s Favorite Alternative Engagement Ring Stones

Are you looking for halo engagement rings in Melbourne? Perhaps you’re ready to pop the question, but don’t want to go the traditional route? Enjoy our list of the best alternative engagement ring stones!

1. Sapphire

A sapphire engagement ring sits high atop our list of unique engagement rings. Ranking 9 on the Mohs scale, the durability of this gemstone is phenomenal. While traditionally thought of as a blue stone, sapphire comes in every color of the rainbow (except for red). This allows you to choose the perfect hue. White sapphires are even available!

If you’re not interested in a diamond engagement ring but don’t want to sacrifice durability and security, consider sapphire.

2. Ruby

Like sapphires, rubies are part of the corundum family. That is to say; they are also a nine on the Mohs scale. With proper care, your deep red gemstone will resist scratching and cracking! In our opinion, ruby is an excellent choice for an engagement ring gemstone.

3. Moissanite

One of the most popular “traditional diamond” alternatives is moissanite. Named for Henri Moissan, it is silicon carbide. The stone has a Mohs hardness of 9.5. Overall, moissanite offers the brilliance of a diamond for a much lower price.

4. Morganite

Morganite is known for a beautiful peach-pink color. A member of the beryl family, this semi-precious stone has become wildly popular in the last few years. Indeed, it looks beautiful in a rose gold mounting. We’re partial to this diamond halo morganite ring.

Ready to start shopping? We invite you to visit us at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo. Allow Serengeti West Fine Jewelers to help you find the perfect engagement ring!

How do i care for my engagement ring?

How Do I Care For My Engagement Ring?

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Serengeti West couple Mark and Mikayla were engaged in Banff, Alberta

Maybe you just got engaged (if so, congratulations), or perhaps you’ve had your ring for quite some time. Either way, you may be asking yourself “how do I care for my engagement ring”? Let Serengeti West help you learn some basic tips to keep your ring looking beautiful!

Have Your Engagement Ring Properly Sized

When asking yourself “How do I care for my engagement ring?” It’s very important to ensure that your ring is the right size for your finger. If your ring is too large (even by a small amount), it can turn. As a result, it sustain damage to prongs or channels that hold your stones in place. By having a professional size your finger and double check the size of your ring, you ensure that your ring will wear in the best way possible.

Have your Ring Professionally Cleaned Regularly

Most jewelry stores are happy to clean your ring for free. Because we have professional tools like an ultrasonic machine and commercial steamer, we are able to get jewelry cleaner than most can at home. Additionally, a jeweler will know what cleaning is safe for your ring, and what is not. A jeweler like Serengeti West can also check for wear and tear on your ring (and other jewelry) over time, alerting you if you need any repair work done. Ultimately, fine jewelry requires maintenance over time, just like a car.

Have Your Ring Appraised and Insured

Most would be incredibly sad if something happened to their engagement ring. Whether a small stone should fall out, it is lost, or perhaps stolen, you want to know you’ll be able to replace that ring. Because of this, it’s very important to have a proper jewelry appraisal completed and insurance taken out on your ring. Many homeowners policies have options for jewelry coverage. Or, Jeweler’s Mutual insurance is available; they only insure jewelry.

Come visit Serengeti West Fine Jewelers at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo and allow us to clean your ring for you. We’re happy to discuss your jewelry care concerns!

why do i need a jewelry appraisal

Why do I need a Jewelry Appraisal? Your Questions Answered

Jewelry Appraisal Services in San Luis Obispo

Serengeti West Fine Jewelers has been serving the San Luis Obispo area since 1985. As part of that service, we are honored to provide jewelry appraisal for your insurance needs.

Why do I Need a Jewelry Appraisal?

When you own fine jewelry, it’s important to make sure you have proper insurance. Because your treasure could become lost, stolen, or incur damage over the years, your insurance agency needs to know the details of your pieces. Without a current appraisal, your agency will have no way of knowing the current replacement value of your piece. That is, what it would cost to recreate your piece of jewelry.

How often should I have my jewelry appraised?

Every insurance agency will require appraisal at different intervals. Some may ask for updated paperwork every five years. Others will need new documentation every 10 years. You should check with your insurance agency to verify their policies to ensure you are compliant.

Why is it important to have an accurate Jewelry Appraisal?

Some jewelers may offer an inflated value of your purchase. We often hear “I only paid __________ dollars, but they said it was worth ______________.” It’s very important that you know the exact value of your jewelry. Because you wouldn’t want to over pay for insurance and you also wouldn’t want to be under covered, it’s very important to have a real replacement value.

How Can Serengeti West Help with my Appraisal?

Call us at (805) 546-8706 to schedule time for your appraisal. We offer appraisals beginning at a minimum of two items, with an ability to handle appraisals for estate purposes, insurance purposes, and more. Or, visit our store at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo and see for yourself! We’re happy to answer your jewelry appraisal questions.