15th May 2023
BECAUSE YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING
If you and your partner lead an active lifestyle then a durable engagement ring that is able to withstand the wear and tear of everything your adventures throw at it is a must and when it comes to durability, not all engagement rings are equal. Below, we break down what to look for in an active lifestyle engagement ring and some of our favorite sturdy and stable engagement rings at Olivia Ewing Jewelry that are sure to last you a lifetime of adventure and more. Read on to find out!
WHAT IS AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE RING?
As the name suggest, an active lifestyle engagement ring is an engagement ring for an active woman or man. These rings are designed with durability in mind so the wearer doesn't have to constantly take the engagement ring on or off for whatever activity they are doing.
But engagement rings for active women aren't simply just for rock climbing thrill seekers - they can also be appropriate for couch potatoes that frequently utilize their digits such as ceramicists or chefs. Essentially, an active engagement ring is any ring that is able to withstand heavy use and maintain its beautiful shine for years to come.
WHAT QUALITIES OF ENGAGEMENT RINGS ARE BEST FOR AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE?
There are a few specific ring qualities that make engagement rings particularly suited to active lifestyles. They can include:
THE SETTING STYLE OF THE RING
Perhaps one of the most important qualities for active lifestyle rings, the setting style refers to the way that the diamond or other precious gemstone is secured to the ring.
While some ring settings are indeed beautiful, they are not suited for active lifestyles. For example, a channel setting features a row of melee diamonds or gemstones placed and held within a set channel of the ring. But while beautiful, the only thing holding the stones in place is the surface tension of the channel. (This is also why the channel setting is sometimes referred to as a tension setting.) So any activities that include heavy jostling could easily release the tension and the stones could fall out.
Instead, consider opting for a bezel setting or low-profile prong setting. With a bezel setting, the center stone is encased in a metal rim that surrounds the stone and holds it securely in place. This type of setting offers maximum protection against impact, making it a great choice for active individuals. Additionally, bezel settings can be customized to fit any shape or size of the stone, making them a versatile option for engagement rings.
A low-profile ring sits flush on the finger, allowing the prongs to secure the diamond or gemstone while minimizing the opportunity for them to snag on any fabrics or bend due to use. Both low-profile and bezel settings provide the perfect amount of security for a ring that is as equally at home during everyday wear as it is kayaking down a river.
Your engagement ring's metal type will also have an impact on how durable your ring is. In general, the best engagement rings for active lifestyle use highly durable metal like platinum or 14K /18K white or rose gold.
A platinum engagement ring is an excellent choice for active women. This is because platinum is extremely durable and scratch-resistant. It won't be damaged by regular wear and does not oxidize or tarnish easily, which means that your ring will stay looking shiny and new for years to come.
- White Gold
If platinum is a little too pricey for you but you're still looking for a durable ring with silvery shine then you can't go wrong with white gold. An alloy of gold with other metals such as palladium or copper. Because of this, white gold will be more durable than yellow gold, especially when bought at 14K or 18K. This is because pure gold is characteristically soft, so less pure gold equals higher durability.
- Rose Gold
Like white gold, rose gold is also an alloy. The difference is that it uses copper and silver instead of palladium or nickel. This makes the metal less durable than white gold, but it's still much more suitable for an active lifestyle than yellow gold.
GEMSTONE TYPE AND SHAPE
Like precious metals, not all gemstones are suitable for wearers with an active lifestyle. This has much to do with the hardness of the gems and how likely they are to scratch, chip, or break. Likewise, some diamond shapes are more suitable for rugged activities.
As a good rule of thumb, if you are very active you should aim for a gemstone that is graded at least an eight on the Moh's Scale of Hardness. The reason for this is that the higher a gemstone's Mohs rating, the harder it will be. It also helps to choose a shape that will resist chipping or breaking if dropped or knocked against something.
Diamonds are the most popular choice for engagement rings as they score a 10/10 on the Mohs Scale. Additionally, corundum variety gemstones like rubies and sapphires score a 9/10 making them a great option.
When considering gemstone shape, remember that round and oval-shaped diamonds and other gemstones will be more secure than gemstones with pointed and elongated edges, like Marquise, princess, or pear-shaped gemstones. And if you do opt for pointed gemstones, consider bezel-set center stones to protect the edges of your gemstone from chipping.
THE BEST ENGAGEMENT RINGS FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES
Olivia Ewing Jewelry is proud to offer the best engagement rings for those with active lifestyles and we've rounded up six of our favorites below!
CALAIS OVAL DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING
The Calais Oval Diamond Engagement Ring features a bezel-set oval diamond that is framed by two twinkling diamond stones. Securely set in yellow, rose, or white gold and platinum, the bezel-set diamond engagement ring is a timeless and elegant choice for any active bride-to-be.
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SIDNEY SAPPHIRE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING
The perfect engagement ring for those on the go, our Sidney Sapphire Solitaire Ring sits low on the finger to effortlessly showcase the bright-blue sapphire that is enchantingly encased in rose, yellow, or white gold and platinum. The bezel setting perfectly frames the sapphire and allows the stone to take center stage. While the brightness of the sapphire easily captures and reflects the light in stunning flashes of blue. Perfect for everyday wear, the Sidney Sapphire will brighten your partner's day and keep them smiling for years to come.
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BROOKS YELLOW DIAMOND SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING
Our Brooks Yellow Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring packs a punch with its .10-carat yellow-green center stone and six melee diamonds. This custom engagement ring comes in yellow gold and is the perfect size and setting for the person who wants something a little different. Whether you are looking to scale Mt. Everest or simply your nearest hiking trail, the Brooks Yellow Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring is up for the challenge.
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CALAIS SOLITAIRE SETTING STYLE
Create your own custom ring that is sure to stand up to the test of time by starting with our Calais Solitaire Setting and then choosing a diamond, sapphire, or ruby for the center stone. This secure setting is perfect for active lifestyles as it employs six claw prongs to hold your stone in place. Round diamonds would be a particularly effective choice thanks to their hardness but we love sapphires or rubies as well.
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DIAMOND VINEYARD ENGAGEMENT RING
The stunning Diamond Vineyard Engagement ring is the best engagement ring for those with active lifestyles that are unable to consider an engagement ring with a protruding stone. A round diamond is bezel set and surrounded by seven glistening pave diamonds. The interior of the wedding band has been polished smooth for comfortable wear while the exterior features a unique bark texture. Between the accent diamonds and low profile setting, the Diamond Vineyard Ring is sure to last you a lifetime and more.
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UNITY BEZEL DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING
A platinum bezel set round diamond gleams from the center of two intertwining twig bands in our stunning Unity Bezel Diamond Engagement Ring. As beautiful as it is practical, the center diamond flashes in the light and is perfectly secure in its platinum setting while the twig bands create a symbolic and meaningful tribute to the interweaving of your hearts and souls for all of eternity.
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EFFORTLESSLY MATCH YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING TO YOUR LIFESTYLE AT OLIVIA EWING JEWELRY
If you're looking for the best engagement rings for active people look no further than Olivia Ewing Jewelry. With a variety of stunning precious metals, durable gemstones, and unique bands, you are sure to find your perfect ring.
Whether you are hiking up a mountain, swimming in the ocean, or simply going about your daily routine, Olivia Ewing Jewelry's engagement rings are designed to withstand the wear and tear of an active lifestyle. So if you are looking for a beautiful and practical engagement ring, look no further than Olivia Ewing Jewelry.