What Types of Gemstones Are Used in Rings?

Rings are pieces of jewelry that can be worn on any finger. A ring is typically a flat band, usually made of some type of precious metal, worn to ornamental purposes. The word “ring” alone by itself denotes jewelry worn on the hand; when worn on other body parts, the specific body part is defined within the definition, e.g., rings worn on fingers, rings worn on earrings, rings worn on necklaces, finger rings, toe rings, etc.


The use of rings dates back to prehistoric times when stone and bone were used to make them. The most commonly used materials in rings today are: platinum, gold, diamond, ruby, sapphire, and garnet. Many different kinds of gemstones can be used in rings as well. The following is an overview of some of the more common gemstones that are used in rings:

Tanzanite is a hard, brownish-red stone that is sometimes referred to as “Tanzanite of the Gods”. Tanzanite rings are almost exclusively used in engagement rings. This stone, which has been found in South America, is also used in birthstone rings and other types of jewelry for this purpose. Tanzanite has a hardness rating of 8 on the Mohs scale. Because of its hardness, it often requires professional polishing to bring out the natural color of the stone.

Aquamarine is a light blue gemstone that is found primarily in south-east Asia and Australia. It is very popular as a natural stone for amulets used to protect the wearer from evil spirits. Though it is blue in color, it turns purple when exposed to light. The reason for this phenomenon is due to the oxidation process that occurs when the gemstone is exposed to light. Aquamarine rings are commonly used to celebrate a marriage or birth.

Aquamarines are a variety of gemstones that have come to symbolize love and marriage in the South Pacific. The stone is a semiprecious silicate mineral that has a deep blue color and a vivid luster. In fact, many believe that it to be sacred in the eyes of some indigenous tribes.

Opals are a family of transparent gemstones that come in different colors of red, orange, yellow, blue, green and brown. These gemstones are most commonly used as birthstones and to make jewelry. The best quality opals are very clear while others have little or no luster at all. Many opal rings are set in sterling silver to add a shimmer to the setting. Opals are a great choice for rings because of their beauty and they often carry precious metal settings for added sparkle.