Engagement Rings for Active Women

Engagement Rings for Active Women

Balancing Beauty With Practicality

Whether you’re choosing a ring for yourself or for your fiancée to be, if the wearer of your engagement ring is an active lady then there are considerations other than just what it looks like to take into account. Durability is the big one, but then comfort too.

But what do I mean when I say ‘active woman’?

It might be someone who takes part in active sports like mountain biking or weight lifting. It might be someone with an active job like a doctor or a police officer. It might be someone with hobbies like gardening or dancing. Or it might just be someone who is a bit of a klutz and is likely to subject their engagement ring to some punishment in their day to day life.

In fact, most women should consider the durability of their engagement ring when making their ring choice, to ensure that is doesn’t become annoying and to minimize the risk that it will get damaged. Constantly removing your ring because you’re worried about it getting damaged makes it more likely that you’ll misplace and lose it, so you want to make sure that your engagement ring will fit in with your life.

Setting Style

There’s one ring setting style which offers way more protection than any other. One setting style that will stand proud and protect your center stone like a medieval knight shielding a damsel in distress. That setting style is the bezel setting.

The bezel setting offers a rim of protective metal around the edge of your center stone to protect the delicate edge of the stone from chips. It’s also usualy very low profile, with the top of the diamond not raised high up above the ring band. This means that it’s less likely to snag on clothing, or anything else.

Round Milgrain Bezel Diamond Engagement Ring (14K White Gold)

Some people think that the bezel means that diamonds sparkle less, but this isn’t really an issue. Most of the light that causes a diamond’s sparkle enters the top of the stone and is reflected off the bottom facets and back to your eye. The fact that a bezel setting restricts light entering the side of the diamond doesn’t affect the light entering the top of the diamond and therefore has minimal effect on the level of parkle.

For more information on bezel settings, read out this post. Or, check out the selection of 362 bezel settings available through Ringspo’s Ring Finder tool.

Settings to avoid

If you don’t want to go for a bezel setting you can of course choose an alternative, but there are definitely some setting styles to avoid.

Cathedral settings place the center stone in a raised position, which is great for allowing as much light as possible to enter the diamond and showing it off to the best of its ability, but also means that the diamond is much more likely to get snagged.

Cathedral settings often have longer and more delicate prongs, which are more likely to snag and get bent back resulting in a loose diamond (meaning repair costs) or even a lost center stone. Disaster!

The other type of setting to avoid is one with many small pave diamonds. Pave settings hold the tiny diamonds in place with very small blobs of metal placed between them. These blobs of metal can easily be dislodged if the ring is treated roughly, which will result in lost pave diamonds.

Stone choice

Nothing is indestructible, not even Chuck Norris’s beard and even a diamond can become chipped if it’s hit in the right way. However, diamonds are still the hardest known natural material and really are the best choice for an engagement ring that is going to be worn every day and may be subject to bumps and knocks. Hardness of natural materials is measured on a scale known as the ‘Moh’s scale’ and diamond sits at the top with a perfect 10 out of 10.

Other stones which can be suitable for engagement ring center stones are ruby and sapphire, which are actually both variations on one stone – corundum. Corundum is also a hard stone and scores a 9.0 on Moh’s scale of hardness –  one place below diamond. However, although they are one place below diamond on the scale, they’re actually around four times times less hard than diamond.

One stone type which is commonly used in engagement rings, but isn’t suitable for a wearer with an active lifestyle is emerald. While emeralds can make lovely center stones for engagement rings if they are well looked after, they’re softer than rubies and sapphires and much softer than diamonds. This means that much more care needs to be taken with them to prevent them from getting chipped or damaed, and they aren’t really suitable for someone with an active lifestyle.
chipped emerald

Stone Shape

When you’re looking for an engagement ring, you want to minimize snaggability (I think I just made that word up) as much as possible. A big factor in snaggability is sharp points and corners. So, center stones with defined points like the Pear, Marquise and heart-shaped diamonds on the right should be avoided.
Choosing a smoother shape of diamond will reduce the snag factorability considerably and mean that they are less likely to get caught on clothing or be affected by getting knocked – blows will glance off them.  Round or oval shapes, like the two shown on the left, with their gentle curves are the way to go to make sure that your center stone stays looking great.


Metal Choice

Like the center stone options above, different metals have different hardnesses and if the wearer of the ring has an active lifestyle then you want to ensure that it .

There’s actually two factors to consider here: hardness and toughness. What’s the difference?

  • Hardness is the resistance to being scratched
  • Toughness is the resistance to being bent.

To make sure that your ring is as durable as possible, you really want to ensure that your engagement ring is a combination of both of these.

If you’re going for a bezel setting then the diamond will be held extremely securely by the rim of metal around the edge of the stone. It’s a solid construction and it means that toughness isn’t quite so important as there is a lot of metal holding the center stone in place.

Your priority therefore should be to minimize scratches as much as possible. If you’re looking at a white colored ring then white gold is the one to go for, rather than platinum. On its own, gold is easier to scratch than platinum, but white gold is gold that has been mixed with other metals (usually copper, zinc and nickel) and then covered by a thing layer of a very hard metal – rhodium. As long as you keep your engagement ring plated with rhodium (this needs to be done every couple of years, regardless of how careful the wearer is) then you will be doing all you can to minimize scratches.

If you are going for a prong setting then you should choose platinum. Platinum does scratch more easily than white gold (although platinum scratches can be polished out and aren’t usually permanent), but is also much harder to bend. This is important for prongs as you want to ensure that the prongs stay in their original position and hold your center stone tight.

To sum it all up

If you want to go for the very hardiest engagement ring you can then my recommendation would be

  • Bezel setting
  • White gold (ensuring that the rhodium plating is maintained)
  • Round or Oval shaped diamond

If this setting style isn’t for you then you can definitely choose another, but you should ensure you take into account all of the factors in this blog post to ensure that your ring can survive an active lifestyle and stay looking beautiful.


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