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Every Stone Tells a Story

Every Stone Tells a Story

Every Stone Tells a Story

For too long diamonds have been monopolising love. At Martin Nagel Manufacturing Jewellers, we believe that the stone chooses the person, and there is simply no reason to limit yourself to diamonds alone – even if it is for a forever engagement or wedding ring.

Of course, the one undeniable benefit of a diamond is that it is incredibly durable – a 10 on the hardness scale – which makes it perfect for everyday wear.

But that’s certainly not to say other gemstones aren’t; we simply suggest thinking about your day-to-day lifestyle and activities before you choose your stone, as this will determine if you’ll be fine to wear a soft stone, or should opt for something hardier.

As there is so much variance in alternative gemstones, it’s very important to work with a trusted and reputable jeweller who knows how to spot a quality gem from a lacklustre stone. Jewellery designers like us.


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They say “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” – but have you considered all the other stones out there who have the potential to be exceptional baes and BFFs?



The perfect “something blue” for the wedding day, aquamarine is a classic and elegant stone. Its pastel tone makes it the ideal choice for a couple who wants to invest in an heirloom.

Hardness rating: 7.5-8


The stunning emerald is that “something different” that many couples want in an engagement ring, yet it’s still timeless and sophisticated – out there, without raising too many eyebrows.

Hardness rating: 7.5


This soft pink stone has become a very popular choice over the last couple of years. It’s feminine and stylish, and as it’s in the same family as an aquamarine, it’s perfect for light everyday wear.

Hardness rating: 7.5-8


For the gorgeous queen who loves the glamorous life! Known as the gemstones of love, rubies come in a range of reds – varying from deep pink to deep burgundy – which makes it easy to pair with lighter stones.

Hardness rating: 9


Deep, dramatic and a little daring. The sapphire is one of those stones that hold so much mystery and history, it’s bound to be the talk of the town, and it takes “something blue” to a whole new level.

Hardness rating: 9


While it looks remarkably similar to a diamond, moissanite comes at a fraction of the cost. It’s also the second-hardest gemstone, so if you lead a more relaxed lifestyle, this might just be the one for you.

Hardness rating: 9,25


Why not trade that something blue for something purple? As it’s one of the softest stones, an amethyst is reserved for the unconventional individual who isn’t too hard on their hands.

Hardness rating: 7


Looking for a stone that really speaks to you? Book a free consultation today to learn more.

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