Can Wearing Gems That Touch Your Skin Improve Your Health?

Will wearing gems that touch the skin of your finger bring you health benefits? Before you buy any ring stone, learn what you should consider first.

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Question:What's the best way to wear gemstones most suited to me in terms of health? I want to create a wedding ring for myself with a setting in which the stones are actually touching my skin. Is there any wisdom on this you can share with me, or should I simply go by how attracted I am to certain gems and settings?
The healing properties of peridots, like this emerald-cut gem, are said to affect areas ranging from emotional to digestive well-being. However, the bottom edge or keel of this gem design will likely prove very uncomfortable directly against your ring finger. Photo by Michelle Jo. Public domain.

Answer: If you're thinking of wearing gems on a ring for health reasons, or any reason, you first need to consider the stones' durability, the jewelry setting, and your own comfort.

Wearing Gems for Health?

Picking and wearing gems are personal matters. I've read several books on using gems for health and meditation purposes. I wouldn't recommend any in particular. You'll find just conflicting information and personal opinions in these sources.

Make Sure Your Gemstone and Setting are up to the Rigors of Everyday Wear

For a wedding ring, I think it's best first to find a gem that appeals to you personally for whatever reason. Next, make sure it's durable enough for everyday wear as a ring stone. Stones with a Mohs hardness of 7 or higher — like rubies, sapphires, and diamonds — make great choices. Softer gemstones, like opals and pearls, will require extra care and protective ring settings.

Of course, check your budget. Be prepared for some surprises as you do this research. You'll easily find expensive engagement ring gemstones. However, you can also discover beautiful rare gems that are surprisingly affordable as well as gems readily available in big, bold sizes.

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"Diamond on Blue," photo by Koshy Koshy. Licensed under CC By 2.0.

Wearing a Ring Stone Against Your Skin Might Hurt

As for wearing gems that actually touch the skin of your finger, that's not a common practice. You actually might have a hard time finding a shank that will allow a set stone to actually come into direct contact with your finger.

Most people feel it's enough just to have the gems in close proximity to their body.

Keep in mind that if you're considering a faceted gem as a ring stone, the part touching your finger would be a sharp point! Wearing a faceted gem this way would be pretty uncomfortable, enough to overcome any other possible benefit. The sweat and oil from your skin may also adversely affect the beauty and performance of the gem.

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Many gem designs, like the round brilliant cut shown here, come to a sharp point at the bottom. This is known as the culet. Even gems with a culet facet, a flattened point, would be difficult to wear directly against your ring finger.

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