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Gemstone lovers, you have found your tribe! We’d love to gush all day with you about a juicy gemstone, and of course answer any questions you have. We hand-select every gemstone and pay close attention to color, cut and clarity. On the lookout for something special? Our gemstone experts are here to assist in sourcing the perfect gem. Contact us to set up a video chat to learn more. Looking for a quick read on a certain stone? We’ve got you covered with our Quick Start Gemstone Guide. Inquiring minds, please proceed.
Finding the perfect gemstone is about balancing your wants and needs. Think about what you are looking for and make a list. Is it a certain color you're after? Or is durability a priority? Maybe you are buying a gift so you are looking for a stone with a meaning and symbolism. There is a perfect gemstone out there for everyone, and we are here to help you find it!
Let’s say you are in the market for a ring that you will wear every day, and you are interested in a gemstone that is going to stand the test of time (and everyday life). Through the science of gemology, we are able to assess the characteristics of gemstones so we are able to say which gemstones are going to be the most resistant to scratches and chips. When it comes to determining the hardness of a stone, we look to the Mohs hardness scale. Every mineral is rated on a sale of 1-10, 10 being diamond which is the hardest natural element on earth. Dust is a 7 on the hardness scale, so any gem that is a 7 or less hard will experience tiny scratches causing surface abrasion and ultimately dullness.
Another way to measure durability is in the toughness of the stone. So, while the hardness tells you how resistant the stone is to scratches, toughness tells you how resistant it is to cracks and chips. While diamonds are the hardest element on earth, their toughness score is good- which makes them susceptible to breaking if hit right. Jadeite Jade is by far the toughest gemstone but only scores a 6-7 on the hardness scale. If you improperly store a jade necklace next to a diamond ring, the diamond will scratch your jade.
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