Gemstones and Durability
By Gerald D. Sisk, Jr.Co-Founder Jewelry Television Whenever I discuss the topic of gemstone durability with most people,they think of hardness. However, hardness is only one facet (please forgivethe pun) of durability. Durability is also tempered by toughness and stabil-ity. Each of these three factors is important and determines how well agemstone will survive the rigors of day-to-day wear. Let’s start with hard-ness first.Hardness is simply the ability to resist scratching. There is a common scaleused as a relative guideline for hardness. It was devised in 1822 by aGerman mineralogist named Friedrich Mohs and consisted of 10 mineralscommonly available at that time. It is called appropriately, the Mohs scale,and serves as a basis for standards of comparison. The scale runs from 1 to 10, with talcbeing the softest mineral and diamondthe hardest. The degree of hardnessfrom one stone to the next on the scale varies and has no quantitative meaning.Simply stated, any mineral will scratchanother mineral of similar or lesserhardness on the scale.
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