Which coloured gems are hard enough for daily wear?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1690 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I can’t link to the article on my iPad, but I wear three big blue topaz rings everyday, and there’s never a problem. They are tough. No scratches or chips or anything. And I am NOT delicate.

Post # 4
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8425 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@lavenderstone:  I think most gems are hard enough to be worn regularly (i.e. 7+ on the Mohs scale).  The only type of jewelry I can think of that is truly soft would be pearls.  Of course, hardness are durability can be very different things, for instance rubber is incredibly soft yet durable.  On the other hand glass, which I think is a 6 or 7, is hard, but fragile.  In fact gold and platinum are fairly soft, but are used extensively for jewelry.

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