(Closed) Does tourmaline get cloudy like morganite?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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greeneyedbee :  tourmaline is also a soft stone so it will get scratches and dull over time with constant wear. Like morganite it will hold dirt and look cloudy when dirty. Diamond and moissanite have such a high refractive index that you can’t see through it so you won’t see the cloudy effect as much with those stones. 

I work n a jewelry repair shop, I’ve noticed the cloudy effect is less on gemstones that are deeper in color like emeralds and sapphires (blue sapphires) 

Post # 3
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

On morganite, you are seeting the effect of its natural tendency to attract dirt and the accumulation of small scratches over time. That then makes the dirt stick in the scratches and harder to clean. Rinse and repeat. 

Tourmaline is not an everyday wearing gem its only a 7 on the Mohs scale (see a few below) which measure scratch resistance. You want to stay at a Mohs 9+ for a ring you will wear every day: Diamond, Moissanite, or Ruby/Sapphire.  


Post # 4
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

My dad bought these for my mom 30 years ago. I wear this set very often and have for the last 4 years. Everything is still great!

Post # 5
1017 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I have this green tourmaline and it has held up fine . It is a softer stone 7.5 on the moh but I think if set right then it will be ok . I mean it isn’t the hardness of a diamond but as long as you aren’t like dragging it across the pavement I think it will be fine ! 

Post # 6
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Orange County, CA

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greeneyedbee :  I have a peridot promise ring which I wore for 8+ years. Peridot and tourmaline have a smiliar hardness ~7.5 on the Mohs scale.  My peridot is super scuffed, scratched, and damaged.  The facets have been worn smooth (it almost looks like a cabochon now!)

To be fair, I was really hard on that ring. I wore it 24/7 and for all sorts of rough activity.  If you are very careful, it should be fine, but keep in mind that even sapphires and rubies can get the sharp edges of thier facets worn down, and they are much harder.

Post # 7
3286 posts
Sugar bee

People get a little too worried about stones. A tourmaline will be fine.

Post # 8
59 posts
Worker bee

I’ve never had morganite, but I did have a pink tourmaline ring. I didn’t have to get it professionally cleaned a lot, but I made sure to wash with soap and water whenever I would wash my hands to keep it bright. As long as you don’t wear it while you put on lotions and stuff, I think it should be fine if that’s what you have your heart set on. I personally did not get a tourmaline or morganite for my e-ring because I didn’t like having to clean it so frequently for it to sparkle. 

Post # 9
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

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greeneyedbee :  It won’t be as noticeable if you get a deep colored tourmaline. Also I’ve had mine for 2 months now, and there’s not a single scratch on it. I think all of those people who warn that tourmaline is too soft have been looking at 5 carat stones in unprotective settings.


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