- 5 years ago
So I am working with a gemologist to find the needle in the hay gem that ideally I want for my Engagement Ring. He’s also a very well known cutting artist. He’s been wonderful and I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about gemology, a growing passion that might take me to study and get certified later down the road 🙂
The thing that really left me feeling like HUH? Was when I learned that hardness is a term used to describe a gem’s “scratchability” and NOT breakability! Harndness has nothing to do with brittleness of a gem. More than anything, it is meant to help figure out a gem’s “wearability” for a long time without losing much of it’s original beauty.
For example, diamonds are the hardest gem on the MOHS scale and it can scratch all the other gems but it can be fractured and cracked more easily than some other (few) gems!
If you feel the HUH? Way I felt too here’s a link from IGS, a very reputable source, that explains it in a simple way.
I think this is good info to keep in mind when buying and deciding. Especially when deciding settings and the cut of the stone which in reality is what will actually determine the real breakability Of a stone.