June 2017
Gems and their Hardness Rating
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Emeralds: The Green Gem of South America
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Thursday, June 01, 2017
Gems and their Hardness Rating
by Flaherty Jewelers
When you visit Flaherty Jewelers, you will find an informative staff knowledgeable about the type of gemstones we offer and their characteristics. The "hardness rating" of a gemstone is very important and has an effect when creating jewelry, especially rings. The durability of a gemstone is important. For example, some rings, like wedding rings, are worn every day. This makes them vulnerable to thumps and knocks that can be hazardous to a gemstone. Some gemstones are stout enough to be placed in a ring that can be worn day-to-day, other gems are best for rings worn on an infrequent basis, and there are some gems that are not fit to be used in rings at all!

Gems and their Hardness Rating
One vital factor in measuring gemstone resilience is hardness. In gemology, a stone's hardness is gauged on a scale called the Mohs Scale, which allocates minerals a hardness rating between 1 for the softest and 10 for the hardest stones. The Mohs Scale was created in 1822, by a German mineralogist named Frederick Mohs. It characterizes hardness depending on the gem's scratch-resistance, in which a harder stone will scrape a malleable one, but not in reverse.

Diamonds are rated the hardest with 10, sapphires and rubies follow with 9, spinel, emerald, and topaz 8, quartz, tourmaline, and garnet 7. The supplest stones are talc-1, gympsum-2, calcite-3, and fluorite-4. The margin between harder and softer gemstones is usually given a Mohs rating of 7. Gems with a solidity of 7 or higher is best for rings, hardness ratings below 7 are not.

Is the Moh's System still Relevant Today?
The Moh's system, which determines the hardness rating of a gemstone, is somewhat simplistic in the eyes of today's gemologist. For instance, for a wedding or engagement ring intended to be worn everyday a hardness rating of 8 to 10 is advised. However, other factors are relevant as well. Take emeralds, they are characteristically heavy with various minute interior fractures. Therefore, in spite of its hardness rating of 8, emeralds are not considered tough enough for daily wear.

Moreover, Mohs scale is a "relative-scale" not an absolute one. It only demonstrates which gem is harder than another one, a comparative concept. Prior to any scientific equipment being used to examine minerals optically, mineralogists relied unswervingly on the Mohs Scale scratch-test much more than they do today. At present, with more advanced technology, the scratch assessment method for hardness is hardly utilized because of its vague testing of hardness and the likelihood of impairing the specimen being tested.

At Flaherty Jewelers, we use the latest and best hardness rating methods to determine the strength of any of the gemstones we offer. This way, we ensure that our customers are satisfied with their jewelry purchase.

Monday, May 01, 2017
Emeralds: The Green Gem of South America
by Flaherty Jewelers
Emeralds: The Green Gem of South America While Ancient Greece may have named the emerald or "the green gem," this gorgeous stone, whose hue is actually a mixture of green, blue, and yellow, has been enjoyed by cultures all over the world, including seas away in South America.

The Incas were known to revere emeralds as children of the goddess, Esmeralda. In Cusco, temples to Esmeralda were filled with emeralds, as it was custom for the Inca faithful to present them to her. These temples were then raided a few hundred years later by the Spanish conquistadors. Some of the emeralds made it back to Spain to be set in emerald rings and emerald necklaces, but some were destroyed, as the conquistadors were ordered by Spanish authorities to break some of the emeralds open in failed attempts at confirming the green gem authenticity.

Where Cusco once stood now stands Columbia, the largest producer of emeralds in the world. While it is no longer believed that emeralds are the children of a goddess, the emerald is the birthstone for May. And as May's birthstone, emerald jewelry is the perfect gift for any loved one with a birthday this month.