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Tips for Choosing a Gemstone Engagement Ring
Tip #13- Considering Gemstone Hardness: Another characteristic of gemstones that should be considered when selecting the right one for a gemstone engagement ring is the hardness of the gem. The Moh's scale is a hardness scale that characterizes the scratch resistance of a gemstone by the ability of that gemstone to scratch another gemstone. All gemstones are given a rating on a scale from 1 to 10. 10 is the hardest and only a diamond has a rating of 10. Believe it or not, the only thing that can scratch a diamond is another diamond. Sapphires and rubies are the hardest colored gemstones and so they do make excellent choices for an engagement ring, particularly if she has a very active lifestyle. The next hardest colored gemstones are blue topaz and aquamarine. Emeralds rate a 7.5 to 8 on the scale and are notably softer than their precious counterparts, ruby and sapphire. Some of the most popular gemstones are rated between a 6.5 and 7.5 on the Moh's scale. These include amethyst, blue zircon, citrine, garnet, iolite, peridot, tanzanite and tourmaline. If you are concerned about the hardness (or lack thereof) of a gemstone that you would like in an engagement ring, there are a couple of things you can do to compensate for that hardness. Choosing rings with bezel or semi bezel set center stones is a great option. The bezel helps to protect the stone from sudden impact and scratches. You can also look for a gemstone engagement ring with a lower profile. Rings that sit closer to the finger and rings that do not sit up high will also generally be a better choice for a softer gemstone.Blue topaz: The enduring symbol of love and affection, the topaz is believed to bring the wearer friendship and ensure fidelity. Blue topaz is mined in colors of pink, blue, brown and colorless. Available in a wide array of colors, topaz is the birthstone for November and the suggested gift for the twenty-third anniversary. Topaz rates 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness.Enhancements: Although cutting is the most basic enhancement method necessary to display the beauty of a gemstone, there are many fascinating methods by which man has demonstrated his ability to draw maximum color, luster, clarity and brilliance from natures earthbound treasures. A basic understanding of these enhancement techniques will add to your appreciation of the beauty, durability and value of the gemstone jewelry you already own, or plan to purchase in the future. The most popular colors of London, Swiss, and Sky blue topaz are achieved by treatment with different atomic particles like electrons and neutrons. This enhancement process is permanent.Blue topaz Care: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner on your blue topaz jewelry. Avoid sudden temperature changes, steaming and contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume or household chemicals. Your blue topaz jewelry may be cleaned with a soft-bristled brush or a cloth with plain or soapy water