Mohs Hardness Scale for Gemstones

Mohs Hardness Scale for Gemstones

If you’ve read any of my gemstone articles, you’ve probably heard me mention Mohs hardness about a dozen times. Now you get to learn what it’s all about… What is Hardness? Hardness is the ability of one mineral to scratch another. (Don’t...
June’s Birthstone: Alexandrite

June’s Birthstone: Alexandrite

If you were born in June, you were one lucky baby: June has many birthstones, including pearl, alexandrite, rose quartz, and moonstone. In this post, I’m going to talk about what is perhaps the most spectacular of the bunch: alexandrite.   Natural...
What is Gold-Filled?

What is Gold-Filled?

The jewelry industry uses a wide variety of gold-colored metals. You’ve probably seen some of them: “gold tone,” “gold-plated,” “gold-filled,” and “karat gold.” Learning the differences can help you make informed...
What is Sterling Silver?

What is Sterling Silver?

If you’ve shopped for jewelry, you’ve probably seen terms like “silver plated,” “fine silver,” “silver tone,” and “sterling silver.” You may be curious to know the differences in these types of metals to help...

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