What is a Gemstone?
A gemstone is the name given to a piece of mineral, rock, or organic material. Gemstones occur naturally in nature or can also be created in a lab. Contemporary, created stone technology results in a gemstone with the exact same composition as one that develops on its own. Learn more about lab created vs. natural stones in our blog.
All minerals, including gemstones, are given a rank from 1-10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. A rank of 10 denotes its the hardest and most scratch-resistant. A diamond has a rank of 10 while a tanzanite is a 6! A gemstone's durability impacts how it can be cut and what shapes are viable without resulting in cracks or breakage.