Since you are asking, I would like to see a seminar for beginning
jewelers with about gem hardness and how that scale can
help them in their work and help their customers purchase sensibly. A
neat little list of which stones are suitable for which items of
jewelry… and which stones are not… would be a pleasant
addendum to that.
Pet peeve: If I see one more beat-to-hell tanzanite set into a ring
I may scream. Of course the customer bringing this in always looks
at me with great big deer-eyes and says that they “barely ever wear
the ring, and take ever-so-good care of it.”
I am left with the sometimes impossible task of explaining…
without being impolite, why someone would set such a fragile stone
into a ring and sell it. Grrr Tanzanite in a ring is of course only
I only set fragile, prone to damage stones in rings if the customer
absolutely insists on it, and after I have thoroughly informed them
in writing that due to the hardness, this particular stone…
whatever it is… is likely to easily scratch, mar, break… etc…
when set into a ring.
End of rant #461
Lisa (baby goat Diablo has a new trick. Jumping up onto my back or
shoulder. This will not be quite so cute when she grows up a bit.
Topanga, CA USA