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The International Gem Society gives this example on Hardness & Toughness:
What is the Take-away from this Example?
Just because Diamonds are rated among the hardest surfaces known to man, this does not mean that they are the toughest structurally. A high MOHS rating does not guarantee Toughness.
For example, diamond is harder than a steel hammer. You can cut through a hammer with a diamond. However, You can smash that same diamond with a hammer.
Without taking care, All Diamonds and Gemstones, whether Man-Made or Mined from the Ground, can be scratched or chipped.
Diamond is the hardest Gem at 10, followed by Moissanite at 9.12-9.17, Corundum at 9, Benzgem Simulated Diamonds at 8.50 then all other Precious and Semi-Precious Gemstones, in descending order. Hardness alone does not determine beauty and durability. Gemstones other than Diamonds have been around for Centuries, clearly they are all Hard enough to stand the test of time.
Currently Known as the Taylor-Burton. The Current owner had the Diamond re-cut as there was wear in the form of chips and abrasions on the Diamond surface. An entire Carat and 33 Points were lost in the process of removing wear and scratching. The diamond it is now smaller at 68.09 Carats.
Stunningly Beautiful Benzgem Alternative to Diamond. This Photo was taken in the palm of my hand in the Eastern Morning Light.
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