In particular the gemstones I use in my work most frequently. And why.
Introducing sapphire, ruby, emerald and diamond gemstones!!
The reason I choose these four in particular is because of their strength.
The top of the list is, of course, Diamond. 90 x harder than number two which is Moissanite.
I haven't included a Moissanite in my list because, while it is a naturally occurring stone (and the rarest) there is never enough found to even cut a 1 ct gem. So all the jewelry you see containing this rock in the stores is lab created.
Number three - a personal favourite - corundum. Doesn't sound flash does it. But you might know it from it's more common name Ruby (for the red corundum) and Sapphire (for all the other colours).
Last - but certainly not least - is Emerald. Made from beryllium it is not as hard but still quite resilient.
Why strength you ask? Because they have to cope with extreme heat.
As you know I love the cast-in-place method. A relatively new process in the jewelry world whereby the stones and the molten metal are cast at the same time.
I adore the unpredictability, try as I might I can't control the finished outcome. Just as nature teaches us, we're part of the whole, so let go and accept.
Sometimes a stone will crack with the pressure and I'll get upset. But why? Because it shouldn't be broken? According to who?
So there you are, another mini-lesson about your art jewelry. Hope you enjoyed it.