Popularity of imitation jewellery
Because of poor quality and rough finishing Imitation jewellery would hardly find any takers in the past. Advances in science and technology have also allowed for artificial jewellery to take large leaps in durability. They are finding and creating new forms of metals that are much more durable and cheaper that the metals they used to rely on in the past.
Distributors have been able to create agreements with wholesales who manufacture imitation jewelry as the main portion of their business plan. But then due to better quality of artificial jewellery there has been a great change in that scenario. The new imitation jewellery is looking stunning, and also has a very high quality to go along with it.
How Durable is My Gemstone Jewellery?
First of all a note about the hardness and therefore relative durability of gemstones. To measure hardness, the jewellery industry uses the Mohs scale. This gem-trade standard, conceived by Friedrich Mohs in 1812, measures the ability of a gem or mineral to resist abrasion damage.
Diamond at 10 is the hardest whereas talc at 1 is the softest. Popular gemstones like amethyst and citrine register 7 whereas rubies and sapphires register 9. Most of us come off the beach on the first day with the 3 s’s all achieved - rings caked in sand, sea-salt and suntan lotion. Nude sunbathing, as far as silver and gold jewellery is concerned, is a must! Remember also that sand will scratch the surface of precious metals.
Care for Antique Gemstones
Gemstones are a valuable part of any piece of antique jewellery. Common sense is the best preventative measure when caring for any antique gemstone. Although the metal components of ornaments often receive the most attention, gemstone care is equally as important.
Hairdryers should never be used to dry freshly-cleaned gemstones, and no pieces should ever come in contact with chlorine. It is crucial to protect antique jewellery as a whole, in order to maintain as much value as possible over time.