The hardness of a gemstone is measured on a scale of its Mohs hardness with 10 (the diamond) being the the highest. Care should be taking when wearing gemstone jewellery. Avoid knocks and scrapes to prevent damage and keeping it looking its very best. Below is a list of some of the most common gemstones used in the LULUROX collections. 

APATITE

Often found as small crystals, Hardness: 5 Mohs (as this is a soft mineral, extra care should be taken when wearing Apatite gemstones). 

Black Spinel 

Beautiful jet black sparkling gemstones Hardness: 8 Mohs

Emerald 

Birthstone for May. Hardness : 7.5 Mohs

Garnet 

Birthstone for January. Hardness 6.5-7.5 Mohs

Labradorite 

Also known as Spectrolite, displays an optical effect, known as iridescence: when light hits the stone at a particular angle it displays metallic tints of blue, green, yellow and violet. Hardness: 6 Mohs

Lapis Lazuli 

May also contain Pyrite resulting in gold coloured flecks. Hardness 5-5.5 Mohs

Moonstone 

Is a beautiful gem which displays a shimmer that moves as the stone is moved, known as adularescence. Moonstone ranges from transparent to opaque. Moonstones with a bluish/rainbow schiller is known as rainbow moonstone. Hardness 6 Mohs

Pearl 

Much softer than most gemstones, extra care should be taken when wearing pearl jewellery. That said, as an organic material they react well with our body’s natural oils helping to retain their beautiful lustre. Pearls may be wiped clean with a soft cloth and mild soapy water. Do not expose your pearls to excessive heat as this may cause them to crack. When not worn, store in a silk or cotton pouch, never store pearls in a plastic bag.  

Pyrite 

With a metallic luster, otherwise known as ‘fool’s gold’ as it is often mistaken for gold when mining. Hardness: 6-6.5 Mohs

Sapphire 

Birthstone for September. Hardness 9: Mohs

Spinel 

Comes in an array of beautiful colours ranging from light pink to jet black. Hardness: 8 Mohs