Caring for Moonstone

Moonstone is only rated as a 6.0 to 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. This means that the gem is quite soft and is easily scratched or marred by many objects. It addition, the moonstone is a fragile gem because it is a feldspar with internal fissures. A sharp knock against a harder object can cause it to shatter.
Depending on your lifestyle, durability concerns can make moonstone a poor choice for an engagement ring. If you work with your hands or plan to wear your ring every day, you may want to select a different center gem. If you love moonstone and want a more durable ring, choose one with a protective bezel setting rather than claws. The metal surrounding the gem can help support it and offer a buffer against damage.
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