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Do you think that the $800.00 smithsonite stone is too soft to withstand the wear and tear of wearing it as a ring ?

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I appreciate that you took the time to give me 2 answers to my question, thank you.

I am now wondering if Smithsonite is a softer stone, is it too soft to take the hits it would

get wearing it as a ring ?
asked Sep 1, 2015 by montecito98 (140 points)

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It is softer but you have to decide if it is fit for everyday rigors. It is too soft to risk making jewelry by faceting the stone. Opals you shouldn't even wear in freezing weather. I see it as a collector grade stone and as such it should be displayed not worn. But that is my personal feeling.
answered Sep 1, 2015 by Weasel (38,360 points)
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Smithsonite is very soft and it is very easy to scratch it. Its Mohs scale hardness is 4-4.5 (1 is the softest and 10 is the hardest stone).

This is what International Gems Society says: "In practical terms, this means that a gem softer than quartz will lose it’s polish and become dull simply from cleaning it. For this reason 7 on the Moh’s scale has become a standard for determining if a gem is hard enough for normal wear." source: https://www.gemsociety.org/article/hardness-and-wearability/
answered Sep 2, 2015 by Birthstones.eu (1,600 points)
Following minerals of similar hardness are also used in jewelry. Maybe you can compare:
Fluorite - hardness 4
Malachite - hardness 3.5 to 4
Rhodochrosite - hardness  3.5 to 4

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