Gemstone Beads / Hardness and Grade Scale?
For those of you that use natural gemstones – what hardness do you use?
According to the research a hardness of 7 or higher is preferred for everyday wear.
Have you used different hardness scales without a problem or customer complaints?
Also what grading do you often buy? Does grading matter in handcrafted jewelry?
A-grade and B-grade jewelry is the highest quality plus more costly, so it’s often used in fine jewelry.
Although I am offering handcrafted jewelry, I want it to be just as good as fine jewelry.
I also want people to want my handcrafted jewelry (we all do) without thinking it’s inferior to fine jewelry.
Am I thinking too much and going overboard?