The Moh’s Scale of Hardness ranks minerals, materials, metals and Gemstones on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best and the most durable). Cubic Zirconia ranks at an 8.5 hardness on the Moh’s scale and only objects that have the same or higher number can scratch it.
Can you scratch a cubic zirconia?
Cubic Zirconia can get scratched. It’s considered to be a relatively hard stone, but anything that’s harder than it is, has the potential to scar its surface. Cubic Zirconia falls between 8 and 8.5 on Mohs Scale of Hardness. That’s hard enough to be quite scratch resistant, but not scratch proof.
Can sandpaper scratch a diamond?
No, sandpaper cannot scratch a diamond. The hardness of sand paper grit ranges between 7 and 9 on the Mohs scale, which makes sand paper softer than a diamond. Many people use sandpaper to test if a diamond is real or fake.
What can damage cubic zirconia?
You can get cubic zirconia wet, but repeated exposure to water will damage the stone. It’s best to take off cubic zirconia jewelry when doing water-related activities like washing dishes, bathing, and swimming.
Can cubic zirconia be polished?
Most jewelers agree that polishing cubic zirconia can be a bit challenging. The right types of materials have to be used to buff out small scratches, which can cause a cloudy appearance in a CZ gem, without damaging the stone.
Is cubic zirconia fragile?
Although cubic zirconia is still durable, it does not compare to the hardness of a diamond; its rating on the Mohs Scale of Hardness is 8.5.
What can scratch a diamond?
There is nothing that can scratch a diamond except another diamond. A mineral like talc, on the other hand, is a 1 on the scale. You could scratch it with any hard material, even your fingernail. Natural talc is one of the softest minerals in the world.