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Some gemstone beads are softer than others. The Moh's Scale of hardness will let you know the strength of each gemstone. This is important when purchasing gemstones for making handmade gem stone jewelry. It is important to treat soft gemstone beads with a delicate hand and to clean and store them carefully. You should never wear soft gemstones while swimming in salt water or a chlorinated pool. Only clean soft gemstone beads with commercially prepared cleaners that are designed for soft gem stone jewelry. Here are some of the most common soft gemstone beads.
· Lapis Lazuli