a·br​a·​sion | ə-ˈbrā-zhən


An abrasion is a mark or scratch on the surface of a gemstone caused by friction against another object. These marks can be subtle, like micro-scratches, or more pronounced, like chips or nicks.


  • Natural: Abrasions can occur naturally during the gemstone’s formation or over time through exposure to elements like sand, rocks, or water.
  • Wear and tear: Abrasions can also be caused by everyday wear and tear, such as rubbing against jewelry pieces or clothing.
  • Cutting and polishing: Improper cutting or polishing techniques can also leave abrasions on the gemstone’s surface.


The impact of an abrasion on the gemstone’s value and beauty depends on several factors, including:

  • Severity: Small, subtle abrasions may have minimal impact on the gemstone’s appearance or value. Larger or deeper abrasions can affect its aesthetics and reduce its value.
  • Location: Abrasions on the crown or face of the gemstone are more noticeable than those on the pavilion or culet.
  • Gemstone type: Some gemstones are more susceptible to abrasions than others.
  • Personal preference: Some people appreciate the character and history that abrasions can add to a gemstone, while others prefer flawless stones.

Caring for gemstones with Abrasions

  • Handle with care, avoiding contact with harsh chemicals or abrasive materials.
  • Clean gently with mild soap and water.
  • Consider professional cleaning or polishing for deeper marks.
  • Embrace the unique character of the gemstone and its story-telling abrasions.

Remember: While some value perfect, flawless gemstones, abrasions can add a touch of individuality and tell a story of the stone’s journey. Consider embracing the whispered tales etched on its surface and finding beauty in the unique character it brings to your jewelry piece.