(Closed) Chipped Diamond!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m pretty sure that if a “diamond” chipped, chances are it wasn’t a real diamond.

Diamonds are the hardest substance that can be found in many normal situtations (rated 10 on Moh’s hardness scale). They are virtually impossible to scratch. So unless another diamond smashed against it really, really hard, then I cannot imagine how this could happen… but even then the chip that would occur would be an internal one, not taking a chunk off the diamond.

Post # 5
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6207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

 

@thenextmrsi:  Chipping is way different than scratching. Diamonds are harder than other substances, which is why it is hard for them to be scratched, but if there are internal flaws in the diamond to begin with, it is entirely possible to be chipped.

Do you have any kind of warranty? You might be able to get your jeweler to replace it.

Post # 7
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595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@thenextmrsi:  +1

The only other thing that I can think of that would cause it to break is that it was damaged when the diamond was initially cut.

Post # 8
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1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MeiFrancis:  +1 … Diamonds are very HARD but they’re not very TOUGH. Hardness is the ability to resist scratching but toughness refers to their ability to resist chipping. It is very possible for a diamond to chip.

With all that said, if you’re not banging your ring around (chipping would probably be more due to hitting the diamond rather than rubbing, so wearing it on your dominant hand might actually be worse?), the diamonds probably shouldn’t chip. Can you go back to the jeweler you got it at and ask them to take a look at it?

Post # 11
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6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve heard of diamonds chipping. Did you bang it against something? Go to your jeweler and have it replaced, hopefully they won’t charge you even though the warranty ran out!

Post # 12
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1815 posts
Buzzing bee

It is absolutely possible for diamonds to chip.

I’m not sure, but I would think having the chip would make it weaker and more susceptible to chipping? Could be completely wrong though. You’re probably better off replacing it (hoping it’s a small one).

Post # 13
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2270 posts
Buzzing bee

Hardness does make diamonds very resistant to scratching and they are very tough but the girdle is at risk of chipping. Moissanite is actualy tougher than diamonds and less likely to chip because it is tougher and has less faults.

Post # 14
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5969 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

You can chip or crack a diamond, the stress of the setting combined with just the right bump on a corner or doorway and oops!  Chipped!  Check with your jeweler and see if you have a warrantee or service plan that would replace the stone.  If not, most homeowners insurance policies have a limit for jewelry, and would pay for the repair, however, I cannot stress this enough, schedule your wedding set otherwise mysterious disappearance is not covered!

Post # 15
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3243 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Nona99:  ITA.  It is completely possible to chip a diamond by just hitting/knocking the right way on the right surface.  

Get it repaired and if you don’t have it covered on an insurance plan than get it appraised after the repairs and look into Jewelers Mutual Insurance at: http://www.perfectcircleinsurance.com/

Post # 16
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483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@PinkMagnolia:  The GIA will not certify a band, they would rate each stone individually.  So, you should have a GIA cert for each stone.  If you only have one certificate it’s probably from a lab with lesser grading standards.  

Did you have it independently appraised?

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