Have you ever broken a diamond?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Have you ever broken a diamond?
    Yes, once. : (7 votes)
    13 %
    Yes, several times. : (0 votes)
    Never. : (29 votes)
    55 %
    Diamonds break? : (17 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 2
    2855 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Diamonds are very hard.  They are used to cut things in inductrial settings.  I chipped a tanzanite once, but they are pretty soft….


    Post # 3
    400 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - Norton Country Club

    I was engaged 9 years ago and my then-fiance’s family gave us his great grandmother’s heirloom ring. This ring was about 90 years old and beautiful! Unfortunately, about a week after wearing it, I saw the crack. I was told it was because the setting was not done well and put too much pressure on the flat faces of the ring instead of the points of the diamond. Based on that, I could not find a jeweler who would replace the stone in that setting without modifying it first.

    It does happen, I’m sorry you’re dealing with that. If it continues to be an issue after this, I’d consider modifying your setting.

    Post # 4
    407 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    ChellFish22:  I read on your other post that your crack was an inclusion that spread. Once I thought I cracked my diamond so I did a lot of research and apparently a heavily included diamond is more likely to crack than one that is not. Inclusions make the diamonds weak at some points and if dropped in the right way, they can spread. Or something alone those lines Lol. If you end up getting a new diamond try to get one with minimal inclusions, or at least the type of inclusions that don’t affect the stability of the ring. I think feathers are quite detrimental from memory. 

    Post # 6
    1214 posts
    Bumble bee

    Diamonds can chip/crack. Diamonds are a 10 on the Mohs scale, which many people equate to being indestructable. However, that scale just measures the ability to scratch or be scratched by other substances.

    If you hit you diamond in the right place hard enough or if you drop it on a hard surface, you definitely can chip or break it.

    Post # 8
    1122 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Diamonds aren’t easy to scratch (though the whole myth about glass not being able to cut a diamond isn’t entirely true), but they are rather brittle and can rather easily be cracked, chipped, or even just plain broken depending on inclusions and where the diamond suffers the impact. They’re tough, but they’re not indestructable.

    Post # 9
    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I thought that your previous stone was uncertified? If it didn’t come with paperwork from GIA, AGS (or even somewhere like EGL or IGI which aren’t as accurate of labs), the “grade” the store is telling you is one they’re estimating themselves. More heavily included stones are more likely to have durability issues. “Feather” is a nice word for crack, and if a stone has a big feather, a well-placed smack to the stone can crack it right in half. Earrings aren’t as big a deal, because how often are you hitting your earlobes on the edge of a desk, on a car door, or on a concrete wall?

    Post # 10
    3254 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Yes diamonds can and do crack.  If you hit them just right things can happen.  I cracked a side diamond in my halo yet my center stone (an asha) was 100% OK.  The side stone was replaced but you always have to be careful with fine jewelry.

    Post # 11
    980 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I know diamonds are very hard to crack, but if you hit it just right (esp on an inclusion) they can crack. It’s not super often, but it does happen. I totally understand you being weary with Kay’s though.

    After your ring comes back maybe you should consider getting it insured seperately (you may have idk). I pay $30/ year through Jewelers Mutual and it covers theft,loss,damage and mysterious dissapearence, with 0 deductible. Then you wouldnt have to screw with Kay’s if you don’t want too.

    Post # 12
    980 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I have heard that by law a jeweler can claim a diamond is 1 grade away from what it really is. Anyone know if thats true??

    Post # 15
    107 posts
    Blushing bee

    ChellFish22:  Slightly off-topic.  I’m not a fan of SI grades.  They’re supposed to be eye clean, but some inclusions can easily be seen with the naked eye.  Apparently, they’re graded from a top view; looking at it from any angle not directly above (looking down) may reveal visible inclusions.

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 2 months ago by  Legion.
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