I…DROPPED…MY…RING…

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Sorry you dropped your ring. If it was me, I would take it in to the jewelers and have it inspected to make sure nothing got knocked loose or cracked. Any jeweler will check and clean your ring for free, even if you didn’t purchase the ring there.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Dude diamonds do not crack easily, at all. The word diamond actually means ‘unbreakable’ in Greek. You should really stop worrying, I guarantee you will drop it many times over the years.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Also wanted to add that there really isn’t anything natural that is harder than a diamond. If you are worried about the prongs or the setting, fair enough but as for cracking the stone, IMO your worry is unfounded.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

It probably didn’t get damaged; however, if one of the prongs wasn’t tight, one of the diamonds could have got knocked loose, if it hit the radiator and/or the floor hard enough.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@plantains: Agreed! Diamonds are said to be the hardest naturally occuring substance in the world…this is why they use lasers and special tools to cut them. I’ve been told that nothing you interact with in the natural world will scratch, break, or crack a diamond. Put your poor heart at ease!! Good thing it didn’t go down the sink or get caught in the radiator!!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Do you have insurance on your ring? If not, I would highly suggest it. Then you can wear it anytime and if anything happens you’re covered! My philosophy is I’d rather it get damaged from me wearing it than from me taking it off to do something and losing it or dropping it in a vent or something.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@plantains: Diamonds are extremely hard, but they’re not quite as tough. Sometimes they do crack and chip. They have a “cleavage plane” like most other gems, which means they’re more easily broken at a certain angle. Hit it the right way and it can break.

But it sounds like your diamond is fine. If you can’t see anything obvious, it’s unlikely anything happened. You can always take it to the jeweler to get it checked out, just in case. 🙂

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ve had the heartattack moment a few times. I took a seasonal job at Macy’s last year and people were buying coats and asking for dress bags, well the dress bags come in huge rolls (and sometimes 2 come out together so they get shoved back in) and my ring needed resized because I had lost some weight. I went to get a bag for someone, my ring slipped off in the box, and I couldn’t find it/didn’t realize right away.

My daughter wanted to wear it one day and then couldn’t remember where she put it. (In defense of this, we didn’t go anywhere and she never left the room until after she took it off)

I’ve almost dropped it down the the sink drain. I had to throw my hand over the drain.

So, now I’m a bit crazy about it too. Get it checked to make sure nothing is loose, this does happen, and the only time I’ve seen a “broken” daimond was when a woman took it into a jewelry store and said she knocked it on a table. It looked as if it had been ran over or something, the whole ring was in that bad of shape.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

diamonds are like the strongest substance on earth.  The only reason they crack is if there is a really bad flaw in them internally.  Your GIA report should tell you what types of flaws your diamond has.  I think you are worrying for no reason though.  I’ve dropped my ring plenty of times and bang it on things all the time.  I only get it checked at the jeweler’s every 6 months and it is always fine.  Diamonds are meant to be unbreakable.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@plantains: @mrs.peters.to.be:

Diamonds are HARD, but that only means they are difficult to scratch. That’s a different property from toughness, which is the ability to resist breaking. It’s actually not unusual for diamonds to chip or break from hard impacts. One of my mom’s diamonds cracked all the way through. She can’t even remember what from, she probably whacked the ring on something and didn’t notice at the time.

So OP, consider it your lucky day! I’m so glad for you that your diamond was unscathed. 🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@amariem25:

“The only reason they crack is if there is a really bad flaw in them internally.”

That’s not really true. Flaws can cause a diamond to break more easily, but diamonds have what are called “cleavage planes” that mean they can break quite easily if struck from a certain direction.

From Wikipedia: Somewhat related to hardness is another mechanical property toughness, which is a material’s ability to resist breakage from forceful impact. The toughness of natural diamond has been measured as 2.0 MPa·m1/2,[17] and the critical stress intensity factor is 3.4 MN·m−3/2.[18] Those values are good compared to other gemstones, but poor compared to most engineering materials. As with any material, the macroscopic geometry of a diamond contributes to its resistance to breakage. Diamond has a cleavage plane and is therefore more fragile in some orientations than others. Diamond cutters use this attribute to cleave some stones, prior to faceting.[19]

From allaboutgemstones.com: 

In gemstones with perfect cleavage such as diamond, tanzanite, or topaz the faceting must be angled so that it runs transverse to the cleavage-plane, making the cut stone less vulnerable to breakage. Any drilling of the stone should be done perpendicular to the cleavage plane.

 

So ladies, please stop drinking the DeBeers koolaid, and BE CAREFUL with your diamond rings. Diamonds are not some kind of miracle substance, they are not literally “unbreakable.” I would hate to see someone devastated that they’ve ruined their e-ring because they thought diamonds can never break. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’m sorry if I am re-iterating what others have said, but I would have them look over the ring next time you bring it in for a cleaning.  But I am sure the ring is fine since it is difficult to crack a diamond.  It is a scary feeling though, to drop your ring!  I’ve done it before.

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