Post # 1
I noticed at dinner tonight that when I look at my ring from the side at certain angles there is a really dark shadow in it… I’ve never noticed this before and I’ve had the ring for a year and a half so I can only think that it’s new! 🙁 it was so noticeable that my husband even asked to see it… and well, he’s a guy and pretty oblivious… I thought it was just a shadow from being dirty or something so I cleaned it when I got home and it’s still there…
Are there any tests I can do at home to see if it broke somewhere? I can’t tell by looking at it and the nearest store is over an hour away… I’ll be heart broken if it is! 🙁
Here’s the best shot I could get of the shadow…
here’s a shot of it before I noticed it…. it’s a slightly different angle and lighting so it’s hard to tell…
Post # 3
I don’t believe your stone is broken. It is common to see a shadow when looking at your diamond sideways! I think you just never noticed it before, or never looked at your stone from that particular angle. Keep calm and take deep breaths. 🙂
When you get a chance, stop by any reputable jeweler (not at the mall, if possible) and ask them to have a look. I am sure they will reassure you that you are fine.
Post # 4
@tonights: thanks.. I’m kind of freaking out about it… I really hope it’s not… It looks fine from the top and the other angles. Although I can see this darkness from this angle all the way around my diamond… I can’t imagine it’s been there the whole time and I never noticed it, so I have no idea what happened… I didn’t hit it on anything or drop it or anything!
Post # 5
@o0olibelulao0o: I agree that I don’t think it’s broken either and get it checked when you can.. I’m sure it’s fine!
Post # 6
I sort of see the sahdow in the second picture as well. I think you’re ok. Get it checked out to make yourself feel better though.
Post # 7
Just found out this week that I managed to chip a tiny bit off the edge of my diamond. You can only see it under a microscope and I can feel it barely if I run my finger along that edge. I hadn’t noticed though until the jeweler pointed it out during a cleaning. She said that these things happen and that it doesn’t effect my high quality cut diamond. Still, I left the shop all self conscious like someone would notice from across the street that something was amiss and that my diamond was “ruined.” But it looks more beautiful than ever to me and I kind of like that there is an imperfection that only I know is there. Sure enough it still sparkles like a dream. I guess what I am saying is that once you convince yourself that there is something wrong with your stone you give into crazy delusions about it. Most likely there is nothing wrong or it is something relatively superficial. But even if you find out that there is something wrong rest assured that it will be something that no one will notice and after a week, you wont even notice.
Post # 8
That is “windowing” and is normal on diamonds. Just google windowing for more info.
Dont stress, it has been there the whole time, you just had not noticed it.
Post # 9
I kinda see the same shadow in both the pics. Still take it to the jeweler just to put your mind at ease.
Post # 10
I agree take it to jeweler…my friend had this happen to her last April. She was so depressed because she had to get a new center stone. She loved her stone because of its meaning you know? Take it in, don’t drive yourself crazy wondering. Better to know and go from there.
Post # 11
Diamonds are really incredibly hard. Like really really hard. They don’t really break. And it looks structurally fine. I agree with others that you probably just never noticed the shadow before, but get it checked out so you can get it off your mind.
Post # 12
@GelaMac: I kind of do too, it’s just in some light it looks like a black fracture mark instead of just a shadow… But I hope it’s fine!!
I don’t know when I’ll be able to make the trip to get it checked, but thanks for all the input ladies! I will get it checked as soon as I can!
Post # 13
Well, yes, diamonds CAN break. While harder to scratch, they actually are more susceptible to chipping and cracking, due to natural cleavage, than many “softer” gemstones, like sapphire. It does not even take much at times, just the right “hit” at the right point. I have seen a woman crack her diamond just on the drum of her laundry machine.
But, I do not from first glance think yours is a crack. Yours COULD be a reflection of dirt or something from elsewhere on the stone or the setting, that is not cleaned out by normal methods. Something could be lodged in the setting and needs ultrasonic or more scrubbing. The shadow itself to me does not indicate a fracture, especially not as you are seeing the shadow from the side.
Is yours by any chance an “enhanced” stone? There is the possibility as well that it has been fracture filled, and something has jarred that loose, removed or discoloured the treatment. Is there a chance your ring was set with any glue (not good, but it happens) that has become discoloured?
I would DEFINITELY go to jeweler and check. In the meantime, you *could* ask over on Pricescope if they have any ideas, and they have several gemologists who post over there who may be able to help, but it will still be guesswork for the most part until you get it checked in person.
Post # 14
Diamonds absolutely can break. They are hard yes, but as RayKay said, one good whack in the right place and you can chip or crack your stone. It is not that uncommon. A lot of diamonds on the antique market are repolished for this very reason. If you managed to crack it somehow I would think you see more of a haze in the area, rather than a black shadow. I would definitely get it checked though, just to be sure.
Post # 15
Is it a princess cut? Mine looks like that from certain angles on all 4 sides. It’s just part of the facet structure.
Post # 16
@RayKay: thanks for the information! I don’t think it’s enhanced, unless they didn’t mention that when we bought the ring (which would be a whole other problem lol)… I think your right that it could be some dirt or something lodged in a funny place that’s making a shadow that is probably always there a bit more noticeable… I work outside so it gets really dirty, I also didn’t take the time to really clean it I was so panicked. I’ll definitely get it check out but maybe I’ll give it a really good cleaing first. It isn’t bothering me as much today, although it is still there. Thanks!
@tayona: it’s a cushion cut, and I think it’s always had a little bit of a shadow, but this just seems a lot darker than I rememeber it looking like…