(Closed) I think my diamond broke!!!! :(

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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 # 5
3227 posts
Sugar bee

@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
1512 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
4713 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

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
38 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
9549 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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 # 13
5177 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

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
4286 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

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
134 posts
Blushing bee

Is it a princess cut? Mine looks like that from certain angles on all 4 sides. It’s just part of the facet structure.

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