Post # 1
… right on a tile floor. It dented two of the prongs, but they don’t look bent or moved. However, my diamond looks different. Something looks off in its symmetry, I can’t seem to see the arrows from any angle. The light looks different, almost like it’s splintered. I don’t have a loupe, but I don’t see any visible cracks or chips. I can’t really see underneath the stone to see if anything happened in there. I don’t see any evidence of it being loose. I’m bringing it to the jeweler after the holiday, but in the meantime I’m feeling pretty sick to my stomach about it. Does anyone have any knowledge that could put my mind at ease? Like, maybe the stone shifted a bit in its setting and now it’s just a little off center? Or could some kind of unreachable debris cause this effect? Google has been really unhelpful.
Post # 3
I highly doubt your diamond chipped or cracked. That is pretty difficult (impossible) to do by just dropping it in my experience and research.
I’m sure it just shifted and can be fixed by adjusting/replacing the prongs. Don’t fret!
Post # 4
Diamonds are one of the hardest stones on earth, tile shouldn’t chip or splinter it. It might have shifted slightly. Wait and talk to the jeweler.
Post # 5
It probably shifted. I have never heard of someone breaking their diamond, but loosening and shifting definitely happens. When I first got my engagement ring I dropped it and while it looked the same I could feel and hear the diamond was loose in its setting. I immediately took it to a jeweler and haven’t had issues in the past 2 years. Until you can visit the jeweler definitely don’t wear it.
Post # 6
I used to be pretty careless with my ring and dropped it often. The last time, it took a hard fall on tile and I heard the stone rattling afterwards, so brought it in to be fixed. I was really worried like you and did a bunch of Googling and read that a diamond can actually chip quite easily depending on how exactly it impacts something. Fortunately mine was ok and now I’m much more careful with it, but I was sick to my stomach about it for awhile too. Hope it all turns out ok — it sounds like the diamond might have just gotten nudged a bit.
Post # 7
A lot of people seem to think diamonds are almost impossible to damage. Not at all.
Diamonds are durable (resistant to scratches) but they aren’t invulnerable. They actually have perfect cleavage in all four directions, meaning a hit at the right spot can cause a diamond to crack. A fall on tile can definitely cause a crack if it hits right. They can also chip, etc. If you look at older stones, especially antiques, you can often see little chips on girdle, nicks at facets, etc.
For now, don’t wear it until you can get it checked out. Is your ring insured?
Post # 8
Diamonds actually get chipped or cracked like @raykay said, all the time! And once they do, it can make the center look off. I have even seen one get cracked by hitting it on the right/wrong spot in a wooden desk. Usually it would be desribed as cloudy, not splitery… but still. OP if you have a pic maybe that would help. I agree though, do not wear it until it ic checked out.
Post # 9
My ring is insured, so it’ll be okay even if my stupid ass damaged it. It’s very hard to get a pic of what’s happening, but it looks to me like whats going on inside is reflecting differently. IDK, it does not look cloudy at all. Here’s the best pic I can get, left=before right=after. I know the after pic isn’t completely straight, but I can’t seem to get it to center correctly with everything looking very symmetrical no matter which way I turn it, which was very easy to do before. Those are fibers near the dented prongs. Wouldn’t a chip or crack be pretty obvious? I def won’t wear it until I take it in, but in the meantime it’s really irking me.
Post # 10
I see what you mean in those pics but lighting does make diamonds look different. I can see you have a halo with a teeny gap. I think the main diamond may have been knocked a bit out of line with the halo. One of those things only bees would notice. If it is that a jeweller will sort for you.
Post # 11
Touch the stone with a sewing needle to see if it moves at all. If it doesn’t seem to be moving trying cleaning it gently with a soft toothbrush and dish soap, it might just have picked up some dirt when you dropped it.
Post # 12
Is it set into the halo? Or does your center stone sit above it? If the diamond’s girdle is protected by the halo I highly doubt you damaged it.
Post # 13
It’s set into the halo, the girdle is just barely visible, so I think you’re right.
Can’t move the stone, doesn’t sound loose. Gave it a good cleaning, but it’s hard to clean in the basket. I’ll just have to wait until I get it looked at. Thank you all for the helpful replies!
Post # 14
It’s possible the prong put a lot of pressure on that point and made a small fracture underneath, but you wouldn’t believe how one speck of dirt can make the whole diamond look dull, so hoping it’s that. Little ultrasonic cleaners aren’t too expensive, if it turns out to be that, and your ring will always be sparkly without a trip to the jewelers. Good luck!
Post # 15
Not impossible. I chipped my diamond. Don’t even know how I did it, but when I had it reset, they found the chip.