It’s no secret that diamonds can cost a lot. Even the cheapest, lowest carat diamond will probably cost you a good chunk of your savings. The diamond cost, however, is often considered secondary to the sentimental value that they generally hold. Thus, they are often very valuable to the owner who associates a diamond with their wedding or engagement. Diamonds have a reputation for symbolizing strength, prosperity, and eternal love. Their durability has only made this characterization more prominent but the question is, are they invulnerable or can you scratch a diamond? Are artificial diamonds stronger than real ones?
Can You Scratch a Real Diamond?
While incredibly tough, diamonds are still vulnerable to scratches just like other gemstones. The Mohs’ scale (scale of mineral hardness) specifically defines hardness as the resistance to being scratched. Diamonds score a perfect ten on the scale, making it the toughest substance out of more than fifty that are on the scale. Additionally, diamonds are used for industrial purposes like drilling, cutting, and polishing. So they are as tough as anything one can use in their ornaments.
Several factors can influence the susceptibility of a diamond to scratching. Often enough, the placement of the diamond leaves it extremely exposed to any external sources of damage such as scratching. While this is done to make the stone look better, it also makes it easier for it to be damaged.
Luckily, one can easily buy insurance to protect oneself from the event that their diamond does end up with scratches. Depending on the severity of the scratch, repairing the diamond might entail getting the diamond re-cut or re-polished. Re-cutting the diamond will reduce the value of the diamond since it reduces the carats (weight) of the gem. It is also an expensive and long process. When the scratch on a diamond is bad enough, some people might decide to buy a new one altogether and avoid all the hassle that comes with fixing it.
Are Artificial Diamonds Easier to Scratch?
‘Artificial’ diamonds are only called thus due to the fact that they are produced in labs. Whereas real diamonds are found buried deep within the surface of the earth. Lab-grown diamonds are the result of mimicking the environmental conditions that form the real diamonds. Artificial diamonds are chemically and optically the same as diamonds that are found under the earth, which were formed billions of years ago. Thus, they are not any easier to scratch than other diamonds. These diamonds are visually indistinguishable from real diamonds. Even expert gemologists will need advanced equipment to differentiate between the two.
Tips on Keeping Your Diamond From Getting Scratched:
- Take off your diamond jewelry before performing physically intensive tasks such as household chores, bathing, playing sports, gardening, etc.
- Do not store loose diamonds with other diamonds or gemstones. They will all smash against each other endlessly, making scratches inevitable.
- Schedule appointments with your jeweler at least once a year to make sure that the diamond is in good shape, its prongs aren’t loose, and the diamond is safe.
Be Careful While Cleaning Your Jewelry at Home
- Using toothbrushes to give its pristine shine is common advice online, but be sure to only use one with soft bristles. Even then, be extra careful of brushing too vigorously near the prongs.
- Do your research before shopping for a diamond. Avoid cuts that expose the diamond to contact with hard surfaces in your daily routine. Furthermore, choose the setting, girdles, and tension settings to make sure the diamond is as protected as it can be.
- In case your diamond does scratch, stop wearing it immediately since you risk making it worse if you keep wearing it.
- Never use toothpaste to clean your diamond jewelry. This is another popular tip online, but it can cause severe damage to your valuables.
- Diamonds are black holes for dust and moisture. Touching the gemstone will result in oil from our skin accumulating on its surface. Avoid excessive contact of your skin with the diamond.
- In the case of engagement rings, get your ring re-sized at appropriate intervals. Failing to do could result in the ring sliding off your finger and scratching.