Can You Break a Diamond? And Other Engagement Ring Care Questions | Abby Sparks Jewelry (2023)

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A big concern for all of us when it comes to buying anything is quality. So when it comes to your engagement or wedding ring, we understand your concerns about wanting something that will last forever (you will be wearing your ring every day after all!). While the quality of stones and materials used in your engagement ring are a huge part of making your ring last for generations, most people don’t know that regular care and cleaning makes up the other half. Here are some tips to maintain your ring looking brand new, so that one day your granddaughter will see your ring and swoon.

Can you break your diamond ring?

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Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on earth. More information on diamonds.

Diamonds are the most popular choice for engagement and wedding rings because they are almost indestructible, meaning it is nearly impossible to break a diamond. Unlike some trendy engagement rings, diamonds rank the highest on the Mohs Hardness Scale, meaning that when it comes to the most durable stone, diamonds can’t be beat. Due to their hardness, diamonds can withstand the wear and tear of the everyday, but are sometimes so hard that they can inflict damage on your metal or accent stones.

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To do any damage to a diamond, it would take a major blow or hard impact. Diamonds are most susceptible to this kind of damage along edges where the cut of the stone comes to a point. Meaning certain engagement ring cuts like marquise or pear may be more susceptible to chipping when suffering hard impact. However, as long as you care for your diamond properly, there is minimal chance it will suffer any damage at all.

How Can I Protect My Diamond Ring?

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The Jordan diamond engagement ring has an emerald cut diamond in an east-west setting.

While the quality of the stones and metals you use when you design an engagement ring is a huge part of ensuring the lifetime quality of your ring, without proper care your ring is more susceptible to damage. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your ring in top shape.

Should I get my Engagement Ring Inspected?

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The Jessica was recently inspected at our studio.

Regular inspections are a game changer when it comes to protecting your ring. Getting your ring inspected by a jewelry professional at least once a year helps make sure that your ring is handling everyday wear and tear just fine. Abby Spark’s jewelry care, like our VIP Treatment, is offered to all of our clients once a year at no cost. During inspections, we check to make sure that your stones aren’t damaging your metal (or vice versa). We also tighten your settings to make sure that your stones don’t come loose and fall out, and that none of your diamonds or gemstones have suffered scratches or chips. We will determine if any repairs are needed. Keeping up with these ring inspections is the best way to keep your ring looking like it did the day you received it.

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Should I Get My Engagement Ring Professionally Cleaned?

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Keep you stones as brilliant as The Alexandrea.

Ring cleaning not only keeps your stones as sparkly and brilliant as they were when you first got them, but also keeps your ring wearable and comfortable. Your engagement ring goes with you everywhere, and unfortunately, that means everything else does too. Bacteria and germs love to lurk in the crevices between your stones and settings, and can cause irritation, dryness, and rashes to develop on your skin under your ring. If you start developing a rash after some months of wear, you most likely do not have an allergy to the metal in your ring (though that may be your first reaction), but instead are having a reaction to the germs that are hiding out there. Regular cleaning is essential to prevent ring rash. Ultrasonic cleaning is included with our yearly VIP treatment and we offer additional cleaning once per quarter with our ‘Dirty Parties’, but sometimes more cleaning may be needed. Here are a few at home remedies you can use for a quick fix to ring rash. Note: Some of these methods may damage softer gemstones and metals. Please consult Abby Sparks Jewelry or a certified jewelry professional before using these methods on your ring.

Use a Soft Toothbrush A simple and quick way to clean your ring is to use a soft toothbrush. Don’t use a brand new toothbrush, as the tough bristles could scratch your ring. Instead, take that old toothbrush you were going to throw out and with some dish soap and warm water scrub your ring all over. We recommend non-organic soaps like Dawn or Palmolive, because we have found they are the most effective. Use a very soft cloth, like a cotton t-shirt, to dry your ring when you are finished.

Hydrogen Peroxide and White Vinegar

This cleaning method is one we recommend that you please consult Abby Sparks Jewelry or a certified jewelry professional before using, because it may damage softer gemstones and metals. Use ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide and mix it with ½ cup of white vinegar. Let your rings soak in the mixture for about 30 minutes. Don’t worry if you see bubbles – they are from the peroxide and vinegar killing all of the germs on your ring (totally gross right?).

Boil Rings in Water

This cleaning solution should only be used on platinum and diamond rings, but again please call us, Abby Sparks Jewelry, or a certified jewelry professional before trying this method. Grab a pencil, chopsticks, a ruler, or any other object that you can lay across a pot filled with water to suspend your rings. Tie your ring to the pencil with a string, ribbon, or hair tie, so that they are submerged in the water, but not touching the bottom or sides of the pot. You do not want your rings bouncing around during the boiling because they could be scratched or damaged. Boil your rings for about 20 minutes. The hot water will kill any bacteria living on your ring. Before you put your rings back on, make sure your rash has healed. Even if they are clean, if you put your rings back on before your rash has healed, it will continue. Use some cortisone cream to heal the affected area quickly, so you can get back to flaunting your bling as soon as possible.

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How Should I Store my Engagement Ring?

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The Amelia custom bridal set in an Abby Sparks Jewelry Box.

To make sure your ring doesn’t get scratched or chipped by other jewelry or rough handling, make sure that your store it properly. We recommend keeping your engagement ring in its ring box or in a cloth travel pouch by itself. If you don’t have those things, you can store your ring wrapped in a soft cloth, like a handkerchief or soft cotton t-shirt. Using a paper towel or tissue will cause fibers to get stuck in your settings, so make sure whatever you are wrapping your ring in does not have loose fibers. For security, store your fine jewelry in a safe, and of course, make sure you have insurance!

When Should I Take my Engagement Ring Off?

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The Carrie looks stunning when worn, but if worn in the wrong circumstances it will lose its luster.

There are certain times when jewelry is more susceptible to damage, and it would be best to leave your ring at home if you know you are going to be doing the following activities:

  • Showering or Bathing: Water and hot temperatures can be risky for certain metals and gemstones.
  • Any form of exercise: An object in motion stays in motion…and has a higher chance of running in to hard surfaces.
  • Sleeping: Putting pressure on your ring can damage the setting or stones.
  • Cooking or baking: Again, lots of hard surfaces involved here.
  • Cleaning: Using harsh chemicals can damage your ring.
  • Swimming: In the ocean or the pool. Chemicals in pools can damage your stones, and you have a higher chance of losing your ring in water.
  • Putting on Sunscreen or Lotions: Not only can they make your stones look cloudy, but some lotions have chemicals that are damaging.
  • Certain Jobs: If you use your hands a lot, best leave your ring at home.
  • Crafting: Painting or ceramics can get messy for your hands.

While this is a lot of information to go through at first, proper care is essential to caring for your engagement ring. After all, your ring was major investment, right? We know that you want it to last. Caring for your ring doesn’t need to be difficult or time consuming. In fact, it’s as simple as bringing your ring to us once a year for a VIP treatment, or coming to get clean at a Dirty Party. Inspections and cleanings will keep your ring looking as if your partner just popped the question yesterday. So you can continue to continue to flaunt your ring candy for years to come. Book an appointment to talk with us about ring care.

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Kelsey Dickinson is Abby Sparks Jewelry’s Marketing Associate.

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Can you break a diamond in a ring? ›

Unfortunately, diamonds are not without their vulnerabilities. So, yes, diamonds can break. This comes with good news and bad news. The bad news is that no diamond is impervious to breaking, but the good news is that it is an extremely rare occurrence.

Can you break a diamond with another diamond? ›

How Do You Shatter a Diamond? Fun fact: The best way to cut a diamond is, ironically, using another diamond. When it comes to shattering one, however, a hard swing from a hammer will be enough to completely shatter a diamond. But besides that, small accidents can also take the sheen away from your diamond.

Can anything break a diamond? ›

While there may not be many naturally-occurring materials out there that are stronger than diamonds, certain man-made metals like tungsten and steel have a higher tensile strength. That means a direct hit with an ordinary hammer can absolutely break a diamond.

Can you break an engagement ring? ›

To do any damage to a diamond, it would take a major blow or hard impact. Diamonds are most susceptible to this kind of damage along edges where the cut of the stone comes to a point. Meaning certain engagement ring cuts like marquise or pear may be more susceptible to chipping when suffering hard impact.

How hard is it to break a diamond? ›

Technically speaking a diamond can be broken, but in actual practice, it is very difficult to break a diamond. You have to hit it in the exact right spot and then also ensure that you are using enough force.

Can a jeweler switch out a diamond? ›

Do Jewelers Swap Out Diamonds? Swapping diamonds would be extremely bad for any jeweler's business, and any accredited, independent jeweler will do everything possible to avoid it. This includes only removing your diamond from your ring when absolutely necessary.

Are cracked diamonds worth anything? ›

Are Broken Diamonds Worth Anything? Broken diamonds can be salvaged in two ways: They can either be re-polished & recut, or they can be traded in with a jeweler. However, recutting diamonds can be quiet costly, and is not an advisable solution unless the diamond is of particularly good quality.

Can you step on a diamond and break it? ›

Diamonds break when they are subjected to impact, and sometimes, when there is a buildup of pressure inside the stone (called strain), a slight tap in just the right place (or just the wrong place) will result in the stone breaking so the pressure can escape.

What mineral can break a diamond? ›

There is nothing that can scratch a diamond except another diamond. A mineral like talc, on the other hand, is a 1 on the scale. You could scratch it with any hard material, even your fingernail. Natural talc is one of the softest minerals in the world.

How fragile are diamonds? ›

Prior research has shown that diamond is the hardest known material but it is also fragile—despite their hardness, diamonds can be easily cut or even smashed. This is because of their ordered atomic structure. Scientists have tried for years to synthesize diamonds that retain their hardness but are less fragile.

What can break a diamond block? ›

Diamond Blocks can only be mined successfully with an Iron, Diamond, or Netherite Pickaxe. To get the Diamonds back, simply put the Diamond Block in the Crafting Grid to split it back into nine Diamonds. Diamond Blocks can be used to power a Beacon.

What happens if you break your engagement ring? ›

It doesn't matter which party is responsible for the broken engagement. If the condition (marriage) was not met for whatever reason, then the gift must be returned. Most western states follow the no-fault, conditional gift approach and award the engagement ring to the giver in a broken engagement.

What happens if you break an engagement? ›

Marriage, according to law, is sacramental. The marriage customs are recognized by the Indian laws and not 'Engagement'. There would be no legal consequences or penalties in the event that you breaking off an engagement with the individual whom you are engaged to since marriage was not solemnized by the laws.

What can ruin an engagement ring? ›

7 Ways Your Diamond Ring Can Be Damaged
  • Inherent Flaws. The number one reason a diamond becomes damaged is the presence of an intrinsic flaw (natural inclusion) in it. ...
  • Setting Accidents. ...
  • Cleaning with Harsh Chemicals. ...
  • Contact with Other Diamonds. ...
  • Frequent Contact with Saltwater. ...
  • Filing Mishaps. ...
  • Daily Wear and Tear.
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How much does it take to break diamond? ›

Modulus of rupture of diamond is around 3000 MPa. Around 6.000 tonnes or the weight of 100 trucks. That assumes perfect compression, so there is a mechanism to distribute the load perfectly on the sphere.

Can you keep a diamond you found? ›

If you ever find a diamond ring, or any lost property, don't assume that you can keep it. Always attempt to find the owner if possible, or turn the item in to the police. Most states will allow finders to keep the property if the owner does not show up to claim it after a certain time.

How to know if a diamond is real? ›

If you have a loose diamond to test, fill a regular glass about ¾ of the way full with water. Gently drop the diamond into the glass. If the diamond sinks to the bottom, it's real. If it floats at the surface or just underneath, it's likely a fake.

What is stronger than diamond? ›

The structure of boron nitride in its wurtzite configuration is stronger than diamonds. Boron nitride can also be used to construct nanotubes, aerogels, and a wide variety of other fascinating applications.

Is there anything harder than a diamond? ›

( -- Currently, diamond is regarded to be the hardest known material in the world. But by considering large compressive pressures under indenters, scientists have calculated that a material called wurtzite boron nitride (w-BN) has a greater indentation strength than diamond.

Can jeweler tell if diamond Real? ›

Many jewelers will appraise your stone free of charge and experts will often be able to tell immediately if your diamond is authentic or not. If your stone came with a certificate, your jeweler should be happy to take a look at it and tell you whether it is from a trustworthy source.

How much does it cost to move a diamond to a new ring? ›

Resetting a diamond generally costs anywhere from $100 to $500. Note that this cost covers only labor and may vary depending on the diamond's size and shape. The finished product—either ready-made or custom—has a separate price depending on the new setting and accompanying stones.

How can a jeweler cut a diamond? ›

Diamonds are cut with specialized tools that make use of diamond tipped phosphor bronze or diamond dusted steel blades. Such tools are used to exploit the structural weakness of the diamond by grooving and striking along specific tetrahedral planes.

Can a jeweler fix a cracked diamond? ›

The diamond can be repolished or recut so that the damaged area is removed or perhaps polished down and perhaps after only losing a little bit of weight, the diamond can look as good as new. If, however, the chip is rather large, or the stone is very small, re-cutting may not be a practical option.

Does jewelry insurance cover chipped diamond? ›

Generally, the answer is yes. Consult your policy and look at your coverage to be sure but a jewelry insurance policy should cover a lost diamond or a damaged diamond in your ring.

Can you sell a cracked diamond? ›

Diamonds USA is one of the largest buyers of loose stones, broken, cracked, and even flawed diamonds. Each flawed diamond will be individually inspected and appraised by professionals in the field, and we'll send you an offer within one business day of receiving your shipment.

Can heat break a diamond? ›

Diamonds don't shatter when exposed to high heats.

Because it takes millions of years to form diamonds below the earth's surface, they are exposed to massive amounts of heat and high pressure. As a result, diamonds are incredibly durable and aren't susceptible to damage from high heat.

Can you break a fake diamond? ›

A real loose diamond will not react to this extreme temperature change (they're made of extremely strong material). However, many fake diamonds – including those made of glass, cubic zirconia, or quartz – will break or shatter during this test.

Which stone is the hardest to break? ›

Diamonds are the hardest stone, while talc (for example) is a very soft mineral. The scale by which the hardness of minerals is measured is the Mohs Hardness Scale, which compares the resistance of a mineral to being scratched by ten standard reference minerals that vary in hardness.

What stone is harder than diamond? ›

Scientists have found a mineral stronger than diamond. They say lonsdaleite could be used to fortify industrial tools like drill bits and saw blades - AND teach us about the evolution of earth.

Can a toothbrush scratch a diamond? ›

Use only the softest of brushes on your diamond. Hard-bristled toothbrushes and scrub pads may scratch your diamond, marring its beautiful sparkle and lowering its values. Likewise, abrasive cleaners, like baking soda, powdered cleaners or even toothpaste, can damage your band.

How long will a diamond last? ›

In other words, if you are only going to wear a diamond on your finger at temperatures comfortable to humans away from high ion sources, then the diamond will last millions to billions of years.

Do diamonds lose their sparkle over time? ›

The oils, lotions and soaps you use everyday can leave traces that accumulate over time and create a filmy layer over the stones, making them lose their sparkle.

What blocks are hardest to break? ›

1) Obsidian

Both obsidian and its crying variant need 9.4 seconds to break using a diamond pickaxe and 8.35 seconds using a Netherite pickaxe. No other tool can be used to mine them.

How long does it take to break a diamond block? ›

BlockBlock of Diamond
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Can you break a diamond block with an iron pickaxe? ›

The most important item is an iron pickaxe. Diamond ore can only be mined with an iron pickaxe or better (better meaning gold, diamond, or netherite). If you try to mine diamonds with a stone or wood pickaxe, the block will break but you won't get anything from it.

Who gets the ring back in a broken engagement? ›

What happens to the engagement ring? The general rule is that where an engagement is broken, the engagement ring must be returned to the donor, which is the person who gave the ring.

What do you do when you hate your engagement ring? ›

Exchange or Return It

If your partner purchased the ring new, head back to the jeweler together. You could keep the center stone and have it changed to a different setting, or spend the afternoon trying on rings together until you find a completely new style that you both love.

Who keeps the engagement ring after a divorce? ›

Courts have ruled that engagement rings are conditional gifts, typically made by the husband-to-be to his fiancee. If the parties marry, then “the condition has been met,” and it becomes a “completed gift.” Therefore, the wife gets to keep the engagement ring as it is her non-marital property.

What are the reasons to break engagement? ›

Signs You Should Break Off an Engagement
  • You have poor communication skills.
  • You have different financial goals and values.
  • You aren't on the same page with family.
  • Show compassion to your ex-partner.
  • Tell your family and friends.
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Who owns the engagement ring? ›

The ring is kept by the recipient, even if the marriage never occurs and no matter who broke the engagement. Once the marriage occurs, most states view the gifting of the ring as complete. In the event of a divorce, the recipient of the ring is entitled to keep the gift.

What is a broken engagement called? ›

From at least the Middle Ages until the early 20th century, many jurisdictions regarded a man's promise of engagement to marry a woman as a legally binding contract. If the man were to subsequently change his mind, he would be said to be in "breach" of this promise and could be subject to litigation for damages.

Can hand sanitizer ruin diamonds? ›

A: Hand sanitizer is made up of rubbing alcohol and will not hurt diamonds or damage the integrity, value, or brilliance of your stone. However, excessive and repeated exposure to cleaning agents or hand sanitizer can make the finish on white gold wear a little faster.

Does soap damage diamond rings? ›

Most dish soaps contain a number of harsh chemicals and dyes that can not only harm the surface of the metals in your diamond rings, but can dull and scratch the finish of the diamonds themselves.

Does dish soap damage diamond ring? ›

Tried and true: soap and water

We recommend mild dishwashing soap (like Dawn). It is important to avoid dishwasher detergent, which is too harsh and could damage your diamond.

How much force does it take to break a diamond? ›

Modulus of rupture of diamond is around 3000 MPa. Around 6.000 tonnes or the weight of 100 trucks.

What can destroy a diamond? ›

A diamond is the hardest natural substance on earth, but if it is placed in an oven and the temperature is raised to about 763º Celsius (1405º Fahrenheit), it will simply vanish, without even ash remaining. Only a little carbon dioxide will have been released.

Do diamonds come out of rings easily? ›

Yes and no. One person might wear a ring for 100 years with no incidents but someone else could have a completely different experience with the same ring. Solid rings and settings with large diamonds are less vulnerable than thin shafts and prongs or delicate craftsmanship with melee and pave.

How can you tell if a diamond is real? ›

If you have a loose diamond to test, fill a regular glass about ¾ of the way full with water. Gently drop the diamond into the glass. If the diamond sinks to the bottom, it's real. If it floats at the surface or just underneath, it's likely a fake.

Can diamonds be shattered easily? ›

Diamonds do not shatter when dropped, but they may chip from powerful, accidental blows. They can also break when there is pressure buildup inside the stone called 'strain. ' A small tap results in breakage for the pressure to escape. While it is very rare for diamonds to break this way, it's a fact worth noting.

What can permanently damage a diamond? ›

Harsh chemicals like acetone, chlorine, bleach and other abrasive substances like baking powder and toothpaste will damage your diamond beyond repair.

Can bleach destroy diamonds? ›

Don't use harmful solutions

Chlorine bleach or abrasives (such as household cleansers or toothpaste) should never be used when cleaning diamond jewelry. Chemicals like chlorine can damage some of the metals used to alloy gold for diamond settings and abrasives can scratch gold and other metals.

Are diamonds glued to ring? ›

They don't use glue in jewelry with real diamonds. If your stone should happen to fall out of its setting you could super-glue it back on but it won't last for long. According, diamonds are too smooth and highly polished for glue, because glue needs some small rough spots to hold on to.

Is a lost diamond covered by insurance? ›

Your diamond ring is covered but maybe not the full cost.

The good news is that items of value that are lost or damaged are typically covered under your home insurance policy. After paying your deductible, your home insurance will likely cover the replacement of the ring – but only up to your single item limit.

How long does a diamond ring last? ›

A real diamond has no limits on its shelf life. A lab grown diamond made in the Diamond Foundry may look the same as a real one, but has zero resale value. The brilliance of the relationship may be gone, but the stone will shine forever. It won't lose its luster and it doesn't get worn out with time.


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