I Thought Diamonds Were Indestructible?

Everybody knows that diamonds are extremely hard, it is a common phrase to hear that "diamonds are the hardest known material to man!" and indeed, diamond as a substance, is the hardest known natural material. 

What that doesn't mean though, is that diamonds are indestructible.

Diamonds can be broken, damaged, fractured, chipped and cracked, like every other precious gemstone and like all other types of rock. Every jeweller around the world sees damaged or broken diamonds on a regular basis and there is sometimes a rather uncomfortable conversation to be had when a client brings in an important piece of jewellery with a damaged diamond. Uncomfortable, firstly, because of the misconception that diamonds cannot be damaged and secondly, that they may have spent a lot of money buying the item. 

The sad fact is that accidents do happen and jewellery and gemstones, including diamonds, can and are, frequently damaged. Two things that have no bearing on the situation are the value, or how long a person has worn it for. The fact the wearer does not know how the damage occurred is also irrelevant.   

Jewellery and watches come into contact with other hard and sharp objects, sometimes without us realising and sometimes with tremendous force. This can understandably result in damage occurring. 

Diamonds Can Be Damaged

The fact that diamonds can be damaged should not put people off buying or wearing jewellery. There is no joy to be gained out of having beautiful jewellery sitting in a drawer, unseen, unadmired and unappreciated by anyone. Diamonds should be celebrated and worn with pride. If accidental damage does occurs, then seek out a very good jeweller. A working jeweller or one with diamond knowledge and the desire to try and help may be able to offer some solutions, such as having the diamond re-cut or having it re-set to hide any damage or prevent any further damage occurring.

And, make sure you are adequately insured. The likelihood is you will never need to claim, but if damage does occur, you will be glad you took out the right insurance policy.

I recommend specialist jewellery insurer T H March, but shop around and see which insurer is best for you.