Shopping for jewelry can be complicated, given that there are so many choices, price ranges, and styles to choose from. Add the fact that there are a great deal of myths out there relating to jewelry, the decision can be even more difficult. How are you to know what to really look out for? What are some known jewelry myths that you can just disregard? Let us attempt to bust some of the greatest jewelry myths of all times once and for all so you can focus on what is really important.
A Fancy Brownish Greenish Yellow Heart Diamond Halo Ring
1) Diamonds Are Indestructible
The first myth that we will focus on is something that most people really believe to be true: that diamonds are indestructible. Since one of the things that diamonds are most known for is how durable they are, it is easy to understand how this can to lead one to believe that they are indestructible. So, let’s clarify: diamonds may be the hardest substance known to man, but this does not mean they cannot be destroyed or damaged. It certainly doesn’t mean they can’t crack or chip. In fact, sapphires and rubies, which rank lower on the Mohs scale of hardness, are less prone to chipping than diamonds are!
Read more about how to prove a diamond is real!
A 19.65 carat, Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond, Radiant Shape, VVS2 Clarity, GIA
2) Biting into Gold
For decades (if not centuries) it has been believed that biting into gold will help you detect gold-plated metal or fake gold. Though it is true that gold is softer than teeth and thus should be able to display teeth marks, there is so much wrong with this myth. For starters, there are many other soft metals such as silver and lead. Both could easily be coated in gold, and would pass the “biting” test. Similarly, white gold and rose gold, which are officially alloys (which are placed on top of the yellow gold), are considered real gold and due to the other metals added to the alloy might not pass this test. Therefore, biting into gold is not a foolproof method for checking the authenticity of your gold.
3) Gold Colors
If you have shopped around a bit for jewelry you will have noticed that gold items can appear in several colors. This has led many to believe that gold is found in a variety of colors, just like gemstones. However, this is false. Gold is found in one color alone: yellow. All of the other varieties come to be when additional metals are mixed with the gold. White gold, for instance, can be the combination of gold, nickel, and palladium that is then painted on top of the yellow gold.
Read more about the different types of gold most regularly used with fine jewelry.
A brilliant video where Leibish & Co. shows jewelry with more both white and yellow gold
4) The 12 Birthstones Came from the 12 Tribes of Israel
Like all myths, there is some truth to this one. The ancient breastplate worn by the Jewish High Priest in the times of the Temple consisted of 12 gemstones that represented the 12 tribes. The idea of having a gemstone represent each month of birth came from how the ancient stones represented the tribes on the breastplate. Having said that, that’s where the truth to the myth ends. The stones weren’t selected to correlate with each month for a specific reason; rather, they were quite randomly selected to symbolize each month in the aftermath of the arrival of Jewish gemstone traders to Poland in the 19th century. It was only in the beginning of the 20th century that the modern birthstone list came to be, and for the most part it hasn’t been changed since. Still, if you want to learn more about what your birthstone is, take a look here.
An 81.04 carat Aquamarine stone
Most myths won’t cause one to make a terrible mistake, however, by busting some of these myths you will hopefully realize the importance of looking into every detail regarding your piece of jewelry. Don’t take anything for granted, and don’t believe everything you are told. Do some research and shop around. The more you know, the more you are armed with, so the easier it will be to spot a scam.