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Diamond Jewelry Myths

When it comes to fine jewelry, there are many myths circulating that people still believe. Since the most coveted and cherished stone is the diamond, it makes sense there are a few diamond jewelry myths. While some tidbits are more fact than fiction, these 3 diamond jewelry myths are absolutely ungrounded and unacceptable for any refined jewelry collector to still believe.

Myth

Engagement rings must use diamonds.

Fact

While this stone played a role in the first recorded engagement ring, this tradition didn’t take full force right away. During 1447, Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring design that spelled out her initials in small diamonds, but this was before this stone was regularly mined. Most noble members initially used colored gemstones, more readily available than diamonds, following this basic beginning of the tradition. When diamonds were discovered and mined in Africa, and the DeBeers Mining Company started, the idea of a diamond engagement ring began to get its foothold in culture. While diamonds are often seen as the ideal choice for bridal jewelry, gemstones were the original normal and they are back in style today. More and more brides are either opting for a mixture of diamonds with colored gemstones or simply colored gemstones on their own for their engagement rings.

Myth

The clarity rating is the only thing that matters for radiance.

Fact

Clarity is essentially how much you can see through the stone or the ability to see through the stone with minimal inclusions obstructing the view. Many people incorrectly believe clarity effects radiance, but it has little to no effect on the matter. Radiance is created by the light that travels through the stone and is then pushed back out towards the surface. The radiance is dependent upon how much light is able to penetrate and travel through the stone which has little to do with clarity. Radiance has more to do with the overall cut of the stone since the surface of any stone is the most important factor contributing to radiance.

Myth

Carat is the only factor that affects the perceived size of the diamond.

Fact

This is one of those diamond jewelry myths that many people have a hard time accepting. Carat is the weight of the diamond, and the general consensus seems to be that the higher the carat, the larger the diamond will appear. However, the cut is also an important factor. For example, you could have two diamonds with the same carat weight in two different cuts, but one will appear larger. This has everything to do with the setting and the surface area the cut gives the stone. The larger the surface area and the more exposed the setting, the larger the stone will look.