If any fact about the diamond is well known all around the world, other than it being highly precious and extremely beautiful, is that it is the hardest element yet found by mankind. On the other hand, the diamond, whatever else it is, is certainly not indestructible. Even if you take a look at the certificate of the diamond you are buying - and you should certainly do that with the utmost care, you might find in it mention of scratches on the surface of the stone. This usually happens if the diamond has been set upon the metal by a rather unskilled jeweler, or if it has been handled too roughly. Now keep in mind that the possibility of damage to a diamond depends upon its quality and the way it has been handled; colour and carat has nothing to do with it. So, a yellow diamond stands as much chance of being despoiled in the hands of a careless person as the pristine white diamond.
In many cases, a diamond might not be of a very good quality. This might make it more prone to scratches on the surface and even to shattering. The latter becomes all the more possible if the stone has ‘feathers’ or hollow pockets within its structure, that is, in between the crystalline carbon bonds. This makes the overall integrity of the stone weaker, making it susceptible to crumbling under pressure. However, if you have procured a really good diamond whose quality you are sure about, it depends upon you to maintain the sheen and sparkle of the gemstone in brand new condition.
For starters, avoid keeping diamonds in close contact with each other. This is to be said both in the case of loose diamonds a well as diamond studded jewellery. Being the hardest element known to man, not many things can cause these gemstones to suffer scratches, but as anyone will tell you, only a diamond can be used to cut another stone like it. Keeping a couple of these rocks together is almost a sure shot way of getting both of them damaged to some degree. Keep them carefully wrapped in soft material, and away from each other. There should be only one piece of ornament or one stone in each individual encasing.
Like anything else, the jewellery you buy is not going to last forever, even if you have paid up and arm and a leg for it. The only choice you have is to take a lot of care of the same. With the passage of time, the stones set in your ring, earring or necklace is going to come loose. This is bound to happen at one point of tie or another, although the appearance of this defect depends upon the quality of the rock, the design followed for the setting of the same, the metal used and, last but not the least, the skill of the jeweller that made the ornament. On an average, a moderately well set diamond will take about six months to come loose in its socket. Take the ornament and give it a slight shake holding it to your ear. If you hear a faint rattle, it is time to take it to the diamond store or jeweller to have it reset.
While fashioning the diamond into an ornament, be careful about the metal you choose. While these stones will add brilliance to almost everything they are set upon, hard metals are the best option, so go for gold and platinum. Platinum, of course, is the best choice, it doesn’t only offset the brilliance beautifully, it is also the hardest metal found and can be trusted to secure the diamond in its place for the longest span of time.
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