Broken Nails and Jupiter
To break a nail, ladies, is never good. To break a diamond…even less so. Nails grow back relatively quickly. Diamonds…not so fast. Hmmm, actually not at all. Believe me, I’m one Santa Barbara Jeweler that’s seen plenty of chipped diamonds. Here, I’m going to suggest six actions you can take with your chipped diamonds.
Even though they’re the hardest natural material this side of Jupiter, diamonds do chip and crack.
“Why do Diamonds Chip?”
Why? Without getting technical, diamonds can fracture and break along crystalline matrixes within the stone—especially when smacked on granite counter tops, rocks in the garden, and random well placed hard surfaces.
Four Things to Consider First About Your Chipped Diamond Jewelry Repair
- The size of your diamond
- The size of your chip
- The quality of your diamond
- The age and cut of your diamond
Talk it over with your Jeweler. Once you have the facts you need about your diamond’s value and the cost of the work, it’ll be easier to come to a decision.
Be sure to factor in the sentimental value and history of your diamond. The member of your family this diamond came from may have left little to be remembered by. This small symbol of family love could have great meaning to you or members of your family.
Old or antique chipped diamonds may look like nothing much to your Jeweler, but if it’s the only diamond from your Grandmother Hattie’s ring from the old country, it’s a priceless symbol to the family and worth fixing.
Six Actions You Can Take With Your Chipped Diamond
- Re-cut your diamond. Usually, small diamonds—those under .20cts, (1/5th of a carat,) or so—aren’t worth re-cutting. Larger diamonds—especially antique diamonds with sentimental value—can often be re-cut without loosing too much of the original stone. Ask your jeweler.
- Replace the chipped diamond for another. Smaller diamonds normally are replaced. A larger diamond with a very big chip may need to be replaced, as well.
- Trade up. If you’ve always wanted a bigger, cleaner, or brighter diamond… Now is the time to exchange your old 1/2 ct. chipped center stone with a full one carat sparkly one.
Cover the chip with a design element. Oftentimes, small chips can be covered over by one of the prongs holding it in its setting. Ask your jeweler if your setting will accommodate and hide your chipped diamond.
- Put the diamond in another piece of jewelry. Rings take more abuse than pendants and earrings. You might pair up the chipped diamond in your ring with a matching gem (non-chipped!) to make a pair of earrings. What do you do with the subsequent hole in your ring? See #3, above.
- Give the piece of jewelry with the chipped diamond to your niece or daughter.
Now you know what to do with your chipped diamond. As for your nails…there’s a great salon down the block. Ask for Rita. She does fabulous work. Tell her Calla sent you.