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’ve seen plenty of chipped diamonds. In this post I am 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.
In other words if it hits a hard surface at just the right angle that little or big chunk will leap away leaving a sad emptiness where symmetry once lived.
Five Things to Consider First About Your Chipped Diamond Before You Take Action
1. The size of your diamond
2. The size of your chip
3. The quality of your diamond
4. The age and cut of your diamond
5. The sentimental value of the diamond
What About Sentimental Value?
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.
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.
Six Actions You Can Take With Your Chipped Diamonds
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Give the piece of jewelry with the chipped diamond to your niece or daughter.
The Danger of Hiding That Chip Under a Prong
This wouldn’t be complete without mentioning what a chip in your diamond means.
A chip means that your diamond is no longer whole and has a weakness. That chip can grow into a crack. That crack impedes the sparkle of your diamond and leads to a full on broken diamond.
If you hide a chip under a prong on a ring and that prong gets hit, it’ll pass that stress onto the chip.
Ways to keep that from happening if you chose not to have a diamond cutter re-polish or re-facet your diamond include, using it in earrings or a pendant where the chips won’t be stressed or noticed for that matter.
Another solution is to bezel set it to protect it from hits on the edge if you choose to use it in a ring.
Now you know what to do with chipped diamonds.
Your Personal Jeweler,