Diamond rings and jewellery have been around for quite a while now. Even during the time of ancient tribes and monarchies, these have proven to be more than just an accessory. To some they are a symbol of nobility, stature and power. For others, it signifies and provides protection and healing both to the mind and body. Today, they are used as elegant accessories and even sentimental items and gifts. But even with their popularity, diamond rings and jewelries are still shrouded with various misconceptions. Know what these are and be better informed.
1st Misconception: They are indestructible and eternal. – They may rank high on hardness based on their grade at the Mohs scale but diamonds are not indestructible. They can last for years and even centuries but that does not mean that they cannot be damaged, scratched or chipped. Strong blows and mishandling can break them. Plus, diamonds can scratch one of its own.
2nd Misconception: Engagements are never complete without them. – Most people would connect engagements with diamonds but such has never always been the case. These all began with the ancient Egyptian belief that a love vein runs from the fourth finger directly to the heart. Rings were also a symbol of ownership and/or debt to the family rather than love. But as time went by, its symbolism changed and it was the Archduke Maximilian of Austria that who first presented a diamond ring to his betrothed Mary of Burgundy in 1477. The trend then happened and everyone followed suit but basically any gemstone ring can be used for engagements. There is no prohibiting rule here.
3rd Misconception: Bigger is always better. – This is not always the case. The quality of the jewellery item does not merely rely on size. Remember the 4 Cs or the cut, clarity, color and carat weight. The combination of these speaks of the stone’s value and quality best.
4th Misconception: They are extremely rare. – As a matter of fact they aren’t. How many of us do you think have diamond jewellery pieces? A lot actually. What makes people think that they are extremely rare is the fact that it is not easy to extract them from the earth. You have to literally blast and crush tons of rocks.
5th Misconception: Buying them over the internet is suicide. – No it isn’t. Diamond rings and jewellery are valuable but so are some designer bags and similar items that you can acquire over the World Wide Web. Sure there are bogus stores out there but online purchases are secure and even comfortable only if you know how to do so the right way.