You are taken by the shiny crystals in your jewellery store’s online collection; however, got confused if they are real diamonds or just a piece of sparkling glass? If diamonds, are they really indestructible? And if it is not a solitaire diamond, should you stop yourself from considering it as your engagement ring?
Such strange myths have been associated with jewellery time and again, and what’s more interesting is the fact that even in this twenty-first century, there are still a lot of things we assume to be valid among such myths! Some of them have even subconsciously influenced our jewellery purchasing behaviours over the years. This shouldn’t happen; when it comes to styling jewellery, no such “rules” have to pull you back. So, here we’re debunking some of the most popular misconceptions around wearing jewellery.
1. Gold Comes In Different Colours
Due to the availability of gold in different forms as white gold, rose gold, and green gold, most people believe that gold exists in several colours.
However, be informed – gold is always YELLOW in its pure naturally occurring state. Others are merely alloys of gold made by mixing yellow coloured pure gold with other metals. For instance, WHITE gold is an amalgamation of nickel and palladium with gold, while ROSE gold is formed when silver and copper are combined with pure gold. Instead, if we have chosen to add just silver to gold, the final result would have been GREEN gold.
2. 9K, 14K &18K – All Are Impure!
As we all know, 24K gold is the purest form of gold. But, that doesn’t imply anything other than 24K is impure!
9K, 14K and 18K gold are made by mixing pure gold with alloys in different amounts to make it suitable for specific jewellery designs. Adding alloys into gold won’t alter its composition, and so, these shouldn’t have to be considered as ‘impure gold’.
Of these, 22K and 18K are mostly used for making jewellery in India. Overseas, they use mostly 14K and 9K.
3. Diamonds Are Indestructible
A perpetuating myth about diamonds is that it can’t be harmed ever.
Diamonds, in fact, are one among the hardest gemstones in the world with a TEN score on the Moh’s scale of hardness. But just try chipping your diamond by another diamond – your diamond will definitely get damaged!
4. Diamond Is The Rarest Gemstone
Perhaps, the most common myth!
Yes, large and high-quality diamonds are rare, but they aren’t the rarest gemstones. To name a few rarest ones would include Grandidierite, Csarite, Painite, Alexandrite, Benitoite, Red Beryl and Taaffeite.
5. The Bigger, The Better!
Another most common assumption among people is that the price point of a gemstone, especially diamond, entirely depends on its size.
But, this isn’t always true; the price of gemstones entirely depends on 4Cs – CARAT, CLARITY, COLOUR, and CUT. Diamonds with larger size and mediocre colour can sometimes cost lesser than diamonds with smaller size and better quality cut and colour. So, next time you buy diamonds or other gemstones, make sure to choose them based on their overall qualities, instead of focussing entirely on their sizes.
6. Engagement/Wedding Rings Can Only Be Solitaire Diamonds
Errr.. a big no! An engagement/wedding ring isn’t just an accessory, but a symbol of your love; so, take the freedom to consider anything that will warm up your heart – from ordinary diamonds to a bright sparkly gemstone for your ring!
7. Opals Bring Bad Luck
This is a long-standing belief that had arisen years before when France purportedly started spreading this rumour to ruin Britain’s opal industry. However, in fact, this delicate gemstone is considered as a symbol of good luck among different parts of the world and is admired among many jewellery lovers for its unique beauty.
8. Your Dreamy Pearls Come From Oysters!
Pearls have always been surrounded by tons of myths. One among this is that pearls can be obtained only from oysters. Most of the pearls indeed come from oysters or mussels. Yet, certain other species are also capable of producing pearls.
For instance, the Melo Melo marine snail is found to produce orange-brown Pearl, the queen conch StrombusGigas provides the Pink Conch Pearl, and the Haliotis Iris mollusc yields the blue-purple-green iridescent Abalone Pearl.
9. Pearls Easily Dissolve In Vinegar
This myth began long years before when Cleopatra threw pearls into her drinks to prove to Marc Antony that she is the wealthiest person in the world who could serve the most expensive meal of all time! Indeed, pearls are porous, and they can dissolve in vinegar; however, not as easy as history says. It takes a few days actually.
10. Sapphires Are Blue
Aww…that’s not necessary! Sapphires can either be BLUE, YELLOW, ORANGE, PINK or GREEN. The constituents and impurities in the sapphires dictate its colour. For example, the iron content in sapphires turns them yellow. In fact, red Rubies are also a kind sapphire as they both originate from the same mineral compound, corundum.
So, that’s a list of top ten jewellery myths we have come across quite often. We hope these were sensible enough to help you make better and informed decisions next time when you make jewellery purchases.
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