We’ve all collected bits of jewelry knowledge over the years, some from family, friends and the clerk at the department store jewelry counter.As a child I was under the impression that my grandmother’s crystal brooch contained sapphires and diamonds.I believed this for a very long time… that is until my aunt had it evaluated and we found out it was nothing but sparkling glass in a silver setting.So whether you’ve been misled by family folk tales or a jewelry salesperson, here’s a list to help debunk the most commonly believed jewelry myths around.
Diamonds are Indestructible
While diamonds do rank the highest on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, they are far from being damage-proof.Yes, it is true that only a diamond can scratch the surface of another diamond, but any hard blow, especially at the outer rim, can result in the diamond chipping, fracturing, or even breaking.
You Can’t Mix Metals
If you're one of those people that only wears yellow gold with yellow gold, white gold with white gold, rose gold with rose gold, sterling silver with sterling silver, you should reconsider your jewelry styling. Some individuals go so far as only buying jewelry in their favorite metal and won't consider anything else. The fact is, some stones look better in certain metals. For instance, you are going to get the best look with Turquoise stones when they are set in sterling silver.
Diamonds are the Rarest of Stones
Although colored diamonds, called "fancy" diamonds, can be extremely rare, diamonds in general are not. Although some believe alexandrite and red diamonds to be the rarest, The Guiness Book of World Records declared painite as the rarest gem mineral in 2005. Despite this myth being untrue, diamonds are still highly cherished.
There are Many Types of Gold
There is white gold, rose gold, black gold, green gold, pink gold and so on, but there really is only one type of gold. Gold is naturally golden in color and is taken in its pure form and mixed with other metals or alloys to create different shades used in jewelry. They do not mine white gold, rose gold or any other color out of the earth because pure colored gold doesn't exist.
Semi-Precious Stones Are Inferior to Precious Ones
Semi-precious is a misleading term that often makes those of us that were born in April, September, July, or May feel fortunate (diamond, sapphire, ruby, and emerald birthstones respectively).There are only four precious stones but there are many semi-precious ones. Some rare and valuable semi-precious stones include alexandrite, demantoid garnet, tanzanite, and aquamarine.
Larger Stones Mean Better, More Expensive Jewelry
The larger the stone, the better the jewelry is not always true.There are multiple other factors that define value. For instance, a 10K gold ring in a basic setting with a poor-quality 5 carat emerald will be considerably less expensive than an 18k gold ring that has a well-made designer setting with a 1 carat high-quality emerald.So you see, the bigger the better, is not always true.
You Can Clean Your Jewelry with Toothpaste
I remember as a child, cleaning pennies with an old toothbrush and toothpaste, and I was always astonished at how the pennies went from looking dark and dirty to shiny and new. The same principle applies to cleaning gold, the toothpaste is an abrasive that can polish gold to a new finish. The only problem is that toothpaste has a multitude of other ingredients that make it hazardous for gold cleaning. Your gold could become discolored, uneven, and rough and you could even significantly damage the luster and finish on the stones using this method so it's best to leave the heavy polishing to a polishing cloth designed for your type of jewelry or your jeweler.
You can Tell if a Piece of Gold is Real by Biting It
Well maybe, but it's not a good idea. The truth is, gold is a relatively soft metal and human teeth are strong enough to leave a mark. The purer the gold, the softer it is. However, crooked people have been known to paint lead with gold color to dupe buyers, since lead is just as soft.
Pearls Can Easily Be Dissolved in Vinegar
According to legend, Cleopatra dissolved an extraordinarily valuable pearl in vinegar and drank it to prove to Marc Antony she could throw the most elaborate and expensive feast of all time. According to modern science, the calcium carbonate in pearls does dissolve in vinegar, but how fast depends on how big the pearl is. If it's crushed it will dissolve more quickly.We may never know if Cleopatra really did drink dissolved pearls, but as far as whole pearls quickly and easily dissolving in regular vinegar the myth is definitely false.
A Diamond is Valued by its Color
Although "blue" diamonds are sometimes regarded as the most expensive, there are actually several things that should be considered in combination when purchasing a diamond -- color, cut, clarity and carat weight are all important no matter what the color is.