Do you ever hear crazy jewelry myths and wonder how to tell if they are true or not? There are lots of “facts” about jewelry circulating out there that aren’t really facts at all! With so many people telling you different things, how can you know whom to believe? I’m here as your trusted source with some of the most common jewelry myths we hear today, and why you can disregard them as crazy rumors. Keep on reading to hear what they are!
1. Bite Gold to Check Its Authenticity
We’ve all heard this one; it’s probably one of the most common jewelry myths out there! Real, pure gold is soft, and so it’s possible to leave teeth marks in it if you bite hard enough. However, lead is soft too, and some dishonest people have been discovered to paint lead with gold color and sell it as false gold. Don’t rely on this method for testing gold to see if it’s real!
2. Diamonds Are Indestructible
It’s true that only a diamond can scratch another diamond. We know these little treasures are tough! But diamonds have been know to chip or crack if they aren’t cared for properly, so you should still take extra care of your diamonds to see them last. Cleaning them often is advised.
3. Opals Will Bring on Bad Luck
Opals seem to have had an on-again-off-again reputation throughout history. In early times, Romans considered them to be a strong good luck charm of high value. As years passed by, they became a symbol for misfortune and bad luck! Today, we know that they are only a precious stone. Black opals are considered to be a very rare treasure indeed!
4. Gold Has Several Colors
When you go into a jewelry store, you are told gold comes in 3 different colors; white, yellow, and rose. This isn’t really true! When gold is mined, in its true and pure form the color is yellow. Mixing other compounds in with the gold creates colored gold. While white or rose gold can still be quite valuable, it will never be pure gold.
5. A Diamond’s Value is Based on Color
Every diamond is valuable, but some say the blue diamond is the highest in value. While it is indeed a very precious stone, color isn’t the only thing to determine a diamond's value! Several things should be taken into consideration when determining the value of a diamond, including cut, clarity, and carat weight. These, combined with color, will give you the best over-all value.
6. Pearls Can Be Dissolved with Vinegar
There is somewhat of a bit of truth to this jewelry myth, but not enough to matter. It would take a very long time for vinegar to dissolve a pearl, and the pearl would need to be crushed. So in hindsight, it’s partially true, but nothing to really concern yourself with, unless you have plenty of time on your hands to dissolve crushed pearls!
7. Diamonds Are the Rarest Stone
It’s true that some of the colored diamonds can be extremely rare and difficult to find, but diamonds themselves are not quite so rare. Some people might think this is the case, but they should check out the Guinness Book of World Records! There, they would find that the painite is the rarest gem of all.
These are several of the jewelry myths that I’ve heard, but I’m sure there are lots more funny myths about jewelry out there! Have you ever heard a crazy myth about jewelry? If you ever have any questions, just ask a professional jeweler, they can set your mind at ease! Please comment below with any questions or jewelry myths you have heard before!