7 Jewelry Myths You Hear ...


7 Jewelry Myths You Hear ...
7 Jewelry Myths You Hear ...

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!

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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!


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


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!

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This is good information, and as a Graduate Gemologist, I'd like to comment on a few things. First, for pearls it's called the tooth test, and please don't bite them. The idea is that if you run the surface of a pearl over your tooth, you will feel a gritty texture. This can also be done by rubbing two pearls together. Be careful though, either can scratch the pearl. Second, Red is generally considered to the rarest color for Diamonds. Third, yes diamonds are fairly abundant, however, diamonds of good size and quality are rare. Most Diamonds are used for industrial purposes. Diamonds are also extremely expensive to mine. Last, but not least, Diamonds are cut by master Diamond cutters. It's estimated that up to 60% of the cost of a diamond is in the cutting process alone. I hope this helps!

Rose gold is yellow gold mixed with copper.

Diamonds are actually fairly abundant. The only reason they're so expensive is because the companies keep them in warehouses to control how many are on the market and since there isn't much the price goes up.

I've heard that if you bite a pearl and it feels sandy it is a real pearl, wonder if it's true...

No gold jewelry is pure gold. Your article implies that it is. They add copper to make rose gold and nickel for white. Sometimes goals white they just dip yellow gold in rhodium though. You almost NEVER come across pure gold itself. And it's ridiculous to make it sound as if you do. Also, biting gold is a dumb test because they ADD OTHER METALS TO IT to make it wearable!

@Lisa - Yes I usually scratch the pearls to do a quick test, but if you are uncertain, it's always better to get it certified. About your comment "60% of the cost of a diamond is the cutting process alone" - There are 3 companies in Antwerp which is run by 97% of Indians. Israel tries to cut diamonds at a slow pace since they're all fancy shapes. 99% of the world's diamonds including triple ex and ideal cuts come from India. Unless you mean HPHT treatment then yes that's quite costly (just the machine), but I guess you'll have to go to Israel for that. Besides your not going to buy rough diamonds from Congo with peanuts and bananas! Cutting charge is less than 1% of the diamond charge. I am a whole seller not a gemologist. Then again, you must also consider the chances of a diamond exploding whilst cutting, custom charges, machinery/discs to cut them, the computer's & scanners, and obviously GIA! And smaller loses such as the rent of the shop & travel /hotel expenses.

I thought the rarest diamond was red not blue. However a blue diamond still goes for a lot. Also, if gold jewellery is yellow, it doesn't mean that it's 24k gold, which is the highest in purity. Most jewellery in Europe is 9k - 14k, whilst in Asia it is 18k - 24k. I prefer 18k as its not too soft or too hard and still holds 75% value of gold to the gram.

Heley Lammy

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