Rules are everywhere and are meant for everything and jewelry has no exception to it. Most people don’t know these rules; hence, they are reluctant and confused about their choices and are unable to make their choices right. We will discuss some of the jewelry myths and bust them for you.
Diamonds are indestructible:
“Diamonds do no break” the most common thing that we all hear. On the Mohs scale, diamond is rated as 10 which is the highest score possible for hardness. This score doesn’t determine them being imperishable it merely states that they cannot be scratched. The hard composition of the diamond doesn’t allow it to break at one go on room temperature but when put under high temperature and pressure, one hit is enough to break it. So, make sure you keep it safe and take good care of it.
Bad Luck Comes with Opals
It is believed that opals bring bad luck. There are several stories due to which it was considered that opals are unlucky. It was believed that witches and magicians used opals to increase their power. As opal displays a variety of colors, people think that it holds the power of every gemstone making it unlucky. But later, opal became the symbolic jewelry in the Victorian and Art Nouveau eras.
Pearls Dissolve in Vinegar
This myth is not completely false. It was originated in the Egyptian Kingdom, the last queen of Egypt, Cleopatra wanted to impress Marc Antony who was the representative of the Roman Empire. She bet Marc Antony that she will serve him the most expensive banquet in history. She ordered a cup of vinegar, took outa pearl from her earrings, and dropped it into the cup of vinegar, she took a sip and Antony accepted defeat.
Pearls indeed dissolve in vinegar but they don’t dissolve immediately, it might take several weeks. If you want to speed up the reaction, the vinegar should be highly concentrated or if you use boiling vinegar it will work faster, even powdered form will be fastest. Cleopatra was well-versed in chemistry, so you are not Cleopatra, so do not try this at home. Take care of your pearls as they are valuable.
Bigger Stones Are More Expensive
People assume that the gemstones are priced based on their size. However, it is completely false. The value of a gemstone is determinedby4Cs: cut, color, carat, and clarity. The value of a diamond is never determined by its size. A large diamond can have less price than a small-sized diamond because of its color and cut qualities. So, it will be better to check the overall qualities and ignore the diamond’s size before buying.
Biting Can Determine the Gold
24k gold is the purest form of gold and scores 2.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Hence, the purest form of gold is a soft metal, and biting on it would leave a mark but that doesn’t mean it is suitable to test the authenticity of the gold. Some other metals are there as soft as gold, sometimes those materials can be coated on gold to easily pass the bite test. If you have any doubt about your piece of gold it is better to get verified by a jeweler.
Gold And Silver Cannot Be Mixed
It was an old rule that one should not wear gold and silver jewelry pieces together. They think that wearing both metals together brings bad luck, although it only adds an attractive and presentable look to you. However, there is no bound in fashion and mostly gold and silver jewelry pieces are found in your wardrobe. Let this old myth remain old and bring the gold and silver jewelry together and create a spectacular look. You can also mix rose gold with silver or other metals. If this combination is paired in the right way can create a fantastic fashion-forward look.
Bust these crazy myths and do not make them a rule of thumb because myths should be abjured. The myths will increase each passing day. Some of these you may believe and some you will make fun of. But you should always know the details and facts about anything before believing them.