How to Identify Your Diamond After A Repair

Even though diamonds are known to be the hardest natural material in the world, they are not invincible and they can still have damage done to them.

When people purchase jewelry with diamond stones, many of them simply assume that because it's a diamond, nothing bad will ever happen and the diamond will never need to be repaired.

Unfortunately, accidents happen, and diamonds are not indestructible. Diamonds are known as a crystalline solid. In other words, they are crystalline forms of carbon. All crystalline solids (including diamonds) can be chipped and cut if they are struck and handled carelessly. It doesn’t matter how strong the exterior is, all diamonds are prone to potential chipping and cuts.

When this happens, the diamond will need to be repaired. If your diamond is chipped, abraded, or cut, chances are it’s more cost-effective to repair your diamond, rather than completely replace it. Plus, many people have a sentimental value to their diamond, especially if it’s something such as an engagement ring. Therefore, when a diamond needs repair, it’s a much more popular choice to get it repaired instead of replaced with another diamond that doesn't hold any sentimental value.

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What Causes Diamonds to Need Repair?

Any mishandling of diamonds can lead to repair being needed. Also, if the diamond is mishandled while it was being cut and made, this can lead to abrasion. It also makes the diamond more susceptible to becoming abraded over the months and years. Therefore, when a diamond needs repair, it’s not always your fault. If a diamond was not cut by a professional jeweler or someone who knows what they are doing, that could be the culprit of your diamond problems.

The most common cause of a diamond chipping is when they are accidentally smacked on hard surfaces. These include things such as rocks in the garden or outside, granite counter tops, or any other random hard surfaces.

Some diamond repairs are for other reasons, such as customers wanting an inclusion close to the surface of the diamond removed. We do not recommend these types of repairs, as they aren’t entirely necessary and they can do more harm than good. Compared to the removal of scratches from the surface of the diamond, which can be done with no additional damage, removing inclusions can potentially require a complete redesign of the diamond. This is a major rework and you can lose a lot of the stone’s original value.



Repairing a Chipped Stone

Once a stone is damaged, it will never be exactly the same again. Also, it’s important to get chipped diamonds repaired immediately because once they get chipped once, they are much more prone to additional problems. The diamond’s internal structure has been weakened, so it needs to be fixed.

When a diamond gets chipped, you have two main options: exchanging your diamond or recutting it. We will go into detail of the two options so you have a better understanding of each.



Exchanging Your Diamond


This process involves exchanging your damaged diamond for a newer, undamaged one at a jewelry store. This does come with a price. Once a diamond gets a chip, it is considered as a flaw. This means that the clarity rating of the diamond will decrease. Once the clarity rating goes down, so does the stone’s value.

So, if you do happen to find a jeweler that wants to do the exchange, the stone that you will be given as a replacement will be one that is worth much less than what you originally paid for with your previous diamond. However, there is always the option of getting a higher quality stone for paying more money.

The jeweler benefits from the exchange because they can take the damaged stone, and cut it so that the chip is eliminated. Then, they will sell the newly formed diamond at a lower price, but they can still turn it into a new stone and make a profit off it.



Recutting Your Diamond


Recutting the diamond is a much more popular option than exchanging it. Recutting refers to the process where a jeweler creates a smaller diamond out of a bigger one. The diamond is cut again, with the chipped and damaged part being removed. The main downside of this is that the stone will weight less, so its carat weight will be lowered.

A lower carat weight equates to a lower overall diamond value. The value that you will lose depends entirely on how badly the stone was chipped or damaged. The larger the chip, the more of the diamond that the jeweler will need to cut, and vice versa.



Prevent Diamond Repairs


The best way to deal with a diamond repair is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. The main way to do this is to take care of your diamonds, and if you know you are going to be in an area with harsh surfaces (such as rocks), simply leave your diamond ring or jewelry inside.

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