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So... My Diamond Is Scratched/chipped!


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#1 windybride33

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 07:07 PM

OK, I am completely freaking out. My engagement diamond ring is under warranty, I see a scratch in it! Sometimes it looks like it's on the side (not near the prongs) and sometimes it looks like it happened at the top and you can only see it "inside the diamond". I had my jeweler inspect it, they say nothing wrong, and they cleaned with a toothbrush (?) but I see this scratch. It's tiny, tiny... and I don't mind it staying there forever... but I don't want it to spread or the diamond to "crack". Could the scratch be "buffed" out... it's an .80 diamond, so I don't want to re-cut it to lose size. I can live with the scratch if I know it won't get any bigger.

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 08:02 PM

1. Don't freak out. It does not fix the scratch (or whatever it is). You have a warranty for that. ;)

2. Do you have a grading report (also called "certificate" even though it isn't)? This may tell you if there is an inclusion or surface blemish that looks somewhat like what you are seeing. Bear in mind that diamonds are quite hard to scratch. Try tilting the diamond so that the table (the large facet on top) becomes like a mirror. Can you see the scratch clearly on the table? If so, then it IS a scratch. Use a loupe if you have one.

3. If it is a new scratch, it's unlikely to get any bigger by itself; have you kept the ring in a box with other diamonds? Depending on how deep it is, it may be polished off easily (the stone may need to be unmounted and reset to do it, though)

4. If it is an inclusion or blemish, it was there to start with, and it's also unlikely to be a problem.
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#3 windybride33

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Posted 05 January 2009 - 08:19 PM

1. Don't freak out. It does not fix the scratch (or whatever it is). You have a warranty for that. ;)

2. Do you have a grading report (also called "certificate" even though it isn't)? This may tell you if there is an inclusion or surface blemish that looks somewhat like what you are seeing. Bear in mind that diamonds are quite hard to scratch. Try tilting the diamond so that the table (the large facet on top) becomes like a mirror. Can you see the scratch clearly on the table? If so, then it IS a scratch. Use a loupe if you have one.

3. If it is a new scratch, it's unlikely to get any bigger by itself; have you kept the ring in a box with other diamonds? Depending on how deep it is, it may be polished off easily (the stone may need to be unmounted and reset to do it, though)

4. If it is an inclusion or blemish, it was there to start with, and it's also unlikely to be a problem.


When I tilt the table I see the scratch, but it looks like it goes down into the diamond instead of across the table. When I look at the diamond from the top I don't see it. I have kept the ring in a box with another diamond ting (oops!) It looks like a tiny line that ends in a tiny dot. I now keep the diamond in it's own little box!

If it's unlikely to get any bigger, I'm going to let it go... It's such a tiny, tiny thing. I'm actually the only person who notices it ;) And my fiance wants to upgrade my ring soon after we get married. My biggest fear was having the ring crack in half!

Thank you for your reassurance... I'm going to take it back to my jeweler Wednesday see if they can polish it off. More reassurance is still welcome ;)

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 04:24 AM

Hang on a second. Is this a totally straight line, or does it waver or curve a bit?

If it is straight, it is possible that the diamond has been laser drilled to remove an inclusion, and what you see is the hole left by the laser. If you don't know about this - and only if the line is perfectly straight; laser light does not bend - please check with your fiance that he is aware of this.

Clarity enhanced diamonds through laser drilling are absolutely safe and OK, but only if they have been sold as such, since they are worth less than naturally clear diamonds. If your fiance has been sold a CE diamond without disclosure, this is definitely grounds for returning ring, stone and all, getting all your money back and going to another jeweller pronto.

Edited by davidelevi, 06 January 2009 - 04:26 AM.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 05:32 AM

You need to get it graded by someone who both knows what they’re doing and who you are inclined to believe. Speculation by strangers who have never even seen the piece is doing you no favors. Talk to your jeweler and, if you don’t trust them, find a better jeweler or seek out an independent appraiser.

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#6 windybride33

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 05:32 AM

You need to get it graded by someone who both knows what they’re doing and who you are inclined to believe. Speculation by strangers who have never even seen the piece is doing you no favors. Talk to your jeweler and, if you don’t trust them, find a better jeweler.

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Trust me, I understand that this is the internet and that there are all sorts of crazy things going on out in the world wide web. I was just looking for a starting point to see how serious this is. I am taking the ring to my jeweler tomorrow, as well as an independent appraiser in my area. My fiance and I will go from there.

Thanks for your post!