12 Jewelry Myths Revealed
They are brilliant, sparkly, beautiful, and has an undeniable power to make us look dazzling. Yes, that is right. I am talking about our jewelry pieces. I am sure it is safe to say that all of us are fans of these remarkable creations. But did you know that beyond the breathtaking gorgeousness of these trinkets are myths and trivia that make them attractive all the more? Myths make us curious, I know. So, let us see some of those interesting stories in these 13 fun and exciting myths on jewelry.
1. Nothing can ever break a diamond.
I'm sure that on one occasion, you have heard that diamond can scratch another diamond. They say that the reason diamonds are called "a girl's best friend" is because it is extremely durable and hard to crack. Well, I guess it is the right time to break this myth. Although diamonds are made up of durable material (just think about the process they had to undergo to become the diamonds that we admire), a diamond can also break, scratch, or chip once proper care is not applied. Are you feeling adventurous and curious? Don't ever try testing the durability of the diamond with a hammer, or you'll get your heart and diamond, shattered to pieces.
2. It is not good to wear pearls on your wedding day.
Another popular myth on jewelry is that pearls on the wedding day mean bad luck. Those who believe in this myth say that pearls are bad omen; they symbolize the tears that a woman will shed on her marriage with her beloved groom. They also say that the pearls on a string mean the woman is up for a string of problems the moment she says, "I do." Now, so far, I haven't heard accounts that proved this to be true. But I must say, I am not a fan of this myth. I believe that every bride should have pearls on their wedding day. I don't see it being associated with problems and marital woes unless the groom bought a pearl necklace for more than he can afford, and he eventually goes in debt. That's a real problem brought about by pearls.
3. Diamonds are the rarest of stones.
The hype for a diamond is massive; that's why every top attribute is credited to it. One of them is the claim that diamond is the rarest of stones. They say that diamonds are hidden in the most difficult places. That is why it is so hard to extract them. Although diamonds are extremely rare (thus the expensive price tag), it is not true that diamonds are the rarest of all. Open a Guinness Book, and you will find that the rarest stone of all is painite. Haven't heard of the painite gem? My point exactly.
4. Color is considered to be the essential thing in pricing diamonds.
We all know that clear diamonds carried a pretty high cost with them, but did you know that there are more expensive diamonds than the obvious ones? Some diamonds come in different colors like the most expensive blue diamond, the ultra-rare pink diamond, and the perpetually scattered yellow diamonds. Because of their rarity, these diamonds can cost tons. However, color is not the primary basis for pricing diamonds. There are three other characteristics checked before pricing a gem. These three characteristics are carat weight, clarity, and cut. Together with color, these characteristics are called the 4c's of Diamond Grading. These are used to determine the price of a diamond.
5. You can dissolve pearls in vinegar.
Queen Cleopatra wanted to get her point across to Marc Anthony. She wanted him to know she holds extreme wealth, and she can throw the best banquet ever. To prove her point to Marc Anthony, she dissolved a pearl in vinegar (gasp) and drank it. Yes, my thoughts exactly. I will never dissolve a pearl. But Cleo is Cleo, and her popular pearl-melted-in-vinegar story has lived for many years. Can you truly dissolve a pearl in vinegar? Well, experts said that you could -- if you have a lot of time. It takes quite a while to melt a pearl, let alone immediately. If you don't have the time and want to dissolve it once and for all, you need to turn it to powder form, which I won't dare do.
6. Opals come with bad luck.
During ancient times, men leave home all the time. These husbands had some missions to conquer a country or to defend a territory, oft times leaving a wife and children. Men, Romans mainly, would give opals to their wives as a form of good luck charm and stone for protection and safety. However, this reasonable belief did not last long. After a while, the opal gems were believed to cause the bad fortune, plagues, and tragedy. Fortunately for the opal, its rare characteristics made the Opal famous once again. People say the opal holds in itself the beauty of all gems combined; that's a pretty rad compliment, I must say.
7. Gold has three colors.
So, you go to a jewelry store and ask for gold. Suddenly the salesperson asks you, "Which gold? White, yellow, or rose gold?" and you wonder how many colors are there? Well, gold is now popularly associated with three colors: yellow, white, and rose gold. To clear the myth, remember that gold only has one color, and that is yellow gold. But as gold is said to be so malleable, jewelry makers combine other metals to make the jewelry more sturdy, creating white and rose gold. Now, that isn't so confusing anymore, right? So when you visit a jewelry store next time, you know your golds already.
8. You can tell that gold is pure by biting it.
It's a technique as old as when we see people from the movies biting the gold to make sure they are pure material. Well, you can probably do that, but it can backfire. Gold, like what was mentioned above, is an extremely malleable metal; biting it might cause the teeth to mark on your jewelry. The softer the metal, the purer the gold. Be vigilant, though. Some scammers cover their bars with lead because it shows the same characteristic as gold.
9. Pearls are expensive because only 1 in 10,000 oysters can produce pearls.
Unfortunately, yes. Can you think of what luck these pearl hunters have when they see 1 in 10,000? Authentic pearls from oysters are hard to find, but they also take a lot of painful work to produce them. So when you get a pearl for a gift, bear in mind that you are holding years of work that it took to form.
10. Engagement rings should only be diamonds because other stones don't bring many blessings.
Where this myth came from? I just don't know. But I am glad that this fact is slowly dispelled, thanks to high-profile, Hollywood engagements. Although diamond remains to be a favorite, not all love it. Some celebrities wear ruby and emeralds and can never forget the famous blue sapphire engagement ring of Kate Middleton? Every gemstone can be a perfect engagement ring.
11. You should always wear your engagement and wedding ring.
They say that the way you protect your marriage from possible infidelity should you always wear your wedding and engagement ring. Nevertheless, it's not still the best option in every situation. Sometimes, wearing your rings in public can be unsafe for you and your jewelry. Leave the rings if necessary. You don't need to wear a commitment symbol on your finger if you are already wearing one in your heart.
12. The bigger the jewelry, the better.
Another jewelry myth that needs to be busted is the belief that a piece of larger jewelry costs more. Although commonly, gemstones with heavier carats require more, this is not always the case. It still boils down to the necessary grading of gemstones: the 4c's. A large gemstone with an inadequate cut and a mediocre quality will cost cheaper than a smaller gem with a perfect cut and high quality. It does not always depend on the size. Quality is still the one that matters the most.
So when you look for jewelry, settle for the overall characteristics and not just in size. These are just some myths that surround our favorite gems and jewelry. Some of them are true, and some of them are not. When choosing a piece of jewelry, always go to the right source to avoid confusion and wrong information. To know than to believe is still the best key. But we can't deny it. Myths can also make jewelry more interesting. Don't sit there waiting. Keep sparkling, darling.