Most Popular Jewelry Myths Debunked
Jewelry has been a part of our lifestyle since forever. Like any other thing that we love and enjoy leads to the rise of several myths and stories, jewelry is no exception. Despite being the one thing that everyone values and harbors a love for, most people don’t know too much about jewelry. A lot of what people know is lies and plain myths. In this article, we are busting a few of these popular myths about jewelry that a lot of people believe to be true.
Myth #1: Gold comes in different colors
A lot of people believe that gold exists in different shades and colors because of the availability of white gold, green gold, and rose gold. This is not true. Pure gold in its naturally occurring state is always yellow. The other variants of gold available are merely alloys of gold that are made by mixing other metals with yellow-colored pure gold. The different variants are used to make jewelry according to the different earrings designs, rings designs, and nose pin designs.
Myth #2: Diamonds are indestructible
A very famous myth about diamonds is that they cannot be destroyed. While it is true that diamonds are one of the hardest gemstones in the world, but they are still destructible. One can try damaging them by chipping their diamond with another piece of diamond.
Myth #3: The bigger the stone, the costlier it is!
Another common assumption is that the bigger the size of the gemstone, especially diamonds, the higher is its price! However, this isn’t true.
The price of a gemstone depends on factors known as the 4C’s – Carat, Clarity, Cut, and Color. Diamonds with smaller size and better color and cut can sometimes cost more than diamonds that are larger and have mediocre color. Hence, when purchasing gemstones one should emphasize not just the size but the overall qualities of the diamond, whether it is for their engagement rings or daily wear gold earrings.
Myth #4: Pearls always come from oysters!
One of the tons of myths that pearls are surrounded with is that pearls can only be obtained from oysters. While most pearls do come from oysters and mussels, certain other species are also capable of producing pearls such as the Melo Melo marine snail, the queen conch StrombusGigas and the Haliotis Iris mollusk.
Myth #5: Pearls Easily Dissolve In Vinegar
The myth began years ago when Cleopatra threw an extremely lavish dinner party and began throwing pearls into her drink to prove that she is the wealthiest person in the world and could serve the most expensive meal of all time. As pearls are porous and the most delicate amongst all gemstones, there is some truth to this myth. But it is not as easy as history says. The process of dissolving a pearl in vinegar is very slow and it would take over several days for the pearls to dissolve.
Myth #6: Sapphires are blue
While one connects sapphire with the cerulean shade, these precious stones are available in many other colors such as yellow, orange, pink, and green. The color of sapphires is dictated by their constituents and impurities. For example, the standard blue sapphire gemstone contains traces of iron and titanium. The presence of iron changes sapphires to yellow, while the presence of vanadium changes them to purple. The red rubies are also a kind of sapphire.
Purchasing gemstones and jewelry is a great investment and one should not hold back because of myths and legends. The next time you buy jewelry, keep these facts in mind and make a better and informed decision.