Does a diamond ring break if it is dropped on the floor? Photo: GIA
Sometimes, accidents can happen when you are wearing your engagement ring especially if you aren’t a careful person. Mishaps like dropping the ring on the floor or knocking the ring against a hard surface are some common scenarios which can occur.
And if it happens to you, the first things that probably come to mind are questions like: “Can a diamond break if dropped?”, “Was the engagement ring damaged?” and etc…
In fact, here’s a recent question that a nervous reader sent us:
Question: Help! I dropped my diamond ring on the floor recently and when I checked for damages, I see a horizontal line through the diamond which wasn’t there before. It seems like the entire diamond has cracked in the body and it looks very severe. Can a diamond break if dropped? What should I do now?
Answer: It is very unlikely that a diamond would crack or break just by dropping it.
Under the most severe circumstances, a diamond would probably chip under a hard blow. Examples of these include hitting the diamond at an angle with a lot of force or banging your hand against a hard surface accidentally.
In your case, there is really no cause for worry. What you are seeing and describing is probably due to a phenomenon known as girdle reflection caused by the pavilion facets. In fact, I do get asked some similar questions about the ‘horizontal line’.
To many people looking at it for the first time, it does look like a crack or feather inclusion. In another case, a lady who returned from her routine cleaning service actually thought that her diamond was switched!
The horizontal line is due to girdle reflection and is NOT a crack.
Don’t worry, it’s not a crack or a major inclusion that you missed when buying the diamond. The most common scenario that happens when people accidentally knock or drop their ring is that they start scrutinizing the ring and begin to see things they never noticed before.
Needless to say, they get worried and start to fret. Here’s how you can check for girdle reflections and give yourself a peace of mind.
By tilting the diamond ring at different angles, the girdle reflection would also shift in its position. Also, the size of the reflection is proportional to the girdle thickness of your diamond. Depending on your diamond’s proportions, you might see a thinner or thicker reflection.
Looking at the reflection from a different angle.
At a slightly different tilt, the reflection of the diamond girdle shifts in position.
Like I said earlier, diamonds are hard and very unlikely to get damaged just by dropping the ring. If you are still worried, get it checked by a jeweler in your area. What he/she is going to tell you would probably be what I mentioned above.