True or False: Top 3 Jewelry Myths Debunked

Every woman owns at least one piece of jewelry whether it's aring or favorite necklace. Every woman has heard myths about jewelry or specific stones. There are myths that some people just take as fact. Some of the tales we hear about the jewelry we love is just plain wrong and some of the more far-fetched things are actually true. We’ve taken some of the most popular myths about jewelry and debunked them. Can you tell if it's real gold by biting it? Are diamonds really indestructible? Keep reading to explore some of these common jewelry myths with us.

True or False: Gold Comes In Different Colors

White gold, rose gold, red gold, pink gold, yellow gold, blue gold, green gold, there are so many different colors of gold. In truth, gold in its truest form is a reddish yellow color; every other color of gold is not true gold. They are a mixed metal compound called an alloy. Man creates these colors by combining gold with other elements. White gold is actually an alloy of gold and a white colored mineral like manganese or nickel. Rose gold is a copper alloy. So, this myth is false. In fact, unless it is 24 karat, all gold is an alloy, just in different quantities.

True or False: Diamonds Are Indestructible

To the ancient Greek’s diamonds were indestructible. In fact, diamond is derived from the Ancient Greek work “adámas,” which means unalterable or indestructible. While diamonds score a 10 on Moh’s Scale of Hardness and are the hardest natural mineral on Earth, they are not indestructible. Diamonds can scratch other diamonds. They can chip or crack if they are not taken care of properly. They may even break when struck against a wall or door and will shatter if it takes a hard impact. So, even though they may be the hardest non-synthetic material, diamonds are certainly not indestructible, making this myth false.

True or False: Bite Gold To Tell If It's Real

You've seen the movies where the bite the gold to tell if it's real, but does it work? It's true that gold is a soft metal and that if you were to bite it, you should be able to see a small indent. There are several problems with this methodology, however. One, you could damage your teeth. Two, there are other types of metal that are malleable as well. One such metal is lead; lead is a known toxin. There are people who have gold painted lead, please don't chew on the lead. So, yes this myth is true. The outer the gold the softer it will be, however we don't recommend this method of deciding authenticity. Instead, try looking for a stamp or other official markings. Also, gold is not magnetic, so if you jewelry is attracted by a magnet it's probably an alloy or gold plated. However, there are other metals that are not magnetic as well so this is not a fool-proof test.

So, gold is not naturally found in different colors and while it's malleable we don't recommend biting it and diamonds may be the hardest mineral known, they are not indestructible. Always be cautious when purchasing jewelry or anything really when people make claims of rarity, always have it verified and authenticated by a reputable jeweler. What jewelry myths would you like to see debunked? Let us know in the comments below!

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