A diamond fell out of my engagement ring! Why that sometimes happens and what to do about it, according to jewellery experts
It’s every bride’s worst nightmare: one moment you’re living your best married and/or engaged life, the next, you look at the sparkler on your left hand and see that a diamond, or worse, the centre diamond, has vanished from your ring.
Of course, feelings of panic are bound to ensue as you scramble around looking for the lost stone, and once the initial shock of discovering you’re missing a diamond has abated, you need to take a series of decisive steps in fairly rapid succession.
But before we offer suggestions on how best to resolve this unfortunate situation, examining its causality can help you avoid such an undesirable position in the first place.
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There are a number of reasons a stone might have fallen out of your engagement ring but the general consensus amongst jewellers is that it’s usually due to wear and tear and improper maintenance.
“Diamonds, gemstones and jewellery are expensive purchases. However, they are not indestructible,” says James Allen gemologist Lorraine Branter. “Damage can happen during an accident or from wear and tear over time.”
This means no matter how careful you are, your ring is still susceptible to damage due to being worn on a daily basis and a plan to service your ring at least once annually is in order.
Ritani gemologist Ryan Kelsie suggests a bi-annual check-up would be preferable. “It would be best if you had your ring examined by a jeweller every six months to ensure your prongs are secure to avoid losing any stones,” he says. Of course, there is the possibility that the diamond fell out due to a