I thought it was a flaw all of these years...in the diamond not my
wife. I got many responses saying that it was pretty common to chip
a diamond this way.
I do not want to create an impression that diamonds are easily
chipped. This is not true. If it would be true, diamond would never
become a popular gemstone.
There are 3 principal reasons why diamond can be chipped.
- Larger feather.
Solution: when shopping for diamond, pay to attention to clarity
grade and not to the price. Anything bellow SI 2 is subject to
- Diamonds can cleave.
Solution: avoid cuts with shallow crowns and thin girdles. Setting
must also be designed to protect the stone.
- Diamonds could have internal strain which might cause them to
Solution: Avoid tension settings. Vector tightening (in prong
settings) should not be used, and extra attention should be paid to
the stone bearing. Internal strain can also be detected using
polariscope. Simply ask your appraiser (gemologist) to check for
anomalous double refraction.