Damaged Diamonds

This photo gallery contains images of broken and chipped diamonds. Many people believe that because a diamond is the hardest natural substance known to man that it can’t be broken. However, hardness refers to resistance to scratching. If a diamond can be cut and polished, it can also be broken. Diamonds should be worn with a bit of care to preserve the natural beauty that no other stone possesses.

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Minor Damage
Minor Damage
Small chips on the girdle edge of a diamond. Repairable without the risk of losing too much weight.
Small but Dangerous
Small but Dangerous
Chip on the girdle edge of a diamond with an internal fracture, could be a durability concern. Probably should be recut.
Major Damage
Major Damage
Several significant chips along with a natural( not a chip but a growth feature) on the edge and pavilion of a diamond. Needs recutting to eliminate possible, further damage.
Minor Nicks
Minor Nicks
Two small nicks on the girdle edge of a diamond. No action is needed.
Major Damage
Major Damage
Fractures on the girdle and pavilion of a diamond. Should be recut to eliminate possible, further damage.
No Hope Damage
No Hope Damage
Fracture from the girdle edge to culet on a diamond. Usually not salvageable.
Protective Prong
Protective Prong
Chip on the crown of a diamond protected as best it can by a prong.

 

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