How to Tell if Your Diamond is Loose

Diamond rings are more than expensive; they are priceless, especially if they are engagement or wedding rings. So you wouldn’t want to lose them, or any part of them – that is to say, their diamond stones.

Fortunately, it’s very easy to tell whether a diamond is loose or not.

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But first, you need to familiarize yourself with the basic parts of a diamond ring:

•The head

This is the top portion of the diamond ring. Some diamond rings have a single diamond stone, while others have several (In which case, we may call these stones as center stones, side stones, and accent stones).

•The setting

This is where the diamond stone or stones are attached.

•The prongs

These are the small metallic protrusions that hold the edges of the diamond stone or stones in place.

•The shank

This is the part of the ring which has no diamond stones.

As a rule, you should never touch the diamond stones. This is the main reason why they become loose in the first place. Aside from that, touching can dull the brilliance of the diamonds, because our fingers can leave traces of oil on the stones. So when you remove or put on your diamond ring, you should only hold its shank portion. Another way of taking care of your ring is to keep it out of harm’s way: Obviously, you shouldn’t wear it when you’re jogging, running, working out in the gym, or cleaning your house, because you might hit a hard object with your ring.

Finally, here’s how you can tell whether your diamond is loose: Simply hold it up to your ear and with your finger nail, gently tap the shank portion of the ring. If the diamond stone is loose, you will hear a buzzing sound. If the diamond stone is not loose, you will only hear a dull, solid sound. Do this several times just to make sure. If the stone is only slightly loose, the sound may not be that discernible or audible. If you hear that buzzing sound, you should bring your diamond ring to the jewelry shop right away and have it tightened. Or if you have the slightest suspicion that the diamond is loose, you should go to the jeweler as soon as possible. It’s better to be sure than sorry.