What can hurt a diamond?

Sudden extreme temperature changes can cause damage, however. Diamonds can chip or fracture from hard impact, especially in areas where the carbon atoms are not tightly bonded. These areas, called cleavage planes, are the major source of damage to diamonds (figure 2).
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What item can destroy diamond?

As an example, you can scratch steel with a diamond, but you can easily shatter a diamond with a hammer. The diamond is hard, the hammer is strong. Whether something is hard or strong depends on its internal structure. A diamond is made entirely of carbon atoms which are joined in a lattice-type structure.
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Can you easily damage a diamond?

Diamonds are hard, but they can be damaged. It is possible to break or chip a diamond. Breaking or chipping isn't the only way to damage a diamond. You can damage a diamond with chemicals that cause it to look dull and cloudy or discolor the stone until it is professionally cleaned.
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What chemicals harm diamonds?

Don't use harmful solutions. Chlorine bleach or abrasives (such as household cleansers or toothpaste) should never be used when cleaning diamond jewelry. Chemicals like chlorine can damage some of the metals used to alloy gold for diamond settings and abrasives can scratch gold and other metals.
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Can anything scratch a diamond?

There is nothing that can scratch a diamond except another diamond. A mineral like talc, on the other hand, is a 1 on the scale. You could scratch it with any hard material, even your fingernail. Natural talc is one of the softest minerals in the world.
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What will happen if you burn a diamond

Will acetone damage diamonds?

There are many common cleaning products that people may think are good to clean diamond rings with, but they can actually be quite damaging. Chlorine bleach, abrasives (like toothpaste or baking soda), or acetone should never be used on any jewellery.
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Can a knife scratch a diamond?

Soft - can be scratched by a fingernail, Mohs' 1-2; Medium - can be scratched by a knife or nail, Mohs' 3-5; Hard - cannot be scratched by a knife but can scratch glass, Mohs' 6-9; Diamond is the hardest known mineral, Mohs' 10.
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How do you ruin a diamond?

Exposure to high heat can also cause problems for diamonds. Even snagging your diamond on your clothing or knocking it against furniture or walls can damage it. Sometimes, damage occurs all at once, and sometimes, repeated insults add up to slowly damage it over time.
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Does hand sanitizer ruin diamonds?

A: Hand sanitizer is made up of rubbing alcohol and will not hurt diamonds or damage the integrity, value, or brilliance of your stone. However, excessive and repeated exposure to cleaning agents or hand sanitizer can make the finish on white gold wear a little faster.
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Can soap ruin a diamond?

Most dish soaps contain a number of harsh chemicals and dyes that can not only harm the surface of the metals in your diamond rings, but can dull and scratch the finish of the diamonds themselves.
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Can sandpaper scratch a diamond?

Can Sandpaper Scratch a Diamond? No, sandpaper cannot scratch a diamond. The hardness of sand paper grit ranges between 7 and 9 on the Mohs scale, which makes sand paper softer than a diamond.
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Can you break a real diamond?

Could My Diamond 'Break'? It's easy to think that diamonds are invincible, after all, they rank as the hardest substance known to man on the Moh's scale. Unfortunately, diamonds are not without their vulnerabilities. So, yes, diamonds can break.
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Can a bullet break diamond?

Diamond, while much harder than the soft metal lead, is not as dense. When a lead bullet hits a target, the metal is soft enough to immediately flatten on impact or even break apart and heavy fragments may even bounce around in the target causing massive damage.
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Can diamonds burn?

Although diamond requires a higher temperature to burn, it does indeed burn via normal carbon combustion. You can even burn diamond in a regular flame if you are patient and conditions are right. To accelerate the burning of diamond, you can give it more heat and more oxygen.
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Are diamonds bulletproof?

Diamond Armor is certified bulletproof by NATO standards, waterproof thanks to nano-technology sealing and has an EMPA air conditioning system in-built to keep the wearer cool.
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Is it OK to wash my hands with my engagement ring on?

Generally, you don't have to take off your engagement ring when you wash your hands. In fact, using gentle soap and water is the best way to clean an engagement ring at home, so washing your hands won't do any damage to your jewelry.
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Can you clean a diamond ring with rubbing alcohol?

For a quick cleaning solution for gold and diamond jewelry, try a little isopropyl alcohol. You can fill a small container with some alcohol and drop your jewelry directly into the solution. Let it soak briefly and then remove the item. The nice thing about alcohol is that it will dry clear.
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Does alcohol gel damage rings?

Using hand sanitiser while wearing a ring is unlikely to cause any immediate damage to diamonds and gemstones, but can cause wear and tear over time. Because the chemicals in hand sanitiser leave a residue, it will dull the shine and brilliance of stones after a period of time.
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Can water ruin diamonds?

If the diamond is in a ring, take it off when doing lots of work with your hands such as cleaning, bathing, swimming or dishwashing. Contact with water may ruin the diamond. It may also slide off your finger easily since fingers shrink when underwater.
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Does heat hurt diamonds?

Diamonds will burn at about 1562°F (850°C). House fires and jewelers' torches can reach that temperature. A house fire caused the white, cloudy appearance of this diamond (left). The stone was recut to remove the burned area, reducing the diamond's size, but leaving no sign that it was ever damaged (right).
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Will a needle scratch a diamond?

Diamonds are harder than any other material available. A simple scratch test gives usually a high degree of accuracy. It is possible to buy a diamond scratch pen with a sapphire (hardness 9) or borazon(hardness 9.75) needle and scratch the diamond to see if it leaves a mark.
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Can glass scratch a diamond?

For the scratch test, take the stone and try to scratch a piece of glass with it. This should be done with caution because it is possible to damage or chip a diamond.
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What minerals can scratch diamond?

As you can see, diamond is a 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Diamond is the hardest mineral; no other mineral can scratch a diamond. Quartz is a 7. It can be scratched by topaz, corundum, and diamond.
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Does chlorine affect diamonds?

Dull Diamonds

Nonetheless, the harsh chemicals in chlorine pools can have a negative interaction with any treatments that have been done on your diamond. This can dull the luster in your diamond and make it lose its shine.
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