Can You Scratch A Diamond?

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They’re pricey and precious, and the thought of seeing the diamond on your ring ruined is the stuff of nightmares. Maybe you think that diamonds are indestructible, or perhaps you worry too much and rarely wear them for fear of damage.

Let’s sort facts from fiction. This article will give you some useful insights about diamonds, what it takes to ruin them, and how to fix it when it happens.

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Beauty And Strength

The diamond is legendary for its hardness. It scores a perfect 10 on Mohs Scale, topping the list of metals and gemstones in terms of solidity. This means that none of those below the scale can break it. Thus the common phrase “only a diamond can cut a diamond” came to be.

Scientifically speaking, the harder the material, the less likely it is to get scratched. Since diamond is the hardest gem in the world, it would take a lot to chafe or damage it compared to other stones or metals. No wonder buying different diamond jewelry is so popular.

So to answer the question, “Can diamond get scratched?”: Yes, but it takes a great deal to cause even a slight mark on it, much less crack it. 

Do diamonds get scratched?

It would take an extreme amount of force to scratch or break a diamond, like slamming it with a hammer. This stone’s atoms are so set together solidly that even a hydraulic press will not mash it. The force will only split it into fragments, or possibly flatten it, but its material composition will remain intact.

Indeed, the diamond’s hardness has a lot to do with its composition and structure. Diamonds are made of carbon atoms whose structural lattice arrangement makes it incredibly hard to move them.

Can you scratch a real diamond?

Real diamonds, whether natural or lab-made diamonds, may be uber hard, but that does not exempt them from damage. A diamond in friction with another diamond can be scratched because they have the same level of hardness. However, among all gems and metals, the diamond is just too tough to scrape or dent.

Can you scratch a diamond with sandpaper?

It depends on the sandpaper’s grit. If the grit’s hardness scores 7 to 9 on the Mohs Scale, it could scratch the diamond when the stone’s smooth surface is rubbed forcefully against the rough texture of the grit. This is why the sandpaper test that determines a diamond’s authenticity is not totally accurate.

To establish its realness, the best way is still to have your diamond examined by a professional.

Can you scratch a diamond with metal?

Any metal, whether gold, silver, titanium, or steel, that ranks below the diamond in the Mohs hardness scale will not be able to scratch it. This means that you can relax and not worry if your amazing engagement diamond ring lies with other metal types. On the other hand, the diamond, being the hardest of them all, can scratch anything. 

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Repairing A Diamond

Everything has a breaking point, and the diamond is no exception. Deliberately breaking one using extreme force is a form of abuse that can damage it to some degree.

With proper care, due diligence, and not subjecting your stone to abuse (why would anyone?), a damaged diamond becomes an oxymoron that would never happen. This precious stone is made of strong stuff—millions of years of pressure under the earth!

Should something unfortunate happen to cause damage to your diamond, don’t fret. As long as it retains its carat weight, it could still be fixed. A professional diamond expert uses a polished stone to remove scratches or any traces of it without diminishing the carat weight.

In the rare case of severe damage, a diamond repair expert will cut away the damaged part and re-shape the stone. However, this could mean diminishing its carat weight and value, and may also affect its original cut grade and sparkle.

The good news is that, unlike other stones, the diamond is the least likely to get chipped or broken. You can wear it as often as you want, anytime, anywhere. Just be careful not to lose it!

Why Choose Othergems Diamond Jewelry?

A real, premium grade diamond is not easily ruined and almost impossible to scratch. Make sure that you are getting a genuine stone crafted by expert hands so you can wear your diamond jewelry with a sense of pride and peace of mind. Othergems diamonds are stunning and strong, timeless and tough.

We offer A-list worthy engagement rings and other fine jewelry pieces. Get in touch with us for your custom-design needs or browse through our online showcase of these brilliant beauties.

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Diamond Color Chart

Color is one of the four important factors that determine the value and quality of a diamond (carat, color, clarity and cut grade). The colors range from D which is colorless, all the way through Z which is a light yellow or brown. The more colorless a diamond is, the more it is rare and expensive.

D, E, F


G, H


I, J










Diamond Clarity Chart

Clarity is one of the four important factors that determine the value and quality of a diamond (carat, color, clarity and cut grade). Almost every diamond has inclusions in it, and that’s what makes it unique. The shape, placement and amount of inclusions determine the clarity of a diamond. The highest level of clarity is FL and the lowest is I3.








VS1, VS2


SI1 & SI2,SI3


I1,I2& I3


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