As you might know, we love our jewels here at Alma & Co. and we think we have a pretty good knowledge about jewelry, its components and how to take care of it. But how about you? Are you the kind of girl who knows all there is to know about jewelry? Can you spot the truth from a lie? We have five common jewelry myths and the truth about each. Test your jewelry knowledge and let us know how you do! Good luck girl!
1. Pearls can dissolve in vinegar.
Modern science has proven that pearls can dissolve in vinegar. The calcium carbonate in pearls break down when placed in vinegar. If the pearls are relatively small, or crushed, they will dissolve at a faster rate then pearls of a larger size.
2. If jewelry turns your skin green, it means that it is cheap.
While it is seemingly alarming to find that your favorite piece of jewelry has turned your skin green, you have no reason to fear, my dear! The reason it has turned your skin green is typically a result from a metal in the jewelry that oxidizes, or corrodes, when it comes into contact with your skin, or something on your skin-such as lotion or sweat.
3. Gold comes in various colors.
Rose gold, white gold, and yellow gold: three colors commonly referred to, as colors of gold. Rose gold and white gold is actually made of alloy, a mixed metal compound. Pure gold is mixed with iron, silver, copper, or aluminum to create colored gold. Yellow gold is the only true color for gold.
4. Diamonds are indestructible.
Do you remember learning about the Mohs scale back in science class? If so, you’ll remember that diamonds register as a 10 on the Mohs scale. This means, that only diamonds can scratch a diamond. If not properly cared for though, diamonds can crack or chip.
5. A diamond’s value is based on it’s color.
It is believed that a diamonds color determines its value. While all diamonds are valuable, the blue diamond is believed to be the most valuable. Though color can be a factor in determining how valuable a diamond may be, cut, clarity, and carat are also taken into consideration.
How did you do?! Do you have any other jewelry questions? What is a common jewelry myth that you know?