Jewellery has been a part of human culture and history for centuries.
While every era has shaped the way jewellery is made, looks and what constitutes as jewellery, the time has also given rise to several stories and myths around jewellery.
Some of them stem from common folklore while others are more contemporary.
Some of them have even subconsciously influenced the jewelry industry and patrons
Jewellery has so much significance in people’s lives that for some, their designer jewelry stands to be their identity.
There has been an evolution in fashion jewellery just like any other industry or market.
The tradition of handcrafted jewelry has been carried from centuries and as the year’s pass, there are a lot of changes that take place in the latest trends of jewelry, whereas some remain constant and have been passed on from older generations.
There are a lot of myths that get carried on through the trending jewellery and people have accepted them widely.
It is high time we bust all the myths and reveal the trust people have been blindly following and accepting to be the truth. Here are 7 such jewellery myths which have been debunked: –
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Artificial jewellery can’t be of different colors
People happen to believe that artificial jewellery doesn’t come in various colors.
They are so finely dwelled into believing that artificial jewelry is substandard, they would believe jewellery in a color other than yellow or silver, is not possible.
Let’s educate everyone that synthetic materials can be modified to take up any color or shade.
Artificial jewelry might also have alloys of cheaper materials. The alloys can be many, including silver, iron, and platinum.
Synthetic materials are mixed with these metals and crafted into fine jewellery but, the truth remains, people are still skeptical about artificial jewellery.
The emergence of 12 gemstones is from 12 tribes of Israel
People believe in this myth for, it is actually related and stated along with a true event that happens to exist.
The story is about the time when King Solomon built the first Jewish temple.
The high priest of that temple used to wear a plate of 12 gemstones as a breastplate, which people believed represented the 12 tribes.
There began the quest of each stone relating to each of the months and people blindly believed it to be true without any special reason for the relation.
Vinegar can dissolve pearls
If stated, a part of the myth is actually the truth. And, the truth can be related to the nature of the gem.
The partial truth is that gems are very delicate in nature and are actually porous.
This is the reason why a gemstone can actually dissolve in vinegar, but it is important to know that the process is not as quick as stated, and it would take several days for the pearls to actually dissolve completely in vinegar.
The emergence of the myths states back when Cleopatra threw a lavish dinner party and threw all the pearls she wore into her drink.
The truth is that pearls can dissolve quickly only if they are crushed.
Blue is the trademark color of sapphires
Sapphires are known for the colour it contains. Blue is actually the significance of the gemstone and when people say blue gems stones, they instantly relate to sapphires.
Little do they know that this precious gemstone is actually available in a number of colors.
The colors actually vary depending upon the presence of the particles. Impurities lead to the change of in color, standard blue sapphire has titanium and iron, if vanadium has a presence the colour would turn out to be purple, in the presence of iron it turns yellow.
Artificial Jewellery can not have Rare Gemstones
People only think artificial jewellery to be ‘fake’ jewelry. However, this doesn’t stand to be true.
Yes, gemstones are definitely rare but it does not mean they can not be a part of artificial jewellery. In fact, there is a whole booming market of artificial online jewelry, and gemstones such as ruby, sapphire, emerald, etc., are often given synthetic bodies to produce cheaper jewellery for the customers.
The truth is that there are so many gemstones that are very rare, like painite, bixbyite, jeremejevite, serendibite, musgravite, benitoite, taaffeite and garnierite, that their rarity doesn’t simply equate to increased prices. This is because of the lack of individual demand.
Hence, you can still get real gems in artificial jewellery shells and save a few bucks.
Artificial Jeweller is unbreakable
This myth is the most believed of all the myths relating to gemstones and jewelry. Yes, it is a fact that real gemstones do stand on a 10 scale rating, in terms of hardness.
But, little do people know that a 10 scale only means that the gemstone can actually be scattered. But that doesn’t claim the fact that it is unbreakable at all.
We strongly agree that real jewellery lasts a little longer than the artificial ones, the reason being their composition.
But, the fact remains that they can actually crack if they come under contact with extreme heat and pressure.
Now you have a reason why you might wanna save some bucks and rather invest in artificial jewelry.
The size of the stone determines its price
People tend to naturally assume the size of the gemstone determines the price of the same.
Just because bigger the size, more the constituents and quantity and so will be the price, is what we tend to assume.
But, the truth is that the price of any gemstone depends upon 4 C’s, i.e. cut, colour, carat and clarity.
It is very much possible for a big stone to be light in color and be cheap and vice versa. So, it will be the best of your interest to choose a gem based on all the C’s and not just the size of the gem, unless that is the only this you aspire to have.