Shrinkage! Can diamonds get smaller?

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ringLadies! When was the last time you looked at the fourth finger of your left hand and thought, “Gee, this diamond doesn’t look as big and beautiful as it did when I first got it.”? You could be starting to show symptoms of a affliction that affects most women at some time in their lives – SHRINKAGE SYNDROME!

No, your diamond isn’t really shrinking. It just looks that was due to physical or psychological reasons. Here are some ideas on why your big beautiful diamond doesn’t seem that way.

• IT’S DIRTY!
o Nothing takes away from the beauty of a diamond more than the everyday use and exposure to lotions, makeup, hair products, detergents, cooking ingredients, and other bodily fluids. A gentle cleaning with a soft toothbrush and a very mild detergent (think Palmolive liquid) works wonders. If this doesn’t get the gunk off your diamond, the use of an ultrasonic cleaner or a home steamer usually does the trick. Or, a visit to your friendly jeweler (Always free at Images) can make your diamond look like new again.

• YOU’RE LOOKING AT IT IN THE WRONG LIGHT!
o Step out into the sunshine! Go some place where the lights are bright (like your friendly jewelry store)! Most diamonds are cut so that light that goes into the stone reflects back at you.

• YOU’VE BECOME TOO USED TO IT!
o Take it off and leave it off! No, not forever silly! Long enough for you to remember who gave it to you, what it meant then, and what it means now. It will give you a new appreciation for your diamond.

• IT NEEDS TO LOOK BIGGER!
o One way to make it look bigger is to have your diamond reset in a diamond halo head. The small diamonds of the halo surrounding your diamond will give the impression that your diamond is bigger.
o Another way is to remount it in a new setting. A new setting also can give the impression of a larger diamond. Add side stones! Change the metal from yellow gold to white gold or platinum! Go to a thinner band with pave diamonds! All of these will give the impression of a larger diamond.

• IT NEEDS TO BE BIGGER!
o The ultimate cure for Shrinkage Syndrome! Face it ladies, you’ve become more mature in both your tastes and your ideas. You’re not that starving college student anymore! The half-carat diamond that you got when you were engaged just doesn’t cut the mustard any more. You’ve become more successful personally and professionally and, quite frankly, you deserve it!

Images Jewelers knows all the cures for Shrinkage Syndrome. Visit us in person at our location in Elkhart, Indiana, or at our website www.imagesjewelers.com . Our consultants will work with you to find the appropriate cure and make you proud to wear your diamond anywhere you go!

Author: Shawn

Indiana University Alumni GIA Graduate Gemologist Student

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