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Do diamonds need to breathe?

on June 16, 2023

Do diamonds need to breathe? Diamond breathing holes are one of the jewelry designs concepts that arouse most curiosity among consumers. So much so, that all kinds of theories and myths are created around them, are any of them real?

Do diamonds need to breathe

Let's discuss to what extent they are really useful and how accurate is everything that is said about them.


Do diamonds need to breathe?

No, diamonds do not need to breathe. A diamond is a solid composition of carbon that does not expand or contract (change its shape or size) by the effect of weather, temperature, light, air or the constant presence of any liquid.

This may be one of the biggest myths related to the design of breathing holes in jewelry.


Why do diamond rings have holes in Them?

If a diamond does not need breathing holes, why are they there? - For ease of handling and maintenance.

The pavilion of the diamond (the lower conical part) ends in a sharp point that has a nearly flat facet called a culet. This "diamond tip" is quite fragile and if it comes in direct contact with the metal during assembly it is possible to break it inadvertently. The holes alleviate this problem.

As for maintenance, these holes give valuable access to the back of the diamonds or gemstones. Especially useful in settings with several small stones set in a row where a large amount of dirt (soap, skin cells, cuticle traces, oils...) can accumulate.

Being able to access all the nooks and crannies of the setting and gemstones ensures that good maintenance with chemicals or ultrasonic jewelry cleaner will completely restore the true charm of a piece of jewelry.


Does a diamond ring with holes sparkle more?

No. Possibly another misconception that arose from misunderstanding the references used by some diamond suppliers, among them, to refer to jewelry characteristics. In this case, breathing as a synonym for receiving more light from the diamond.

Certainly, some cuts such as princess and oval may appear more desirable in light settings "as they breathe better", that is, when their entire figure is allowed to show through (this may be the source of the confusion) but this is not the case with the round brilliant cut.

By receiving and reflecting most of the light through its upper flat side, we can say that this is the only window the diamond would need to shine optimally.

Regardless of how this myth has come to spread, a diamond with breathing holes does not receive any lighter. The holes are on the bottom, when placed on the finger they are completely covered (it would not make sense).


Is it false if a diamond has no holes?

As explained above, the holes are a practical setting element for some rings to facilitate cleaning and maintenance.

In fact, many rings don't even need them. This feature in no way defines the authenticity of a diamond. If you want to know if a diamond is authentic, you can consult our guide on the subject.


Do holes in rings affect gems other than diamonds?

There is some truth to this myth. Some porous compounds and materials of organic origin such as pearls, turquoise, coral or amber do need a source of oxygen and have the tendency to expand (or contract) depending on the amount of liquid they are exposed to.

In this context alone, you may want to consider using holes to maintain good drainage and not affect the materials that make up the jewelry. This in no way applies to diamonds and stones in general.


Do holes in diamond rings make them easier to wear?

Diamonds don't need to breathe, but skin does. The holes in some rings allow the sweat that accumulates under the band to evaporate much faster. This helps decrease the level of irritation on sensitive skin and creates a slightly more comfortable feel.

This is not the reason the holes are actually there, but it is a welcome favorable side effect.



Our FAQs section addresses common questions to help you find answers quickly.


  • How can you tell if a diamond is genuine?

    There are several ways to determine a diamond's authenticity. A common method is to use a diamond tester, which can detect the diamond's thermal or electrical conductivity. You can also observe its brilliance and fire, as real diamonds have a unique ability to reflect and refract light. Additionally, genuine diamonds are extremely hard and scratch-resistant, so scratch or cut tests can be performed.

  • Do diamonds need water?

    Just like they don't need air, diamonds also don't require water. They are hydrophobic and do not absorb or need moisture. In fact, diamonds are often used in applications where a dry and non-reactive surface is necessary.

  • Can diamonds be worn 24/7?

    Yes, you can absolutely wear diamonds all the time! Diamonds are incredibly durable, which is why they are a popular choice for everyday jewelry. Their hardness makes them resistant to scratches and damage, so there's no issue with frequent wear. However, as with any jewelry, proper care and storage are recommended to maintain their sparkle and value.

  • How do you perform a breath test on a diamond?

    The idea of a "breath test" on a diamond is not scientifically valid. Diamonds do not breathe, and there's no need to perform such a test. However, if you're concerned about a diamond's authenticity, you can employ the methods mentioned earlier, such as using diamond testers or examining their optical and physical properties.


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