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Holes on underside of diamond rings

Why are the settings hollow on the bottom of a diamond ring (ie the open holes in the gold)?
I thought this might be for cleaning purposes but my friend said that it is because diamonds need to BREATHE. (What is even is breathe? Is this word even diamond terminology?) Thanks!

Hi Heather,

Cleaning, breathing, potato, patato. Jewelers make the holes for two reasons: 1) to allow light or cleaning material to have access to the stone. And 2) to make more money. Every little punch out of metal you don’t get is a few extra dollars in the pocket of the jeweler. If you make enough rings, these dollars add up! Does a diamond have to breath? Nope. If it does, is it a big deal? Nope. Breath or not it doesn’t really matter; the only job of a diamond is to take our breath away! 🙂 But not for too long… 🙂


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