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can a cut ruby shatter and fall out of its setting?

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I recently had an old ruby ring modified into a new setting. The stone is about 50 years old. The new setting is about 6 months old. A few days ago I noticed the stone was missing.[in the time frame of approx 20 minutes] I called into the jeweler who made the new setting and he advised me the setting was perfect and that I must have banged it and it shattered and fell out. I find this hard to believe as the stone was in a more pronounced setting for nearly 50 years with no problem at all. I am very careful with this ring and certainly did not bang it against anything.

asked May 29, 2012 by Mick (120 points)

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Ruby is a very durable and tough gemstone. However, its tenacity is still brittle, which means if enough pressure is applied it can crack or shatter. However this would have to be a very large amount of pressure for it to break due to its durability and is not likely, though still possible. It is more likely that the setting was not durable enough and too flexible or brittle itself. I would take the setting to a professional jewelery for analysis, or perhaps your insurance company can have it looked at by an expert to determine this.

answered May 29, 2012 by hershel (51,840 points)