Ring Breathing Holes – What Are They?
Diamonds do NOT expand due to heat, nor do they contract due to cold; this fact may seem irrelevant, but it’s the quickest way to convey the fact that breathing holes are named possibly according to the only thing they don’t do.
Often, holes are cut out underneath diamonds in ring mountings or ring sets. Naturally, people assume that the holes are there to allow the diamonds air to, well, breathe?
But the holes are actually there to make it easy to clean the diamonds, and to make the diamonds easier to set without accidentally chipping the Culet (pointy tip of the diamond).
Why Does My Diamond Ring Have Holes Then?
The biggest reason for holes or circles in your rings are to not only show jewelers where the diamonds are to be set into the mounting, , but it also allows the diamond or gemstone point (Culet, as we mentioned above) to be protected.
It keeps them from getting chipped or broken; without a hole on the underside of the shank, chances are good that the sharp point of your stone would break off during setting.
Ring holes also make it easier to clean your diamonds and stones. It gives you better access to the base of your diamond where dirt and debris tend to accumulate. Holes allow you to steam your diamonds easily, or scrub them with a soft cloth to clean them. It helps to keep your diamonds and gems sparkling clean! A Ring without holes would fill up with dirt - especially channel-settings, and be almost impossible to clean. (Read more about jewelry cleaning and maintenance here LINK)
Ring holes still have one more huge and important benefit; they allow your finger to breathe! Maybe that’s how they were named breathing holes?
It allows your sweat to evaporate through the holes so your finger won’t get irritated. Without them, your finger would probably break out in a rash due to moisture build up.
Pearls, on the other hand, ARE organic and need to breathe, contract and expand in different liquids, which also results in them coming loose and falling out of the mounting if you get them too wet for too long.
Have we just cleared up a confusion you never knew you had? We’d love to hear from you!