Their History, Sources, Qualities and Benefits



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Diamonds includes chapters on:

  • What a diamond is — its significance from antiquity to the present day and what it represents from different perspectives

  • The process and history of mining diamonds — the locations (both modern and historical) as well as the techniques used to mine diamonds

  • The evolution of diamond cutting — how a diamond is cut and polished and the key cuts and shapes to know

  • Diamond jewelry through the ages — how diamonds have been used in jewelry from pre-Georgian times till today

  • Diamond price factors

  • Man-made diamonds

  • The remarkable benefits of diamonds

Diamonds will be a welcome guide for anyone who has felt their romance and power. It will also be a useful resource for professionals in the jewelry trade. Click here for sample pages.

Author: Renée Newman

Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd.

ISBN-13: 978-0-2281-0331-8

US$49.95, Hardcover with jacket, 272 pages, 380 photos plus maps, diagrams, tables, glossary and index, 9" x 11"

Publication date: November 17, 2021

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Facebook comments & first review in a publication:

“I cannot wait to sit down with @reneenewmangg 's new book which I received today. A very comprehensive look at all things diamond, with beautiful colour images and diagrams. So glad I managed to get mine on pre-order!” Sammantha Maclachlan, gemologist and appraiser

"I have my copies and it is an outstanding work; deserving of an award!"

Diane Caldwell, gemologist and appraiser


"Having read a couple of chapters I’d say it’s well researched, well laid-out and filled with great illustrations. My favourite book on diamonds for sure!"

James Evans, gemologist and founder of Lustre Gemmology

"This book is comprehensive and just so informative. It is beautiful to look at as well. I have ordered 8 copies so far, They make excellent gifts."

Paula Crevoshay, Jewelry artist, designer and painter


The first thing you notice and appreciate about Renée Newman’s new book Diamonds: Their History, Sources, Qualities, and Benefits is the remarkable photo illustration that graces the cover: a group of five absolutely delicious-looking diamond rings. This photo is the perfect reminder of just how wonderful and aweinspiring diamonds can be, from the icy colorless gems to the candy-like fancies. But this is not just another coffee table book full of incredible images of impossibly expensive baubles (although, those are quite lovely!). In 272 glossy pages, Ms. Newman invites us to consider everything there is to know about diamonds, from their formation deep in the earth, to their mining by man and machine, and on to their eventual use in both industrial and entirely frivolous applications.

      Organized into an economical eight chapters, Diamonds takes the reader on a journey through the science and history of this amazing mineral.

      Just as in her previous books, Ms. Newman adopts a neutral and straightforward tone in her narrative. The explanations are clear, concise, and not overly technical. While the book covers a huge range of subjects, many of them quite complicated, Ms. Newman knows just how much space should be allotted to each and does not get bogged down in any one area. For instance, her survey of historical and present-day diamond sources is a terrific primer on the topic and gives up-to-date information about the various mining concerns and their output all over the world. This is a theme that could fill volumes, with the fine details of proprietorship, funding, and yield shifting constantly, but Ms. Newman handles everything in a very readable and uncomplicated way. I learned quite a bit that I did not know about historical diamond sources, such as Golconda, and much that I have missed out on about contemporary mines in far-flung locales.

     One excellent benefit of reading Diamonds cover-to-cover is all of the many questions it raises in the mind of the reader for later exploration. Whether you are most intrigued by ancient jewelry fashions or high-tech production of CVD gems, there is plenty of food for thought and an exhaustive bibliography to explore. Ms. Newman also cites the opinions and work of top experts in the field of gemology, as well as dealers and designers whose professions rely on diamond’s appeal. Many of these names will be familiar to NAJA’s membership, including diamond dealer Michael Goldstein, who weighs in on antique makes, and researcher Branko Deljanin, whose work on synthetic diamonds is cited.

     Reading Diamonds is a pleasure, but the photos and illustrations serve to perfectly enhance the text. In particular, Ms. Newman highlights early diamond cuts and jewelry, which are often overlooked in books devoted to more brilliant bling. Not every jewel depicted is beyond the reach of the average jewelry appraiser, either, and she makes a point of illustrating contemporary fashions from the likes of De Beers’ Lightbox. These pieces are budgetfriendly, utilize lab-grown diamonds, and are becoming increasingly more common in jewelry boxes around the world.

     Diamonds: Their History, Sources, Qualities, and Benefits is a beautiful book, both in its many photographs and illustrations and in its content. It gives the reader an excellent overview of the many facets of diamonds: historical, technical, industrial, decorative, and symbolic. The accessible text provides a bounty of information to the novice and fresh insights to the expert, all while working its nimble way from topic to topic. Renée Newman’s impressive body of work boasts a brand new star in this lovely book!

  The Jewelry Appraiser (published by National Association of Jewelry Appraisers) Reviewed by Caitlin St John, GIA GG


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is a Diamond? . . . 10

          10  A Practical Tool

          12  A Good Luck Charm with Magical Powers

  13  A Symbol of Power & Wealth

  19  An Ornamental Gemstone

  23  A Poker Chip or Plaything

  24  A Mineral Composed of Carbon with a Unique Crystal Structure

  31  A Direct Sample of the Interior of the Earth

  33  A Source of Income

  33  An Insatiable Obsession

  34  A Form of Portable Wealth

  35  Symbol of Love and Commitment


Chapter 2: Where Are Diamonds Found? . . . 38

          40  India

          44  Borneo

          46  Brazil

          49  South Africa

          57  Namibia

          58  Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

          59  Angola

          60  Sierra Leone

          61  Tanzania

          62  Botswana

          64  Zimbabwe

          64  Lesotho

          66  USA

          67  Russia

          72  Australia

          74  Canada


Chapter 3: Diamond Mining and Processing . . . 78

          78  Alluvial Mining

          81  Marine Mining

          82  Open-Pit Mining

          86  Underground Mining

          92  Diamond Sorting


Chapter 4: The Evolution of Diamond Cutting . . . 96

          97  Crystal Structure and Cutting

        100  The Cutting Process

        104  Machine Advancements in Cutting

        106  The Development of Diamond Cuts

        106       Point Cut

        107       Table Cut

        110       Rose Cut

        112       Single Cut

        113       Double Cut (Mazarin Cut)

        113       Triple Cut (Brilliant Cut, Old Mine Cut)

        116       Old European Cut

        119       Modern Round Brilliant Cut

        124       Mixed Cuts

        127       Step Cut and Emerald Cut

        129       Slice Cut


Chapter 5: The Evolution of Diamond Jewelry . . . 132

        132   Early Diamond Jewelry

        138   Period Jewelry (European and American)

        139       Georgian

        144       Victorian

        151       Art Nouveau

        154       Arts and Crafts

        154       Edwardian

        158       Art Deco

        163       Retro

        158       Mid-Century

        172       Modern


Chapter 6: How Are Diamonds Priced? . . . 184

        185  Color

        192  Carat Weight

        196  Cut Quality

        199  Cutting Style and Shape

        201  Clarity

        202  Transparency

        205  Treatment Status

        208  Creator

        209  Diamond Grading Reports

        210  Non-Quality Factors that Can Affect Prices


Chapter 7: Laboratory-Grown Diamonds . . . 212

        213  Terminology for Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

        213  HPHT-Grown Versus CVD-Grown Diamonds

        218  Timeline of Lab-Grown Diamond Development

        224  Lab-Grown Diamond Jewelry


Chapter 8: Diamond’s Remarkable Benefits . . . 228

        229  Superior Hardness

        232  Nontoxic and Biocompatible

        232  Resistance to Chemicals and Radiation

        233  Excellent Heat Conductor

        233  Excellent Electrical Insulator and Semiconductor

        235  Resistance to High Temperatures

        237  Exceptional Transparency

        237  Unmatched Beauty

        245  Emotional Significance


        246  Glossary

        258  Bibliography

        265  Acknowledgements

        267  Index        


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