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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.

Author: Renée Newman

Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd.

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

$49.95, Hardcover with jacket, 380 photos plus maps, diagrams and tables, 9" x 11"

Publication date: October 1, 2021

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Is a Diamond?

<A> A Practical Tool

<A> A Good Luck Charm with Magical Powers

<A> A Symbol of Power & Wealth

<A> An Ornamental Gemstone

<A> A Poker Chip or Plaything

<A> A Mineral Composed of Carbon with a Unique Crystal Structure

<A> A Direct Sample of the Interior of the Earth

<A> A Source of Income

<A> An Insatiable Obsession

<A> A Form of Portable Wealth

<A> A Symbol of Love and Commitment


Chapter 2: Where Are Diamonds Found?

            <A> India

            <A> Borneo

            <A> Brazil

            <A> South Africa

            <A> Namibia

            <A> Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

            <A> Angola

            <A> Sierra Leone

            <A> Tanzania

            <A> Botswana

            <A> Zimbabwe

            <A> Lesotho

            <A> USA

            <A> Russia

            <A> Australia

            <A> Canada


Chapter 3: Diamond Mining and Processing

            <A> Alluvial Mining

            <A> Marine Mining

            <A> Open-Pit Mining

            <A> Underground Mining


Chapter 4: The Evolution of Diamond Cutting

            <A> Crystal Structure and Cutting

            <A> The Cutting Process

            <A> Machine Advancements in Cutting

            <A> The Development of Diamond Cuts

                        <B> Point Cut

                        <B> Table Cut

                        <B> Rose Cut

                        <B> Single Cut

                        <B> Double Cut (Mazarin Cut)

                        <B> Triple Cut (Brilliant Cut, Old Mine Cut)

                        <B> Old European Cut

                        <B> Modern Round Brilliant Cut

                        <B> Mixed Cuts

                        <B> Step Cut and Emerald Cut

                        <B> Slice Cut


Chapter 5: The Evolution of Diamond Jewelry

            <A> Early Diamond Jewelry

            <A> Period Jewelry (European and American)

                        <B> Georgian

                        <B> Victorian

                        <B> Art Nouveau

                        <B> Arts and Crafts

                        <B> Edwardian

                        <B> Art Deco

                        <B> Retro

                        <B> Mid-Century

                        <B> Modern


Chapter 6: How Are Diamonds Priced?

            <A> Color

            <A> Carat Weight

            <A> Cut Quality

            <A> Cutting Style and Shape

            <A> Clarity

            <A> Transparency

            <A> Treatment Status

            <A> Creator

            <A> Diamond Grading Reports

            <A> Non-Quality Factors that Can Affect Prices


Chapter 7: Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

            <A> Terminology for Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

            <A> HPHT-Grown Versus CVD-Grown Diamonds

            <A> Timeline of Lab-Grown Diamond Development

            <A> Lab-Grown Diamond Jewelry


Chapter 8: Diamond’s Remarkable Benefits

            <A> Superior Hardness

            <A> Nontoxic and Biocompatible

            <A> Resistance to Chemicals and Radiation

            <A> Excellent Heat Conductor

            <A> Excellent Electrical Insulator

<A> Excellent Semiconductor if Doped with Boron

            <A> Resistance to High Temperatures

            <A> Exceptional Transparency

            <A> Unmatched Beauty

            <A> Emotional Significance


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