Their History, Sources, Qualities and Benefits
Diamonds includes chapters on:
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.
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd.
US$49.95, Hardcover with jacket,
272 pages, 380 photos plus maps, diagrams, tables, glossary and index, 9" x 11"
Author: Renée Newman
Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd.
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
Facebook comments & first review in a publication:
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
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.
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
49 South Africa
58 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
60 Sierra Leone
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)
151 Art Nouveau
154 Arts and Crafts
158 Art Deco
Chapter 6: How Are Diamonds Priced? . . . 184
192 Carat Weight
196 Cut Quality
199 Cutting Style and Shape
205 Treatment Status
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
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