Diamonds

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.

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? . . . 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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