Diamond School

learn about diamonds

Welcome to Diamond School!

Octahedral shape of Rough Diamond

Octahedral shape of Rough Diamond

Diamonds are born as crystals, like the octahedral rough diamond shown here.

Cutting from the Rough

Cutting from the Rough

It is the hardest known natural material on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness at 10, where hardness is defined as resistance to scratching and is graded between 1 (softest) and 10 (hardest). Diamond’s hardness has been known since antiquity, and is the source of its name.

Diamonds, like most things, start out a bit rough. In reality  To truly shine, they shed their uneven exterior under the careful knife of a Diamond cutter.

 

Every diamond cutter strikes a bargain: how much of the diamond do we carve away, while retaining its natural ability to sparkle & shine? The angles and finish of a faceted Diamond are what determine its ability to reflect light- in essence, what creates it’s brilliance.

 

Proportion and the exact geometry of the cut are key as light must enter the diamond and then be reflected out to create the flashy fire effect.


Do you know the 4 C’s of Diamonds?

They are Color, Cut, Carat & Clarity. 

Each C affects the price of a diamond because all of these features, when perfect, are perfectly rare. And when combined, they result in a myriad of attributes that make each stone interesting and unique. Nature’s most beautiful and illustrious gem has many classes.