A Historical Look at Diamond Cutting

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Diamonds are adored for their brilliant sparkle but of course they don't look like that when they come out of the ground. The diamonds that are formed under the earth's surface are brought up to the surface by volcanic activity. Not only do they have a rough ride to get to the surface but once there they often tumble on the ground or in rivers. These valuable Tiffany Rings Sale gems have a naturally frosty skin and with the conditions they endure before they are mined they can have a pretty course surface by the time they are discovered.

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A Historical Look at Diamond Cutting Diamonds are adored for their brilliant sparkle but of course they don't look like that when they come out of the ground. The diamonds that are formed under the earth's surface are brought up to the surface by volcanic activity. Not only do they have a rough ride to get to the surface but once there they often tumble on the ground or in rivers. These valuable Tiffany Rings Sale gems have a naturally frosty skin and with the conditions they endure before they are mined they can have a pretty course surface by the time they are discovered.

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Once it was discovered that there was a beautiful gem under this frosty coating the practice of diamond cutting began. Like almost everything the art of diamond cutting has evolved, especially over the last 170 years. Because of the changes in this industry those who are knowledgeable enough can date diamonds based on the cut with a certain degree of accuracy. Of course it isn't a perfect science but it can be quite helpful when trying to date specific pieces of jewelry. Originally there was one main goal when cutting diamonds. Because diamonds have always been sold by weight keeping that weight as high as possible was the main concern when removing the frosty outer layer to uncover Cheap Tiffany Rings the beauty within. Maintaining the weight is still important today, but other things are also considered such as proportions, symmetry and inclusions. Each cutter can decide which they feel is most important for each particular diamond they cut.

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When diamonds are formed in nature they are often an octahedron shape, which is an eight sided figure that looks like two pyramids joined at the base with a point on either end. Although they can come in variations of this because their formation and trip to the earth's surface isn't a smooth one. Because they can come in slightly varying shapes the shape of the polished diamond will vary as well, as the shape of the polished diamond is often Tiffany Jewelry Rings determined by the shape of the rough stone. In the early years of diamond cutting the cut stone would be somewhat pointed on each end when the original form was an octahedron.

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During the mid 1800s a new way of cutting diamonds was discovered to make a stone that worked better for jewelry. It was discovered that if you left one end pointed but slightly flattened the other end it could be better set into jewelry Tiffany Rings . This was known as the old-mine cut; this cut lasted until the end of the 1800s. Methods are continually refined so cuts are done a bit differently today, but the history of diamond cutting can help us date at least some diamonds more easily.

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