The Process of Diamond Cutting and Manufacturing
The manufacturing of diamonds has advanced more since 1980 than in the preceding century. During the past two decades, a quiet revolution has taken place in much of the diamond-manufacturing industry.
By adapting computer-imaging techniques, precision measurement systems, lasers, and other modern technological equipment.
All of these challenges must be addressed throughout the cutting process. Today, diamond manufacturing involves the following basic steps:
- Selecting (or sorting) the diamond rough. This includes examining each diamond for its potential color grade, clarity grade, and cutting style. The main sorting categories are size, shape, color, and clarity.
- Marking the rough for manufacturing. This step is crucial because it represents the major decision on how to manufacture a given piece of diamond rough.
- Cleaving and/or sawing the rough crystal. Cleaving is the traditional method for dividing a rough diamond into two parts.
- Bruting the girdle. It is with this step that the diamond receives its basic shape.
- Polishing the facets. This is the final stage in diamond cutting.
It is interesting to note that the new cutting factories are producing a more efficient way to produce polished diamonds at a lower operating cost. These savings are being passed on to consumers. So in today’s world the general public is being offered a superior product at a lower cost than in the past.
The revolution in diamond cutting started less than two decades ago. Above all, already it has completely changed the diamond industry in several major cutting centers.
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