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Best books about diamonds (part 1)

Just like Hollywood, the publishing industry loves a good diamond book, and diamonds can be used in many ways to tell a story. The following list is about great books featuring diamonds, a mix of fiction and non-fiction.

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Making the Grade

Most people call a diamond's shape "cut." Since January 2006, however, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) started using the term to refer to the quality of a round polished diamond's workmanship, known as Cut Grade. 

Cut Grade considers the workmanship in transforming a diamond from rough to polished. It is the only characteristic of a diamond determined by human action.

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Going After the Heart

Heart-shaped diamonds are mentioned in letters between Italian nobility as early as 1463. Mary Queen of Scots gave Queen Elizabeth a ring set with a Heart-shaped diamond in 1562. They even appear in paintings from the era.

Today, Heart-shaped diamonds are very popular in the Far East. In the past year, it has gained growing popularity in the US especially after singers Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj received engagement rings set with Heart-shaped diamonds.
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Crystal Clear - Fancy Color

Pink, blue, green, red or other naturally colorful diamonds are Fancy Color or Colored diamonds. They are very rare creations of nature and the majority of them - more than 85% of the fancy color polished diamonds - are fancy yellow diamonds smaller than 1 carat.  

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Animal Shaped diamonds

Horse Head

When we talk about unusual diamond cuts, the Horse Head is one that a surprising number of people are familiar with. The shape was invented by Henri Daussi Loots, an Antwerp master diamond cutter, founder of the New York based jewelry company that still bears his name. The Horse Head is more common than one might expect and GIA even has a 'Horse Brilliant' shape definition for grading Horse Head diamonds. While there are many examples of poorly cut Horse Heads that only superficially resemble a horse, a well-cut stone is unmistakable. Some more adventurous cutters even claim to be able to create stones that distinguish between a mare and a stallion.

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The diamond industry pipeline starts with mining, then rough trading, manufacturing, jewelry setting and finally retailing. It may look like a short and efficient journey, however it is anything but t...
It might surprise people to know that there are only around 50 active diamond mines in the world. These mines never seem to be found on the outskirts of major cities. Instead, they are usually located...
We have seen how the industry has undergone significant changes over the past 20 years and how smaller companies have emerged to play an increasingly important role in supplying rough diamonds to the ...
When I discussed fancy brown diamonds in last week’s article, I stated that unlike other fancy color shades that are extremely rare in nature, brown diamonds are plentiful and therefore command much l...
A major diamond rush, located in Lüderitz (in the former German colony of Deutsch-Südwestafrika - German South West Africa) is among Namibia’s most famous diamond sites. In 1907, the Germen railroad w...
When most people hear about diamond mining, they think of South Africa, where diamonds were discovered in 1866 in the Kimberley region. A 15-year-old boy discovered the now-famous 21.25-carat Eureka D...
In the last two decades, much has been said about an impending demand vs. supply imbalance in the diamond industry. Huge mines discovered over the past 40 years are nearly mined out, some argue, and n...
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