Diamonds are cut using blades, lasers or other diamonds with techniques that include cleaving, sawing and bruting. During the cutting process, a diamond can lose up to 50 percent of its original weight. More »

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Mine-cut diamonds are typically square or slightly oval and have a deeper crown and pavilion, or top and bottom, than modern stones. "Mine cut" does not refer to the place the diamond was faceted, but rather to its overa... More »

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The most common diamond cuts, as of 2014, include round, emerald, princess and radiant. A diamond’s cut is normally determined by the size and shape of the original, rough stone. More »

In order to purchase conflict-free diamonds, a buyer should be knowledgeable about what constitutes non-conflict diamonds, ask questions about a stone's origin and request written proof of a stone's status. Utilizing a c... More »

The differences between cubic zirconias and diamonds include cost, color, hardness, material, density, dispersion and use. Cubic zirconia is commonly referred to as CZ, and it is a crystalline form of zirconium dioxide. ... More »

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Colored diamonds are created both naturally in the ground over thousands of years and artificially in a lab using technology to treat uncolored diamonds. Naturally created colored diamonds are rare and expensive, while a... More »

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While diamonds are perhaps best known as gemstones used in jewelry, they also have numerous industrial applications, particularly when used as an abrasive or in polishing or cutting tools. They are also used in specializ... More »