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From Rough to Polished: How Your Ring Was Created

We all want that brilliant sparkle that reflects from the diamond you’re wearing on your hand. Sometimes were so blinded by its beauty that we forget that it was once only a rough stone. After some time and hard work, a diamond comes to life. It’s important to understand the process and have some knowledge about how exactly your ring was created.

The cutting process of a diamond must be done by an expert craftsmen since one mistake can affect profitability. This is why before the cutter does anything he or she must decide what shape they will be cutting the diamond into. This is the planning stage, where the cutter needs to find a way to minimize waste and amount of rough stone used.

Once the shape is decided upon, they can plan proportioning using a computer simulator. This step is when the diamond cutter decides the proportions of the facets and quality of the diamond they would like. The cleaving process is when the rough stone is split into many pieces to make the work more efficient. Lasers or mechanical saws can be used during this process.

The next step is girdling, which is when the rough stones are grinded against each other to become round. Two diamonds are placed on spinning axels across from each other and turned in opposite directions to create the finish. Once the craftsman forms the rounded shape he now has to create the facets on the stone. The diamond is placed on a rotating arm and a spinning wheel is used to polish the rough diamond. This step is supposed to create the facets on the diamond and make it smooth.

The next two stages are the polishing stages. At first 8 pavilion mains, 8 crowns, 1 table facet and 1 cutlet are added to the stone. This is known as the blocking process. After this step the brillianteer’s add in the remaining facets to come up with a total of 58 facets. This is the step where the brilliance of the diamond is determined.

Lastly, the diamond must be inspected. The diamond is checked to make sure it meets the specifications set by the manufacturer. If the stone doesn’t meet the quality it is sent back for some retouching. When you purchase your diamond, you may not even consider how much work went into creating it. The fire and brilliance of the stone takes a lot of hard work and expertise.

The light performance of a Leo Diamond® is different from a conventional round brilliant diamond because of it’s 8 additional strategically placed facets, making it a diamond with 66 facets instead of 58. This work requires the skills and experience of a master diamond artisan. A Leo Diamond® has maximum brilliance that gives it “far away sparkle”™, unlike any other. The Leo Diamond® is truly a labor of love.