‘Better, Faster, Cheaper’ Automation Brings Diamonds To Market

Technology now gets diamonds to the market faster and tells us how well they are made. But it also makes selling even more competitive - and threatens the gem expert's value New diamond polishing technology, largely in Israel but increasingly worldwide, has revolutionized the tradition-bound diamond trade in just the past five years. It has speeded the diamond-cutting process, improved yield and make and allowed diamond manufacturers to create shapes and identical calibrated sizes never before possible. Technology also has made machine grading for proportion and cut a reality. "Mass production" of these grades is creating its own revolution in the consumer diamond market, particularly in Japan. These developments give consumers in the U.S. and worldwide a better choice of well-made diamonds, especially those larger than a third of a carat. Increasing diamond industry automation als

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