The Cutting Truth: Follow a 65+ Carat Diamond From Rough to Polished

In October 2016, Dominion found something unexpected at Ekati, the diamond mine it owns in Canada’s Northwest Territories: a 65.93 ct. piece of bright, sparkling yellow rough. It was a big stone. It had a strong yellow color. It would no doubt make an impressive polished stone. The trick was turning it into one. The art of cutting and polishing is one of the most specialized in the diamond industry. Techniques range from the “bang it out” bread-and-butter work done on smaller stones in mass-production factories in India to the painstaking labor of highly trained craftsmen responsible for transforming million-dollar diamonds. Colored diamonds are among the most complicated diamonds to manufacture, as cutters weigh their key consideration—maximizing the stone’s color—against clarity and carat size. Following the discovery, Dominion sent its newest pride and joy to b

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