Diamonds: Rough to Romance


Andrew Coxon, President of the De Beers Institute of Diamonds, has co-authored a book, Diamonds: Rough to Romance, with diamond industry expert Yasukazu Suwa, to act a guide for owners of diamonds and aims...

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Andrew Coxon, President of the De Beers Institute of Diamonds, has co-authored a book, Diamonds: Rough to Romance, with diamond industry expert Yasukazu Suwa, to act a guide for owners of diamonds and aims to enlighten you as to just why some people are so in love with their diamond.

The focus of Mr. Coxon and Mr. Suwa’s beautiful book is an explanation of the great paradox of the diamond industry: why is it that two diamonds may receive the same accreditation from the diamond industry Diamond Grading Reports (this refers to the 4Cs), but their beauty can differ so vastly? A master jeweller will look further than the standard industry criteria and identify Fire, Life and Brilliance, innate qualities in a beautiful diamond. "The beauty of a diamond starts with the raw material”, he says.

Fire, Life and Brilliance each account for a third of the real beauty of the diamond, yet they are subjective criteria. With intensely-coloured images and detailed description, Mr. Coxon explains Fire as the dispersion of light into rainbows throughout the diamond; Life as the scintillation of the diamond as it moves on your hand; and Brilliance as transparency, the brightness of the diamond, where the distinction between a good and a mediocre diamond is like the difference between mountain and pond water.

The exquisite edition tracks the journey of diamonds from various origins, from their rough to their polished forms explaining the choice of shape for the cut diamond; includes images of historical jewellery to explain the development of the skill of diamond cutting and explains the diamond’s position as the most expensive natural material in the world.

In one of the most comprehensive books written for the diamond consumer, Diamonds: Rough to Romance offers a demystification of the rarest and most beautiful material on earth, without diminishing its perpetual allure and timeless romance.

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