Happy 2023 and welcome to our first newsletter for the year. We hope you all had a lovely festive season.
February is already upon us, and we’ve definitely started the New Year with a bang. March is a very popular month for weddings here in Perth so we’ve been flat out with wedding bands, Valentines jewels, engagement rings (always) and more!
The Natural Diamond Journey
This month we’d like to highlight some valuable information on natural (mined) diamonds; we thought it was really relevant at a time when there is much debate and opinion on mined vs lab grown. As you are no doubt aware we lovingly manufacture with both, and big fans of each for differing reasons.
We pride ourselves on being an open minded and progressive gang and love sharing knowledge and empowering our clients. So we thought we’d share this thoughtful insight. Please click on the link below, alternatively scroll on and view the text.
A natural diamond’s story begins with time, somewhere between 1 and 3.5 billion years ago. Before dinosaurs, before humans, before everything!
A natural diamond came into existence hundreds of kilometres inside the earth. Under amazingly high pressure and heat, carbon and mineral rich fluids crystalised into diamonds.
Volcanic eruptions carried diamonds up to the earth’s surface and deposited them into rocks, riverbeds, and even the sea.
There are 3 main ways of extracting diamonds:
Pearls aren’t the only precious gems found under the sea – natural diamonds are too. Rough diamonds deposited in the seabed are recovered by special mining ships trawling the ocean depths.
An ancient method of diamond discovery.
With time, rivers, wind and rain send rough diamonds towards the earths surface. They are extracted by sifting through the sand, gravel and clay.
The Earth’s crust is naturally rich in diamond deposits. Rough diamonds are mined underground, deep beneath the Earth’s surface.
The natural diamond industry has come a very long way.
Today it’s one of the worlds most sustainable industries, supporting a brighter future for the people who brought your diamond to life.
The natural diamond industry uses highly sophisticated mining and manufacturing methods to extract rough diamonds. As an industry, it must comply with strict protocols. It uses cutting-edge traceability technology to verify a diamond’s origin and to track its journey from rough to polished stone.
All this ensures the natural diamonds you buy are a sustainable source for good, empowering local communities, conserving the environment, and providing people with opportunities to improve their lives.
Back To The Community
Sustainable manufacturing reveals a diamonds inner beauty for generations to come, by contributing in areas such as cultural heritage, sustainable communities, health and wellbeing, climate action and reduced inequality.
It seems like magic. A rough, glassy asymmetrical rock gradually turning into a brilliantly symmetrical light refracting gemstone. The secret is a mix of science and artistry, inspired craftmanship enhanced by sophisticated technologies powered by computer vison and artificial intelligence.
Step 1 – Rough Scanning
Since no two natural diamonds are alike, each rough stone is scanned at the mine using technologically advanced devices to capture it’s unique features, and to create a birth registration ID. This begins an unbroken chain of authentication continuing at every stage of the diamond’s journey, until it’s latent beauty is finally revealed.
Step 2 – Rough Planning
There are infinite ways to cut and polish a rough diamond, depending on it’s size and one-of-a-kind features. Today, AI technology suggests the cutting plan best suited to unlock the diamonds hidden beauty and potential. At every manufacturing stage, technology is used to confirm the origin and ID of the rough diamond being processed.
Step 3 – Rough Sawing
Cutting the planned diamond from the hardest material on earth requires painstaking care with high precision laser sawing. The diamond is tracked using technologies that verify their true identities as they are planned, sawed and polished. Every time a diamond is processed through a new stage, it is revalidated to assure no mix ups occur down the line.
Step 4 – Final Planning
Algorithms check your diamonds uniqueness, planned proportions, and other defining features – against the finalisation of the polished plan. So, you can be 100% certain the beautiful diamond you fell in love with is 100% what it claims to be.
Step 5 – Polishing
Polishing brings out a diamonds fire and light performance and marks the final stage in the journey of craftmanship. To ensure the diamond cutter is adhering to the cutting plan, the diamond is periodically scanned using sophisticated instruments. Now an exquisite sparkling gem, the identity of your naturally sourced diamond is verified one last time before it is ready to be become yours!
Diamond are the earth’s heritage for future generations.
Owning a natural diamond is quite unlike anything else. Your diamond connects you to the timeless mystery of existence and miraculous power of Nature!
It is also an expression of your personal values and desire to contribute to communities around the world.
In a world of ephemeral products and experiences, your natural diamond will live on.
Until Next time,
The Stelios Team