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Glossary

Table

Large flat facet centered on the crown of a polished diamond.

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Table Size

Measure of the table width expressed as a percentage of the diameter. Table size is a proportion important to the balance between brilliance and dispersion.

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Tapered Baguette Cut

Diamond cut or shaped into a triangle with one corner cut off, and rows or steps of elongated facets running parallel to the girdle on both the crown and the pavilion. It is a modified version of a standard baguette cut.

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Tone

Degree or depth of colour in terms of lightness or darkness. The tone of a coloured diamond can range from very pale to very dark; it is the degree to which the colour of a diamond approaches white on the pale end, and black on the dark end.

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Toughness

Measure of brittleness, or resistance to fracture and breaking. Diamond has very good durability, but due to its directional hardness diamonds have certain planes of weakness along which they can split or break. Toughness and hardness together determine the durability of diamond.

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Transparency

Degree to which a diamond transmits light, directly relevant to the cloudiness or haziness of the actual diamond material, and the quality of the crystal. Click here to learn more about transparency and the DCLA Transparency Grading System.

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Treated Diamond

Diamonds that are artificially enhanced, to improve either colour or clarity. These treatments fundamentally alter the diamond from its natural state, and therefore need to be fully disclosed. Click here to learn more about treated diamonds.

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Trigon

Triangular shaped natural, with very fine triangular concentric lines. Trigons, when present, are a definitive indicator of natural diamonds.

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Trilliant

Diamond cut or shaped into a triangle, sometimes with curved sides.

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Twinning Line

Type of diamond inclusion that appears as a line or ribbon of pinpoints, tiny feathers, clouds, and crystals. Twinning lines are created where two rough diamonds have grown together in the earth under extreme heat and pressure.

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latest news

Monday 12 June, 2017

GEM DIAMONDS FINDS TWO LARGE ROCKS AT FLAGSHIP MINE IN LESOTHO

Africa focused Gem Diamonds has discovered two diamonds bigger than 100 carats at its Letšeng mine in Lesotho, which should help the company boost revenue and investors confidence.

Tuesday 6 June, 2017

KIMBERLEY DIAMONDS CLOSES ITS LAST MINE

Controversial Australia-based miner Kimberley Diamonds has put its last remaining diamond mine into administration after it failed to secure fresh funding.

Monday 5 June, 2017

DE BEERS GOES TO COURT OVER SOUTH AFRICA EXPORT LEVY

De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) is reportedly appealing to the Pretoria High Court in South Africa to set aside a decision by the South African Minister of Minerals Mosebenzi Zwane requiring DBCM to pay a levy on diamonds exported from South Africa to Botswana for the purpose of aggregation.

Thursday 18 May, 2017

DE BEERS TAPS INTO POLISHED DIAMONDS MARKET WITH FIRST-TIME AUCTION

Anglo American’s De Beers, the world’s largest rough diamond producer by value, has decided to begin selling its own polished diamonds in auctions for the first time in its history.

Wednesday 17 May, 2017

SOTHEBY'S SELLS THE APOLLO AND ARTEMIS DIAMONDS FOR £44.9 MILLION

Wednesday 10 May, 2017

US WOBBLE TAKES SHINE OFF PANDORA SALES

Pandora reported strong growth in the first quarter, but US store closures and sluggish mall traffic dented its performance stateside.

Sunday 7 May, 2017

IMPORTANT ADVICE ON HOW TO SELL YOUR DIAMONDS

If you are you considering selling your diamond, but feel as though you have no idea how or where to begin with the process?