BOOK REVIEW – New edition of “Diamonds” is even more comprehensive guide to the world’s most revered precious stones


By David Brough

The updated 2022 edition of the authoritative “Diamonds” by Marijan Dundek, now available on, provides an even more comprehensive guide to the story of the natural precious stones and the factors that determine their value and quality.

The book provides a finely illustrated overview of natural diamonds, notably including a new and expanded chapter on natural fancy coloured diamonds, with descriptions and illustrations of every colour group that have received strong praise from readers.

“I have taken great care over the research of the text and the sourcing of the highest quality images in order to deliver the most informative and entertaining guide possible for diamond lovers and gemmologists,” Mr Dundek told Jewellery Outlook.

“Whether coming to ‘Diamonds’ for the first time or already knowledgeable in the field, every reader will find something of interest and value in its pages.”

Marijan Dundek

Marijan Dundek

The book talks about the creation and development of diamonds in the earth’s crust, and relates a history from the earliest diamond discoveries, the origins of commercial diamond mining in South Africa, recent changes in the diamonds industry, including global shifts in centres of production and distribution, the international implementation of ethical standards in the trade, and the emerging roles of China, India, Russia and Dubai as major players in the diamonds market.

It also illustrates some of the world’s most remarkable diamonds, such as the 31.06-carat fancy deep blue Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond, the 70.21-carat Idol’s Eye colourless diamond, and the 5.11-carat “Moussaieff Red.”

The book, which has been widely used as an educational tool in jewellery and gemstone courses, explains the “four Cs” that measure the quality of a diamond, and gives fresh insights into the history, influence and role of the GIA in the diamond world.

In the new edition, “Diamonds” presents the new look of the GIA diamond grading certificate, which communicates the origin, journey and specifications of the diamond, and will be made available by the seller to the buyer.

"Diamonds" by Marijan Dundek

Marijan Dundek, who previously worked for Graff Diamonds in London for 16 years, wraps up his book by telling the story from the mine to the design, cutting and polishing of Graff’s exquisite “Lesotho Promise”, one of the most fabulous diamond jewellery suites in the world, illustrated by an extraordinary array of pictures.

Mr Dundek is a leading authority on diamonds. In his professional career he has worked with and advised on some of the world’s finest and most valuable diamonds.

His passion for his field and for furthering knowledge about diamonds and the diamond industry, led him to write “Diamonds”, which has been highly commended by leading experts and organisations in the global trade.

As a consultant, Mr Dundek has frequently attended the high-value “Magnificent Jewels” auctions staged by Christie’s and Sotheby’s in Geneva twice a year. 

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Marijan Dundek