New book gives rare insight into coloured diamonds
Uncut Lesotho Promise – 603 ct
LONDON, November 1, 2009 – While coloured diamonds represent an increasingly important part of the diamond trade, there is little information about them in the popular literature.
However, this has been put right by the new edition of “Diamonds” by Marijan Dundek, a leading authority in the field with a lengthy experience in the diamond trade.
The book has a chapter on natural colour diamonds, with descriptions and images of each main colour group, including blues, browns, grays, greens, oranges, pinks, purples – and the supremely rare reds.
Written in clear, concise and jargon-free language, with full colour illustrations throughout, the book aims to help the reader acquire a basic knowledge of diamonds and an understanding of the main factors that determine their quality and value.
It also outlines the history of diamonds and the growth of the diamond industry, and incorporates a new chapter on the life story of the Lesotho Promise, acquired by Graff Diamonds, which was 603 carats in the rough and was transformed into 26 D colour flawless diamonds, all of which were set into a fabulous necklace.
Princess Rose 12.82 ct, Graff Diamonds
“Diamonds” is aimed at professional jewellers and gemmologists, valuers and auctioneers, students and teachers of gemmology, prospective buyers of diamonds, or simply those interested in learning more about this most prized of gemstones.
The book has been praised by organisations including the Gemological Institute of America, the British Jewellery Association, the National Association of Goldsmiths, and the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.