Rough or Polished: How Do You Take Your Diamonds?




For many, many generations, diamonds have been inexorably linked to an image of sparkling brilliance.  The shinier the stone, the more elegant, luxurious and opulent one would appear.  Yet a trend has surfaced over the last few years in particular: that of showcasing rough, or unpolished, diamonds in jewelry.  It sounds peculiar at first, to be in possession of such an expensive item and then intentionally hiding the main feature that has traditionally been associated with its beauty.  However, in context to the way world trends have evolved, it makes perfect sense.  People have become increasingly aware of the global environment, as evidenced by the “Green Movement” and “going organic.”  Celebrities have come down off the untouchable pedestals they formerly reigned from and now communicate personally with fans on a daily basis, as they “tweet” up a storm.  The veneer of dignity that protected the government and its agendas has all but vanished as even the most patriotic citizen now questions the intentions of their elected officials.  Ironically, as we live in a cyber-age where “virtual” has become the norm, things have also been moving in a direction towards that which is “real” and natural.  So why shouldn’t diamond displays follow suit?

Diamond-Lighthouse-broker-rough-stoneThe main question is, politics aside, do you like the aesthetics of a rough stone?  Diamond In The Rough, one of the premiere names in rough diamonds, would posit that the total uniqueness of each of its pieces gives them value beyond their mere observable qualities.  The mounting must be tailor made to fit each individual stone, thereby creating a piece where the separate elements work in tandem to compliment each other.  Some of the bands used have numerous smaller cut and polished diamonds (micro pave) encapsulated in them, in order to provide a striking juxtaposition of old and new styles.  The larger, rough diamond in these such settings seems to project an air of vital importance and unprecedented beauty.

Another huge player in the rough diamond business is Todd Reed.  His highly creative, bold, and innovative designs really give the appearance of “natural beauty.”  Often working with “raw diamond cubes” in his pieces, many of his rings give the impression of being simultaneously modern and from another epoch altogether as well.  Utilizing a variety of precious metals, the rough diamonds really stand out against the glimmering backdrops of patina platinum and burnished rose gold.

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photo credits: Todd Reed

trdr380_51Sarah Perlis also has an exquisite selection of rough diamonds, focusing mainly on engagement rings.  These range from the traditional four prong mountings to trio diamond rings, which look especially prominent and eye catching due to the irregularities in the raw diamond shapes.

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photo credits Sarah Perlis

As many trends disappear and then triumphantly reemerge, the rough diamond movement actually dates back to the first recorded usage of diamonds in jewelry.  In fact, the first diamonds of any sort to be discovered were in India, around the year 800 B.C.; they were thought to have been formed by the gods and held an unlimited source of raw power.  Distorting them in any way was believed to sap their strength, so they were always kept intact.  Many years later, in 11th century Hungary, the ruling queen commissioned a crown to be constructed.  This priceless crown was covered in gorgeous diamonds, none of which were polished or cut.  With the visions of the aforementioned designers, we have reentered a phase of rough and raw pulchritude.

Yet of course, there will always be traditionalists.  As a diamond’s value is determined primarily by its “4C’s” (clarity, carat, color…and cut – learn more), the way is it incised is the most important factor in producing its brilliance.  A perfect cut (not too shallow, not too deep) yields unbelievable shine.  Regardless of tastes, the shimmer and gleam emitted by a precisely cut diamond is undeniably remarkable and striking.  No degree of unique, rough splendor will ever sway certain bride-to-be’s from lusting after that quintessential “diamond sparkle.”

All this scintillating information and more in regards to classically cut diamonds is further explained here.


So round, princess, cushion …or naturally occurring, one and only aberrant – which will you choose?  If you have been convinced to join the rough diamond crowd, you may want to sell your old, polished diamond to help finance the purchase of your new rough stone.  Let us at Diamond Lighthouse make this exchange as smooth and profitable as possible for you.  We find you the most elite diamond buyers in the market, and aid you in all aspects of your sale (learn more).  Lastly, if you happen to enjoy your diamonds super sparkly, we can help you upgrade to the diamond of your dreams, too.  Now matter what, you’ll be in good hands.

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photo credit: Queensbee Jewelry


-Joe Leone 


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