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Fun Jobs in the Diamond Industry


So you’ve just graduated college with an advanced degree in the horticultural customs of indigenous Iowans.  Or maybe you hit it rich in the incipient days of the dot com boom, retired early and now are looking for a stimulating new activity to occupy your time.  Your natural destination? Why a career in the culinary arts at McDonalds, of course.  Good luck to you.

But wait!  Have you ever considered jobs in the diamond industry?  There are oodles of positions, located all around the world, looking for candidates just like you!

Here’s an alluring aggregation of all the diamond related career paths you just may find yourself exuberantly skipping down in the months to come.

Miner: Do you love dirt?  Looks like this earthy position was made for you.  See the world as you bore holes into sedimentary rock in Australia, Africa and…wait for it…Canada!  Nothing can be more rewarding than burrowing into steep, dank mine shafts for weeks at a time, excavating mound after mound of craggy soil, until you finally uncover a pebble sized speck of actual rough diamond.  Huzzah!


Bonus benefit:  You sometimes find old, headless Barbie dolls in the dirt, which you are free to keep for yourself.

Cutter:  Were you always cutting school?  Do you enjoy getting hair cuts?  Are you not cut out for many other jobs?  Well, none of those things are relevant.  Being a diamond cutter takes a natural predilection for incising stones comprised of the hardest material on the planet.  It’s not an easy feat.  The slightest mistake and -whoops- you’ve just ruined the stone and depreciated it by god knows how many thousands of dollars.  Unlike a foray into Weight Watchers, here you are trying to accomplish “weight retention.”  Ultimately, a career in cardio vascular surgery may be easier to attain.


Bonus benefit:   If you do reach your dream of being an authentic cutter, you are legally allowed to carry Crocodile Dundee sized knives around with you.

Girdler: Much like the person who gets to lace up the girdle that your gramma wears, a diamond girdler truly must be committed to, and love, their job.  The girdle is the infinitely thin strip that goes around round brilliant cut stones, connecting the crown to the pavilion, so precision must be your strongest suit.  Not a good field for people with “the shakes.”


Bonus benefit:  When telling people you are a Girdler, they may mistake you for the comic lovechild of The Riddler and Grimace.

Polisher:  Have people always complimented you for being ‘oh so smooth’?  Put your silky skills to work in the fast paced world of professional polishing.  Required experience: 5 years in the shoeshine business, or a summer spent “waxing on, waxing off.”  What the job actually entails is putting a diamond up to a wheel that spins around and smooths out the surface facets.  What’s on the wheel?  Other chunks of diamond!  That’s right: it’s diamond-ception.  (De facto, it’s a fine “diamond dust” that covers the wheel, but you get the idea.)  Only diamond can wear diamond down to the glossy sheen we’ve come to know and love and, in some cases, obsess over like Gollum.


Bonus benefit: Polishers do not need a visa to vacation in Poland.

Brillianteer:  Don’t know what this means?  Guess what?  Neither do the people employed in this field.  You basically just make the diamond a little more ‘brilliant,’ which is a word British people use for when something is smashingly crackling.  In all verisimilitude, a brillianteer is really a super specialist polisher who goes to work on larger sized diamonds and polishes them in an evanescent way to bring out their “brilliance” and “fire” (which is the symbolically immolated way that light refracts through a diamond and dances around the room, like an ecstatic fairy, drunk on mead).


Bonus benefit:  All the brill cream you can stand.

Wholesaler:  Do you have colossal piles of money blocking the entranceway to your helipad?  Put them to good use: buy a bunch of loose diamonds and then sell them internationally to jewelers at a huge mark up.  Violá.  You’re now a wholesaler, the rock star of the diamond biz (a veritable Justin Guarini).


Bonus benefit:  Being a Wholesaler is far preferable to being a Hole Seller, the person who is in charge of selling land after it has been mined completely dry of diamonds.

Jeweler:  Are you good at crafts?  Do you like working with your hands?  Do you already have your very own Etsy account?  Boom.  A jeweler’s life is the life for you.  Delicately placing diamonds into silver, gold and platinum mountings is definitely one of the most dazzling jobs in the industry.


Bonus benefit:  Fool-hearty, Dense and Clueless men will approach you and ask “What engagement ring should I get??” and you are free to sell them the worst piece in your inventory for the highest price you can!

Marketer: You’ve seen “Mad Men,” right?  This is just like that — except no tumblers of bourbon, excessive cigarette smoking, extramarital affairs or accompanying mod yet somber soundtrack.  Just a lot of pictures of diamonds and phrases like “A Diamond is …a rock that lasts a really, really, really long time” (or slightly catchier).


Bonus benefit:  At least you don’t work in the super market.

After Market Diamond Sales: Do you like helping people sell their old diamond jewelry for the absolute best price they can find, anywhere on the planet?  Is your ideal career one that balances doing the right thing and aiding people in potentially difficult times while still working in the luxury field?  Well, we’ve got stellar news for you.  Just such a magical place does exist: Diamond Lighthouse.  Find out what we really are all about (all jokes aside) here!


Bonus benefit: You get to live in your own diamond studded studio apartment, in an actual lighthouse.


-Joe Leone

Brilliant! What Gives Diamonds their Smashing Sparkle


Diamonds are pretty sparkly, aren’t they?  Ever thought about how that happens?

When a diamond is first found in the dirt, it doesn’t appear that breathtaking.  Yes, it’s hard – the ancient peoples of the world discovered this many moons ago, as they routinely would bludgeon each other with diamond weaponry.  Luckily (for pretty thing enthusiasts), someone got the bright idea to start cutting and polishing these rocks, nice and smooth-like.  That’s when their intrinsic sparkly essence was released for the world to forever wonder over.  Centuries later, diamonds are still hailed as the number one symbol of jewelry elegance, opulence and splendor.  The Cadillac of condensed carbon.  The Clooney of stones.

But what exactly makes them sparkle so?


Much like a heated round of laser tag, it’s all about the light.  Specifically, the speed and direction of light.  “Hmm…isn’t the speed of light a really well known scientific constant?” probably just popped into your head.  Yes, you physics minded smartypants, it is.  However,  hashtag “E=mc2” only applies to light in a vacuum (like that heavy Electrolux your mom used to make you lug around the house).  In the actual world in which we live, light gets slowed down by all the pesky electrons that get in its way.  The denser the material, the more the electrons.  So let’s break it down into some actual figures: light unmolested by electrons flies by at 186,000 miles per second; light passing through water/ice drops down a gear and clocks in at 140,000 mps; light through a pane of window glass hits 120k mps and light trying to mosey through colored/cut/lead-containing glass slows down to 100k mps .  So let’s talk diamonds.  Light basically screeches to a relative halt when trying to pass through a diamond: 80k mps.  That is one turtle-like beam of slow-pokey light.

Now here’s where it gets interesting.

Once light passes from one material to the next, and its speed changes up, something happens to the ray.  Much like a lenient parent acquiescing to an annoying and portly child’s demand for soft-serve with sprinkles, the light bends.  If you happen to catch a beam of sunlight after it hits a glass of water, you may notice how the light curves and then presents itself in what poets and dreamers refer to as a “rainbow.”  However, light is not always this malleable; there is a little trick it has up its sleeve.  It’s called reflection (this is the phenomenon that allowed Narcissus to admire himself and style his hair for hours while looking into a river).  If light hits a flat, colorless substance at an angle, it bounces back – like Mickey Rourke’s career (and equally as brief).


Enter the diamond.  When a shaft of light hits a diamond, penetrating several of the facets, it obviously doesn’t just shoot straight through it, like a BMW speeding past a bad part of town.  The light enters into what is a virtual bouncy castle, pinging and ponging back and forth within the stone before it finally escapes.  But remember the tale of the “Spectacular Sunlight and the Magical Water Glass Spectrum?”  Since ‘white light’ is comprised of ALL the hues of the rainbow, when it penetrates a diamond, something trés cool happens.  The colors traverse in varying ways, meaning each color bends differently within the diamond (this is called refraction: reflection’s limber cousin.)  Now, here’s where the real science-y part comes in: the more distance that the light has to cover, the more the colors break apart from each other – separating into a multitude of wavelengths.  So by the time the light boings around several times within the diamond (bouncing off each reflective surface) and finally emerges, it really becomes dispersed.  Hence the term “dispersion” that gemstone experts use to describe the laser light show that diamonds put on.  All these colors shooting out of the diamond at assorted angles coalesce into that brilliant sparkle, or “fire,” that we lust after.  Other precious gems out there reflect and refract light in dynamic ways as well, but none put on the Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza that diamonds do with such spirited ease.


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-Joe Leone