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Describing 58-facet Round Brilliant-Cut Diamonds at GIA

Many beautiful older diamonds are cut to different proportions than modern round brilliants, which makes them a challenge to grade according to modern cut conventions. This article describes how the GIA accommodates these historic gems.

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Is Another 1,000 (or 3,000) Carat Diamond Around the Corner?

Find out why the number of very large diamonds entering the market has increased sharply in the last few years.

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Possible “Sister” Stones of the Hope Diamond

A recent study compares a specially created model of the Hope diamond with recent computer models of the French Blue to determine if other stones could have resulted from either recutting.

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GemCad View of the French Blue Enclosed Within the Tavernier Blue
A Crystallographic Analysis of the Tavernier Blue Diamond

This study uses both historical information and modern data to create a computer model of the Tavernier Blue, orienting the finished diamond within the original diamond crystal.

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De Beers near Colourless-to-Blue Experimental Gem-Quality Synthetic Diamonds

De Beers has produced a faceted synthetic gem-quality diamond that could go unrecognised without careful gemmological testing.

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Computer Rendering of the “French Blue” Diamond
The French Blue and the Hope: New Data from the Discovery of a Historical Lead Cast

With the use of modern tools and technology, this article sheds light on the history and provenance of both the French Blue and the Hope diamonds.

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