Feature Gems & Gemology, Fall 1981, Vol. 17, No. 3

Revolution in Diamond Cutting: Laser Sawing of Diamond Crystals

Laser sawing of diamonds is beginning to revolutionize the diamond-cutting industry. Not only does the laser saw offer savings in time and money, but it also enables the cutting of material virtually unworkable by conventional methods and makes available an almost limitless assortment of fancy shapes. This article describes the components and operation of the laser saw, as well as the situations in which it has proved most useful.