Alumni Chapter

Georgia Chapter: Diamond Cutting with Philip Van Emmenis

The Georgia chapter welcomes master diamond cutter Philip Van Emmenis, who will share his wealth of diamond knowledge and his expertise for the craft he has honed for over forty years. The evening’s topics will include the story of the past, present, and future for diamonds and answering questions about diamond cutting through demonstrations, that will inform and enlighten.

From the 17th century to today, the understanding and importance of a diamond’s cut continues to evolve. Historical details on when and where diamond cutting started, the first cuts and how it was done, the development and transition from mine to Old European cuts will be shared. Plus a detailed account of actions in modern times that have improved the quality of diamond cut in just over the last 100 years, creating the major transitions into the standards of quality – ideal and/or excellent cuts - the diamond marketplace demands today.

Light performance research in diamond has been extensive and continues to grow. Top laboratories include cut grade in their grading reports and branded diamond cuts have gained in popularity, ensuring consumer’s confidence to purchase, in recent decades.

Our speaker will also share his experience with man-made, synthetic diamonds and his involvement with manufacturer Gemesis in the 1990's and early 2000.

Van Emmenis began his career as a cutter in Johannesburg, South Africa – a globally recognized center for master diamond cutters. He was presented with the coveted Finest Diamond Cutter and Diamond Cutting Teacher in South Africa in 1996. In 1997, he left South Africa with his family to start over in the U.S. The very thing that was once a symbol of his corporate conformity – quality cut diamonds – served as his means to build a new life in a new country. He founded Van Diamond and developed the idea of cutting quality diamonds for the public, thus expanding his devotion to perfection.

All are welcome to attend: whether you're a GIA graduate, student, industry associate, hobbyist or guest. Please share this invitation with any others you feel would be interested. Space is limited.