CHAPTER ONE – OVERVIEW OF THE ROUGH DIAMOND MARKET.
Mining, classification, production and marketing, pricing and value.
CHAPTER TWO – ROUGH DIAMOND STRUCTURE, SHAPE AND ORIENTATION
The structure of the rough, common shape of rough gem diamonds, orienting the rough for weight retention and yield.
CHAPTER THREE – SURFACE FEATURES
External surface features, near surface features.
CHAPTER FOUR – INTERNAL FEATURES
Overview of the internal inclusions, common types of inclusions.
CHAPTER FIVE – THE FUNDAMENTALS OF ROUGH DIAMOND PROPORTIONS
Introduction to proportions, summary of the round brilliant, general proportion analysis.
CHAPTER SIX – COLOR IN ROUGH DIAMONDS
An overview of color, the effects of color on rough externally and internally.
CHAPTER SEVEN – MANUFACTURING ROUGH DIAMONDS
Terminology clarification, the four steps in manufacturing a rough diamond, technology in diamond manufacturing, practical application in manufacturing rough diamonds.
CHAPTER EIGHT – INTRODUCTION ON VALUING ROUGH DIAMONDS
The structure of perceived value, value in relation to expected weight recovery, value in relation to inclusions, color and cut.
CHAPTER NINE – ALLUVIAL DIAMOND MINING
Diamond production and economic forces, types of alluvial mining, basics of river movement, the Kimberly Process.
CHAPTER TEN – DOCUMENTING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF DIAMONDS
Rough to polished, inclusions, color and crystal shapes.