Rough diamonds are revered for their pure, untouched state and natural beauty. Their value lies both in their beauty and raw material and many do not know that actually it is the cost of the rough diamond that determines the price of a polished diamond.
Just like their polished counterparts, rough diamonds are assessed on a variety of factors. Each factor adds a different dimension to the diamond. A one carat diamond, for example, could be valued higher than a two carat diamond, if its brilliance is especially exceptional.
The process of cutting and polishing a rough diamond generally requires the help of another diamond. As diamonds are the hardest substance, industrial diamonds are used for cutting the precious gemstone. It requires a precise skill to know where to cut and how to navigate natural flaws in the diamond. The polishing process then allows light to be refracted into and through the diamond.In recent years the natural and intrinsic beauty of the rough diamond has come into vogue. Rough diamonds have provided inspiration for jewelry brands to create pieces using uncut, unpolished diamonds. Settings are designed around the diamond, since the rough diamond, unlike a cut and polished diamond is not processed into a uniform shape and size. There is a uniqueness achieved in each piece of rough diamond jewelry because no two rough diamonds are alike.
Ultimately the difference between a rough diamond and a polished diamond is that one is in its natural state and the other has been processed. For centuries the rough diamond was considered sacrosanct until cutting and polishing became popular. Now consumers have the option to show their personal style by choosing jewelry showcasing a rough diamond or polished diamond or using both in their diamond jewelry collection.