Cutting and Polishing
There are not many places in the world where diamonds are cutting. I would only mention a few places, which are: Antwerp in Belgium, Smolensk in the Russian Federation and Surat in India. Jewish masters moved their production from Ramat Gan (Tel Aviv) and New York, mostly to Surat in India due to cheaper workforce and proximity to mines. On our website is a link to download books on cutting diamonds, written by Mr-Don Akiva Caspi. Here you can get more detailed information about the cutting process itself.
During the 1980s, it was known in the world as the so-called Russian cut. What’s really going on here? Namely, the authorities of the former Soviet Union wanted to show themselves to the whole world in the best light, from Russian gymnasts, through the space program, to the cutting of diamonds. They founded the Institute in the city of Smolensk under the name of Crystal, whose goal was for Russian diamonds to be the best-cut diamonds in the world.
In doing so, the socialist regime did not care that in such a method of cutting the size of the stone itself significantly decreased. It was only relevant for them to make their diamonds better, irrespective of the economic feasibility of such a method of cutting and polishing. So, the Russian cut is not any particular pattern, but simply explained, it was the approach to cutting and polishing at that historic moment. The cutting process itself has been significantly improved in the last 15 years by the appearance of advanced lasers in the diamond industry. These are costly lasers that can plan rough stone cutting, so all to engrave the message in the diamond itself, and not at all damage the structure of the diamond itself. Oh my dear ones, the industry is changing and is continuously progressing.