When we think of diamonds, we imagine the sparkling, luxurious gems set in high-end jewellery. However, there is another, less talked about type of diamond: the uncut diamond. In this guide, we explore everything you need to know about buying uncut diamonds, including:
- Cut vs uncut diamonds
- What to consider when buying an uncut diamond
- The advantages and disadvantages of buying uncut diamonds
- Three famous uncut diamonds
Cut vs uncut diamonds
Uncut diamonds (otherwise referred to as raw or rough diamonds) are mined and cut but only into a general size and shape. The diamonds are not cut to maximise brilliance, nor are they polished. Instead, the end result is a dynamic and ‘rough’ looking surface, which adds a unique and exciting quality to its appearance.
Cut diamonds, on the other hand, are the diamonds you typically see in jewellery stores. The way diamonds are cut determines the proportions, which in turn impact the way the stone reflects lights. Diamonds that are cut with better proportions exude more brilliance, making the dazzling stones perfect for jewellery.
Compared with cut diamonds, uncut diamonds are usually cheaper, given that cutting and polishing diamonds is a complex and expensive process. However, their affordability does not strictly mean they are the best investment option.