Diamond Sawyer or Cutter

What is a Diamond Cutter?

A Diamond Cutter is a trained and skilled artisan who takes a rough diamond and ‘cuts’ it into a faceted shape and polishes it into a beautifully, sparkly diamond.

A Diamond Cutter seriously enhances the value of the stone by doing this.

It’s a very responsible job as a small mistake can actually ruin an expensive stone.

Most diamonds are cut according to a variety of standard faceted designs but there are some which require custom-cuts.  These ones require a lot of mathematics to work out all the ‘faces’ of the custom-cut design.

What does a Diamond Cutter do?

  • being able to look ‘into’ a rough diamond and seeing its potential as a cut gem
  • checking for any flaws
  • deciding which faceted shape would enhance the diamond
  • accurately sawing and cutting the diamond into this shape
  • girdling the diamond:  rubbing 2 diamonds together to create the facet (flat face)
  • cooling down the diamond after girdling an washing it
  • polishing the diamond
  • determining the 4 ‘c’s’: colour, cut, clarity and carat size which determines its final value

Are you … ?

  • passionate about diamonds?
  • passionate about the jewellery business?
  • good with your hands?
  • detail orientated?
  • a person who takes pride in their work?
  • extremely accurate and precise?
  • responsible and reliable?
  • honest?
  • a person with good eyesight?

How do I become a Diamond Cutter?

Due to the fact that diamonds are extremely valuable and it takes very precise training – there are only a handful institutions that offer diamond cutting courses.

Here are a few you could contact:

  • HARRY OPPENHEIMER DIAMOND TRAINING SCHOOL: (Johannesburg)

http://www.diamond.co.za/dts/aboutsch.htm
http://diamond.co.za/dts/inford.htm

  • AFRICAN MINERAL COLLEGE:

Offers a variety of accredited and licensed diamond courses:

http://www.africanmineralscollege.co.za/courses_page.html

  • CORLIA ROBERS DIAMOND EDUCATION COLLEGE:

http://www.diamondcollege.co.za/diamond college_courses.htm

  • DIAMOND EDUCATION COLLEGE:  (Johannesburg)

http://diamondeducationcollege.co.za/about.htm
http://diamondeducationcollege.com/diamond-cutting.htm

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Diamond and Gemstone Setter or Jewellery Designer

Is becoming a Diamond Cutter the right career choice for me?

See below for more info.

Maths Required Qualification Required