Diamonds at Auction: McTear's Specialist Jewellery Auctions, Glasgow


Posted in: Jewellery
Posted on: 05 August 2016
Diamonds at Auction: McTear's Specialist Jewellery Auctions, Glasgow Diamonds are known to have been found in India approximately two thousand years ago and were believed to have supernatural properties. Pliny also recorded the existence of diamonds in the first century but they held little value to Roman culture as they lacked the knowledge on how to cut what is the hardest natural substance on earth. Diamonds have a perfect crystal form and are highly symmetrical. Uncut, diamonds can appear rounded but when cut or broken the diamond shaped faces revealed provide a high lustre. It is this nature of the stone that gives it its fiery brilliance when well faceted, particularly when in a brilliant cut. The modern brilliant cut was perfected in the mid twentieth century and features a flat wide table (top to the stone) and reflects the most light possible through the table. In addition to the brilliant cut diamond’s propensity to sparkle, their wider, flatter shape makes them appear larger than those diamond of older, taller cuts. If you have an item of diamond set jewellery that you wish to have valued then please contact auction@mctears.co.uk or come to our salerooms weekdays office hours.


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