Our first was to watch guys turn these...
|Two raw diamonds|
|1.64 carat, near perfect colour, 121 facets. Only €24,850. Get two, I say.|
|Grinding in the facets|
|...and more checking.|
- It takes like 4 days to add 64 more facets to a brilliant cut diamond that already has 57 facets.
- There's no "school" to learn diamond cutting and polishing; it's all on the job.
- You can turn any diamond, of any size no matter how small, into any kind of cut you want, but there's no money in it to work the little guys, because it's too labour intensive.
- It's like an assembly line, because the folks who do it get specialized (and mistakes are somewhat costly). There are people who just cut rough diamonds into rough "point" shapes using saws. There are folks that just chop them in half to create a basic table cut shape. There are folks that just add facets, and other folks who just add more facets.
- By the time you're done, the stone is at least 50% smaller than what they started with, and the rest is ground into dust -- and the dust is kept to make tools that cut diamonds and other things.
KC saw many, many sparkly things she liked. Fortunately for me, there were sufficient restraining harnesses to prevent her from emptying my retirement savings.
From Gassan Diamonds, we wandered across town, passing a drawbridge being raised that had tram tracks on it...
|Note the slots that open in the road for the overhead wires|
|Backed up, waiting impatiently|
|Fallen tree, complete with stump, all made out of metal|
|Engineering meets art|
|Numbed by the radiation|
...or get your photo taken.
|We got this taken because?|
Ordinarily, diamonds and beer would make a great combo, but today less so. At least the sunset that night was nice.
|Colours out the window.|