"The intricate process of creating the most incredible diamonds involves multiple steps each fulfilled with the sheer dedication, diligence and vital communication between craftsmen."
- Laxmi Diamond.
The world today sees over 300 different types of documented gemstones. But, even the mention of one directly links back to diamonds. So, it is no surprise that these have stood apart as the choicest gemstones for decades. After all, the overall beauty of diamonds, combined with the appearance, value and uniqueness, is best brought out by impeccable craftsmanship.
For decades, diamonds have been closely linked to human sentiments. The precious gemstone reserves a prime spot in makers' and wearers' hearts from discovery to manufacturing and purchasing. With progress in time, the diamond manufacturing process has evolved with technological interference. But, there is no substitute for the human touch for an object as affectionate as a diamond. Therefore, craftsmanship remains at the heart of the diamond manufacturing process.
At Laxmi Diamond, the manufacturing process occurs at our state-of-the-art facilities, where magical transformations of an unpolished stone come to life every day. Each department functions to its optimum capabilities, utilising the skillset of expert artisans and the latest technological innovations. The artisans and craftsmen at Laxmi Diamond are trained to cater to each gemstone with patience and undivided focus. Their role changes but constantly remains vital through each step of the process.
In the early stages of the planning process, the craft of observance and evaluation plays a significant role. With a keen eye and attention to detail, the artisans at Laxmi Diamond determine the best possible outcomes based on a diamond's shape, durability and proportions.
Another essential requirement in this stage is the analysis of diamond imperfections and inclusions. Aspects such as minor abrasions, nicks, pits, polish lines, and burn marks can quickly go unnoticed by an inexperienced eye. But, the artisans are trained with years of experience and expertise to seek the best out of each stone..
Next comes the cutting stage, a significant deciding step in diamond manufacturing. This part sees the sawing and laser cutting of diamonds. Certainly, Laxmi Diamond has incorporated the latest technological innovations. But, If it weren't for the craft of cutting, a diamond could easily be mistaken for an ordinary crystal or a piece of glass.
However, the most delicate gemstones achieve their facts, angled cuts, brilliance and shine when the artisans get to work. As their timeless skills meet their emotions, the diamonds are enhanced with the perfect facets that create a dazzling, sparkling effect.
Next comes the cutting stage, a significant deciding step in diamond manufacturing. This part sees the sawing and laser cutting of diamonds. Certainly, Laxmi Diamond has incorporated the latest technological innovations. But, If it weren't for the craft of cutting, a diamond could easily be mistaken for an ordinary crystal or a piece of glass. However, the most delicate gemstones achieve their facts, angled cuts, brilliance and shine when the artisans get to work. As their timeless skills meet their emotions, the diamonds are enhanced with the perfect facets that create a dazzling, sparkling effect.
Without the detailed attention of artisans, a wrongly cut diamond would end up as a lifeless, dull stone with little or no value. At Laxmi Diamond, extensive training enables the artisans to be skilled in manufacturing some of the fanciest diamond cuts, such as the emerald, heart and other shapes. The company's patent cut, the Gabrielle cut, is undoubtedly a marvel, displaying an excellent combination of 106 facets.
Laxmi Diamond believes that the relationship between artisans and diamonds has been acquired through the years. Therefore, the company provides ample training to each artisan who steps into the workspace to polish the same. Furthermore, quarterly evaluations are conducted to ensure the workforce's capabilities, helping them learn and progress with each step. So, as we honour their craft, let us hear from them.
Ms Bhumi has been working in the grading department for six months. She has developed a fond fascination for the marquise cut. She finds uniqueness in its shape, which intersects at two points in the stone. Furthermore, Bhumi terms the marquise diamond cut as a classic historical shape reflecting brilliant colour, clarity and style.
Another experienced artisan, Mr Jignesh Parsana, who has been a part of the Laxmi Diamond family for 24 years, speaks about his favourite cut. His expertise lies in dealing with fancy cut diamonds. And yet, he strongly favours and feels that "In the world of fancies, a brilliant round cut remains an ever-shining classic." He further emphasised the round cut being the epitome of light reflection in a diamond, emitting an unmatched rainbow effect. Mr Jignesh shared that the round cut accounts for over 50% of diamond purchases happening in the world.
Mr Dhaval, a craftsman with a decade long experience, also feels strongly about the brilliant round cut. He shared that this versatile shape accommodates all sizes, ranging from (.000 to a huge carat). Additionally, in Mr Dhaval's experience, he has witnessed favouritism for the round cut among renowned jewellers.
Adding to these insights, Bhumik Gajera, Managing Director, Laxmi Diamond, shared that "Diamond manufacturing is a continuous process where one never stops learning. However, the time and work put in by artisans shine through the diamonds.
Finally, the diamond manufacturing process attains completion with assortment and grading. But, of course, there is much more than what meets the eye in a gemstone as precious as diamonds. So before these stones leave the Laxmi Diamond premises, they go through a keen quality check and grading process. The company's in-house team of expert craftsmen and graders apply a set of proven strategies with microscopic examination to evaluate the 4 C's of each diamond.
As the manufacturing process attains completion, each gemstone speaks for itself, reflecting its brilliance and uniqueness.
The artisans' craftsmanship can decide a diamond's fortune. It could either easily ruin a well-formed gemstone with poor planning. Or, if everything goes well, the craft could bring out the best from an average stone, with the diamond ending up as a perfectly polished, sparkling, brilliant piece.
As Laxmi Diamond enters its 50th year of existence, it cherishes and honours the artisan workforce. They are not merely the human capital, but the pillars that help the company stand firm and shine. So next time you see a diamond that catches your eye with its perfect symmetry and spark, you will know that it is a craftsman's devotion and dedication.