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A diamond in its original state, as found in the earth, is known as a raw or a rough diamond. It has not been cut or polished and often looks like a regular stone or a dirty piece of glass. In itself, though, it is an object of beauty, since it has yet to be exposed to the touch of man.

How to identify rough diamond

When identifying rough diamonds, one should look for an uneven transparent stone, which is usually tinted yellow or brown. However they can appear in hues that cover the entire spectrum of colors, from clear through to white, green, red, purple, and black. They do not sparkle outwardly. Rather, they have an unpolished, metallic type of luster that seems to indicate how much more beauty lies beneath its rugged surface.

In order to be sure that what you have is indeed a rough diamond, one can test it with a portable diamond tester. The device passes heat through the stone to test how quickly it passes through, since diamonds conduct heat at a particular rate - which is very high. A jewelry store should have one to run the test for you. Just make sure that the owner is trustworthy!

Rough diamonds polished and cut

Rough diamond engagement rings

Setting a diamond in an engagement ring requires the jeweler’s skill. Your rough diamond engagement ring or band requires even further skill considering the diamond’s uneven, yet unique shape and size. Its singularity stands out considerably from the standard diamond due to its natural, unrefined state.

Feel free to contact us to custom-make your unique rough diamond engagement ring from our collection of conflict free diamond engagement rings.

Rough Diamonds - 10 facts

Rough diamond prices

The cost of rough diamonds is lower than that of cut and polished diamonds. The size, shape, and clarity determine the quality of the stone and therefore the price. The heavier and larger the gem, the more valuable it is.

Clarity is defined by the amount of foreign substances trapped within the stone, such as gases and traces of other minerals. In addition, the crystalline structure and color add value to the cost. Most rough diamonds have a pale yellow or brownish tint. The clearer the diamond, the more valuable, since the more transparent a diamond, the more difficult it is to find. However, those diamonds that are colored are very rare too, with red being the rarest of the colors. A rough diamond possessing a beautiful tone of pink, blue, or red is considered extremely valuable. Of course, the more intense the color, the higher the value.

Sometimes the price of rough diamonds is more than one bargains for. Many diamonds mined in Africa are sold with the proceeds going to finance the activity of warlords and rebel movements. These diamonds are known as conflict diamonds or blood diamonds. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme is a procedure established to ensure that these diamonds do not enter the mainstream rough diamond market.

I love the idea of a rough diamond wedding band or ring! The charm is in its natural and unaltered form, which conjures up a pure and genuine beauty. I imagine it preserving within its depths, a love so profound that it remains raw and natural; protected and eternal; uncut and unpretentious.