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Diamonds Are A Bead's Best Friend | Sharing the Sparkle
Posted by Erin to Articles
When we think of diamonds, we commonly think of the gem-quality beauties we see in jewelry. What we often forget is that there are oodles of industrial-grade diamonds used in manufacturing applications.

The bead industry is seeing faceted stone beads that are cut using industrial-grade diamonds, and  the difference is amazing. Because diamonds cut basically everything better, the facets are cleaner, sharper, and more consistent. Diamond-cut stones sparkle, even in stone types where you don't typically see it, like Jasper varieties. The difference is also highly visible in Agate, Quartz, and other varieties.

 
Subjectively speaking, I find diamond cut stone beads offer more sparkle than fire polished glass, but less than crystal. The result is an increase in design versatility. The pattern of stone often lends itself to more casual designs, however, the increase in sparkle can be used to create pieces that transition easily between casual, business, and formal wear.

Erin, Dakota Stones
Since the significant visual interest is hard to capture in a still image, I recommend checking out our Facebook page to see recent video posts of diamond-cut facets across a variety of stone types.

  Sparkle on, friends!
 
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