People have been cutting and shaping stone manually since the fourteenth century. While we have nearly perfected any and all methods we can manage by hand, technology has since grown beyond our capabilities.

Today, most of our faceted stones are machine cut with industrial-grade diamonds. With the use of new technology, geometry and an understanding of light, which is extremely important for precious stones with strong dispersion, we can now make the facets on each stone cleaner, sharper, and more consistent with minimal or no need for polishing. This means we can manufacture mathematically precise cuts on extremely small surfaces while getting the same luster and shine as we would see on large surfaces.

What this also means for the stone cutting industry is that, not only can we source precise diamond-cut stones at reasonable cost, we have more time and opportunity to focus on the best cuts from minerals that might require hand-cutting. And, as we know, we cannot program a machine to have taste or skill when making unique or difficult cuts. Most of our pendants and cabochons are still beautifully hand-cut by skilled lapidary artists.

In the past few years Dakota Stones has been one of the first to offer gemstones in diamond-cut bicones, coins, rounds, rondelles and cubes. We are also pleased to be the first to showcase our newest double-hearted star cut stones. As diamond-cutting becomes more and more advanced, we are privileged with the ability to source these unique cuts of stones, with almost undetectable facets at first glance. Our double-hearted strands are a twin to our star-cut line, with an extra triangular facet for additional light refraction. 

As diamond-cut stones become increasingly popular we hope to continue innovating new shapes and growing with this incredible technology.


Suzette Brown

Date 11/11/2019

I really like your teaching articles. I would enjoy knowing more about the mining process.

Sharon Redgrave

Date 1/6/2020

Nice article! I also am enjoying these small 'lessons' in gem history and handling. Very informative and concise. Well done.

Ruthann Nelson

Date 2/17/2020

My jewelry buyers love to read about the stones -- especially children. Watching their faces, it's fun to see how absorbed they get! Keep up the good work!

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