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Setting the Raw

Setting the Raw

 

The most perfect diamond in the world is – Uncut. Unpolished. Natural, perfect geometry.” – Todd Reed

Since the beginning, Todd has been drawn to the unique qualities of raw diamonds. His use of uncut diamond material has since revolutionized the way they are used in luxury jewelry.

Todd Reed raw diamond jewelry

20 years ago, it was very rare to see raw diamonds used in fine jewelry. These days, rough and naturally colored diamonds are experiencing higher demand as designers choose to incorporate these unique stones within their jewelry.

 

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For jewelers, raw diamonds pose a bigger challenge than most other stones – especially when it comes to setting them. We sat down with one of our talented jewelers, Chapin, who shared his feelings about working with the rough material.

Todd Reed raw diamonds

The shapes of the raw diamonds can be complex, and the girdle heights are usually very different, so the size of the bezel can fluctuate. Sometimes, we have to compensate for certain stones that aren’t level in their setting.

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The shapes of the raw diamonds can be complex, and the girdle heights are usually very different, so the size of the bezel can fluctuate. Sometimes, we have to compensate for certain stones that aren’t level in their setting.

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My favorite raw diamond style to make are the r660s. They’re beautifully complex and each one is one-of-a-kind.