Glorious Indian Diam...
Glorious Indian Diamondsby: T.M. Babu
Based on decades scientific research this book projects India as the foremost country of the world where diamonds were discovered first. It explains past beliefs, present status of diamond mines, cutting-polishing industry, trade & marketing, and talks about future challenges and remedies to regain original glory.
Year Of Publication: 2015
Edition: 1st edition
Pages : xi, 361p.
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
India, for many millennia, was the diamond capital of the world and controlled the global diamond business. Indians were the first to discover, mine, curate and market diamonds in the world, and were the first to discover that diamond can be cut only by diamond, and can be polished with its own powder. Vedas, Upanishads and epics stand testimony to it. Diamonds were the quintessential luxury of the Indian royalty. Kohinoor, (Mountain of Light), Hope, Great Moghul, Orloff, Sansi, Hastings, Pigott and Akbar Shah-Jahangir Shah had unparalleled place in the annals of Indian and world history.
Till the seventeenth century, the Golconda Fort City in south India was the World Trade Centre of diamonds and was a dream destination for “who is who” in the diamond business. Though at present, diamond business is about $ 72 billion plus worldwide, India has very little to offer to this market size. New nations/countries are on the block and India has become a trivial entity in diamond production from the colonial period due to the monopolistic policy pursued by the British in favour of the new discoveries made in South Africa, and the socialistic policies of Independent India. Even the environmental concerns stood as stumbling blocks against the growth of Indian diamond mining industry.
The present study explores exhaustive data, based on a decade-long serious research, targeting common man. It brilliantly attempts to make one aware about the birth, history, glory, places of concentration, applications of diamond and about the present Indian diamond cutting and polishing industry. The book also introduces the readers into the reality of imitations, artificial diamonds, and discusses such products in detail. It delves deep into the identification and valuation techniques of diamond, and the tools used for the same. Efforts are also made to present many a superstition associated with diamonds, and to brief those diamonds that have some bearing on history.
After decades of Independence, India has failed to regain its lost splendour and leadership position. There is a need to bring changes in its approach to this industry to put it back on track and compete with the present world leaders. The author has given special attention to analyse the present diamond scenario in India and suggests remedies
Beautiful Stones Jewel of India Industrial Tool Navaratnas Unique Characters Hardest Material Hard but Brittle Carat, the Measuring Unit Letter from Deep Mother Earth Diamond Industry Girls Best Friend
2. Birth from Mother Earth
Mother Earth Deep Below and High Up Above Mother Rock Kimberlite Lamproites Sedimentary Rocks Placers, the Showrooms Diamonds in the Sky Twinkling Star Diamond
3. Indian Heritage
Discovery in India Vedas and Upanishads Epics Agastya-mata Arthashastra Brihat Samhita Gaius Plinius Secundus Claudius Ptolemaeus Marco Polo Nicolo de Conti Garcia da Orata Vijayanagara Dynasty Caesar Frederick Jacques de Coutre Methwold Taverniers Six Visits Lange Kakatiya Dynasty
4. Golconda Glory
Golconda Kingdom Golconda Mart-Mines Golconda and Golcondas Howard Heyne Voysey Ritter King Ball Newbold Walker Burton Chaper Foote Venkayya C.V. Raman Krishnan
5. The Diamond Fields of South India
Andhra Pradesh WajrakarurRamagiri Karnataka Tamil Nadu Kerala
6. The Diamonds Fields of North India
Madhya Pradesh Characteristics of Diamonds Chhattisgarh Orissa Maharashtra Uttar Pradesh Rajasthan Bihar West Bengal Himalayas
7. Cutting, Polishing and Jewellery
Rough to Gem Stages and Techniques Other Lapidary Techniques Types of Cuts Human Culture Diamond Jewellery Indian Tradition Akshaya-Tritiya White Gold Platinum Jewellery Finger Rings Bangles Necklaces Earrings Nose Jewels Waist Belt Armlets Hairpins Jewellery Designing
8. Imitations and Artificials
Substitutes and Alternatives American Diamonds Cubic Zirconia Moissanite Rutile Spinel Sapphire Fabulite Galliant Diamonair Doublet Man-made Diamonds Synthetics: Man-made Diamonds Earlier Attempts Recent Developments HPHT Technique CVD Technique Diamonds by Explosion Ultrasound Cavitation Synthetics vs. Naturals
9. Identification and Valuation
Identification Characters Visual Examination Ten-Powered Loupe Reflectometers X-ray and UV-light Response Diamond Pen Thermal Probe Valuation Conventional Four Cs Cut Colour Clarity Caratage Certificate of Proof
10. Historical Diamonds
Kohinoor Hope Great Mogul Orloff Pitt-Regent Sancy Hastings Pigott Akbar Shah-Jahanghir Shah Shah Abbas Mirza Darya-i-Nur Taj-e-Mah Nizam Heart Moon of the Mountain Nasik Great Table Kollur Raulconda Arcots Ahmedabad Jacob Queen of Holland Wittelsbach Indore Pears Idols Eye Polar Star Tereschenko Three Tables Hornby Endless List Worlds Large Diamonds
Unconquerable Supernatural Devine Weapons Living Beings Valley of Diamonds Cobra Hood Magical Powers Medicinal Value Slow Poison Indian Categorization Engagement Rings Evil Spirits Astrological Significance Birthday Stone Astro-gemmology Blood Diamonds
12. Present and Future
World Scenario India, Once the Leader Decline and Fall Present Status Production and Marketing Diamond Organizations in India Present Policies: Laws of the Land New National Mineral Policy Production Imports and Exports Future Potential Demand and Consumption Modernization Marketing Strategies Future Plans Scope for Growth Hope and Future Scope
Glossary of Technical Words