Ch. 2: Diamonds

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DIAMONDS AND PEARLS.
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by that means, a more beautiful and excel­lent jewel. This has frequently been done, to the great prejudice of their value, by les­sening the weight and expansion they bore in their preceding state ; and they have fre­quently been more injudiciously manufac­tured in the new species, than they were in the old. This will appear to have been of­ten the case, by the upper part of such stones not carrying a true proportion of the sub­stance of the stone; which of course ren­ders the upper part flat, and the table of an immoderate extent; so that the side-work, or bezil, appears but as a narrow border. This method of working has been introduced for the sake of preserving the expansion and weight of such stones, which unavoid­ably would be more reduced, if they were allowed their true proportion of top : which reduction, both of their weight and expan­sion, will appear ever necessary to be done, to render such stones complete spread bril­liants ; for such only are they capable of being manufactured into.
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