Is it true that diamonds are used to cut other diamonds?
Diamond is very hard, but hard materials also tend to be brittle. You can scratch a hammer with a diamond, which demonstrates that diamond is harder than steel. However, if you hit the diamond with the hammer in the right fashion, the diamond would likely break. Diamonds are prepared using several different cutting and forming methods. They can be broken along natural planes of weakness in the the crystalline structure using a hammer and steel chisel. A diamond or laser can be used to make a scratch on the diamond, which is then broken with a hammer and steel chisel – a concept not unlike cutting glass. Saw blades impregnated with diamond dust on the cutting edge and lasers can also be used to cut a diamond. Diamond powder is used to polish diamonds.
Diamonds are extremely hard, but while it IS possible to cut a diamond with another diamond, it’s not standard. It would be easy to damage diamonds that way. Diamond cutting is a skill that has developed over the centuries and is now practiced by skilled craftsman, using many tools and many separate steps. Oftentimes lasers are used as a key step in cutting diamonds.
A diamond measures a 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making it the hardest natural substance known to occur on Earth, and many consumers are curious about how diamonds are cut if they are so hard. There are a number of techniques used in diamond cutting including basic cleaving and the use of a grinding wheel called a scaif. These techniques have been developed over centuries of jeweling, and most diamond cutters use techniques that were originally developed hundreds of years ago, because they are still the best way to handle diamonds. Diamond cutters usually combine several processes to create a sparkling, faceted gem from a rough diamond, in a painstaking job where the stone may lose as much as 60% of its weight. The most ancient diamond cutting process is cleaving. To cleave diamonds, the diamond cutter places a chisel at a point of weakness in the stone and taps it with a mallet, causing the diamond to split. If the weakness was misjudged, this can destroy the diamond. If the dia