Serious topic. To start with go to my blog on my website and read
design 1 post. You will find some historical references on enhancing
gemstone appearance. Second suggesting is to purge word 'bling' from
your vocabulary. It is a term used by less informed about gemstones
Educated people talk about total light return, which has 3
components to reflected light, refracted light, and scintillation.
Colored gemstones have additional considerations, but since we
talking about diamonds there is no need to complicate things. And now
I can try to give answers to your questions.
Am I correct that 1 carat cut into 100 faceted stones would bling
more than a typically-faceted single stone? (ie the amount of bling
is directly correlated with the number of facets).
The answer is no. From the top of my head I can list a number of
reasons, but I shall limit myself to just one. A single stone is
possible to observe perpendicular to stone's table. It cannot be done
with 2, 3,., and 100 stones. In situation of multiple stones, each
one would present different combination of components of returned
(2) If that is so, what kind of bling would you get from a cluster
of tiny faceted stones set in a droplet of epoxy/resin/plastic?
Has anybody ever tried setting micro-diamonds in plastic-like
Very little. If pavilion of diamond is in contact with anything but
air, it changes critical angle and light simply escapes, invisible to
The total returned light will be limited to reflected light only,
which is quite small.
(3) How is bling maximized on stone (transparent or opaque)
surface settings? I have experimented with water, oils,
urethane-varathane, epoxy and a plastic-like substance on various
stones. Does the use of sanding and grits take the surface gloss
above any of those?
You must stop reading your book and take on some gemological
There are many ways to enhance diamond appearance, but none of the
mentioned about will do.
(4) Paterson says that the start of diamond faceting is not known
but it may be Venice in 1330 (page 43). This surprised me since I
had read that diamond as gemologically valuable material goes back
to Ancient India. But she says that those people may even have
proscribed the cutting of diamonds. Why then would they value
rough diamonds since they are even more drab than glass? Did they
gloss up the surface in any way?
Diamond faceting became possible with invention of diamond wheel,
which happened toward the end of 15th century. Prior to to that
stones which were not of octahedral shape, were converted to it by
cleaving. Octahedral shape was the pre-eminant form of diamond in
jewellery prior to invention of diamond wheel.
The true revolution in diamond cutting took place in the beginning
of 20th century when Tolkowsky published his manuscript on diamond