There seems to be some confusion over the meaning and use of the word
melee. The following definitions are taken directly form the GIA
Melee - (1) Polished eight-cut, single-cut, rose-cut, or full-cut
brilliants ranging from 0.005 to 0.20 ct. (2) Rough sorting term for
regular, sawable stones weighing up to 1 ct. from which polished
melee can be manufactured. French, meaning mixed.
Melange - Assortment of diamonds of mixed weights and/or qualities,
usually (but not always) in sizes larger than melee. French for
From GIA’s dictionary and from what I remember from my text book,
melee refers to diamond weight and melange refers to a mixture of
weights and grades.