Sofus Michelsen takes you
on his journey through West
Africa as he searches for
an illusive million carats of
rough diamonds. This book
is a testimony to the African
enduring spirit to survive.
Wonderful color photos of a
little known part of the
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A Journey Through West
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A Journey Through West
Africa in Search of a Million
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A Journey Through West
Africa in Search of a Million
Carat of Diamonds
Sofus Michelsen takes you on his
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carats of rough diamonds. This
enduring spirit to survive.
Wonderful color photos of a little
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Reader Review of the Art of
Diamond Cutting
A Review of “ The Art of Diamond
Cutting” by an Amazon.com  reader

As the vast majority of retail diamond
consumers in the world I had no idea of
this art. When a diamond merchant
reviewed a stone through their loop I
wondered what hidden language the
diamond spoke.

How was quality and value determined?
The author, Mr. Michelsen, has given a
clear step-by-step in depth guide to the
many aspects of "The Art of Diamond
Cutting".

Chapter 1, "The Origins of Diamonds"
was quite interesting as it revealed the
fact and displaced the Madison Avenue
fiction of how diamonds are formed, in
the "rough".

Through the next chapters the author
goes through the skills in reviewing the
roughs and the stages to bring the
stone to the state we recognize at
retail. I do have to admit at times I was
lost in the stages of the process and
had to reread sections. Without any
base knowledge I needed to have a
starting point established first,
familiarity of terms and steps through
review made this all clear.

I had no idea of the skills needed, art
or science, trained or naturally gifted.
One thing is quite clear, the language
can be taught, which Mr. Michelsen
has shown in this book.

Finishing the book the last chapters
leave you the information needed as a
consumer to understand the retail
diamond environment. Be they the
deciphering of what a jeweler actually
sees through his loop through clearly
stated "classifications" to the
geopolitical and regional sources of the
stones and how this influences value.

The many "facets" (pun intended) of
this world explained in this book by the
author, was an enjoyable read and
provided the information I sought and
opened the path for further study.

I thank Mr. Michelsen for this.
.C. Kumiega "CK" (NYC, NY) -
Received and have read your book. My
only complaint that it ended so quickly
and I would have liked more; I was just
getting in to it. Let Ruth read it and she
was very impressed-you can tell people
about something but until they see it in
pictures and read about what the
pictures are describing it is very hard to
visualize. Will be passing it around quite
a bit so you probably won't get many
sales on this end.
My friend Wendy  had a look through it
today and wants to read it all. She said
she knows nothing about the country
and was fascinated by both Guinea and
you.
Pauline B New Milford, CT.
Reader Review of A Journey
Through West Africa in Search
of a Million Carats of Diamonds
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Sofus Michelsen takes you on
his journey through West
Africa as he searches for an
illusive million carats of rough
diamonds. This book is a
testimony to the African
enduring spirit to survive.
Wonderful color photos of a
little known part of the world.
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