I've got a 2 ct. pear shaped diamond with a big flaw at the bottom tip. I'd like to re-cut it to a round stone. I have two questions: 1) Can this be done? and 2) What should I expect to pay for this?
I realize that I'll probably lose close to a carat.
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It is not definite that you can just cut your pear shape into a round stone. Someone with experience in these matters or a diamond cutter would have to look at it before you can be sure You need to find a trustworthy person or place to bring it to or send it to, so that it can be looked at. If the flaw is in the center, you might not be able to get rid of it at all.
Hope that helps.
Depends on how the crystal structure of the diamond is orient in relation to the final shape you would like. To cut a diamond one must be "on grain" if one trys to cut a diamond against the grain it can be very difficult. I've heard of instances where weights were used and it still took hours to remove material. All posters have made valid points.
You could cut against the grain, but it would take forever. Plus facets can burn that way, and if the stone vibrates in the dop, it will shatter. My cutter uses weights on the dop, but mostly it's brute strength and skill at work.