Film: 8990

Industry + Work | 1960 | Sound | Colour

Synopsis:

Diamond Mining and diamond jewellery with women in tiaras.

Various examples of diamond jewellery, from broaches to chokers to bracelets. A man fingers and looks at different coloured and textured uncut diamonds on his desk, largely from Africa, he identifies a Tanganyika diamond and another from India. Pictures from an Indian book of the man wearing large diamonds. A woman dressed in a curled wig from the time of Louis XIV with diamonds in her hair and on a necklace. Another woman from Victorian times, sits at a dressing table with a large diamond necklace on, and a tiara. She puts on a diamond watch. An Edwardian lady in other more fantastic jewels a red telephone, a woman talks on it, wearing diamonds on her finger, neck, wrist and ears. Another woman dances with a man, whose face we never see, she also wears diamonds, as does the next woman who wears a tiara, between the women there are either candles or good examples of retro 1970s or 1960s lamps. Pouring diamonds into a pile of diamonds, all different colours.
Sand dunes of South West Africa, very rich in alluvial diamonds. Scraping away sand with bulldozers and machines.
Excellent shots of lava, flowing out of a crater, red hot, flows very quickly.
A crater, an explosion blows half the wall off. Inside a diamond mine. A sorter shakes broken up earth to separate the diamonds from the dirt. An ounce of diamonds from the Premier Mine. A diamond sorter at a long table of sorters at the Diamond centre in London. The workers sort diamonds, close-ups of fingers and tweezers separating the diamonds. Two piles of diamonds, one first class and another with a yellow tinge. Darker diamonds are used in industry. A large drill bit.
More separating of diamonds into different categories. A woman wraps group so diamonds up in little parcels. The London offices where buyers inspect the diamonds. A buyer looks at the gem through a looking glass. Gems through the ages, amethysts from roman times, gold bracelets, Byzantine craftsmanship of religious icons, and French diamonds. The jewel of the order of the garter given to Queen Anne to the Duke of Marlborough. The Spanish jewel of the order of the golden fleece, given to the Duke of Wellington. Different stages of the cutting of the 58 facets of a brilliant diamond. Different ways of cutting diamonds. Using a wedge to cut along the grain. Bronze wheels covered with oil and diamond dust to cut against the grain. Cutting a diamond, using another diamond. Cutting the facets, all 58. On a porous metal wheel covered with oil and diamond dust. The cutter works with care and precision. Piles of brilliants. Emerald cut diamonds. Pear shaped. Marquees, or square cut. Coloured diamonds called fancies, both finished and unfinished. A model of the famous diamond from the Premier mine and given to King Edward VII by the Transvaal government. It sits on the desk and sparkles. Reproductions of some of the one hundred stones that it was cut into. The largest diamond in the world, in the queen's spectre. A crown, with the sansei (sp?) diamond. Now owned by Lord Astor. A jewellery makers, making a bracelet. Screwing a diamond into the support of a piece of jewellery. Fixing diamonds in the supports. The finished product a woman's watch. A middle aged man and woman in a jeweller's picking out a diamond piece as an anniversary present. A young couple picking out an engagement ring. Close-up of him putting the ring on her finger.


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