Blemished Jewel

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The inhabitants of Long Valley Road have their lives changed by the events happening around them. In Kosovo, refugee Niana Bolsa is abandoned by the Serbs to fend for herself in the mountains but manages to get to New Zealand. A New Zealand teacher's life and career from the early s. Neil takes charge of a two teacher rural school with his partner, liberated Lisa.

Karla Spicer moves from being a senior teacher at large primary school in Wellington to become the principal of a small rural school with different problems. It would be foolish to rush in with masses of theory that may not suit the school. Was there any reason for this? The interview continued for another fifty minutes with set questions and several personal queries made. Thank you for coming. Please feel free to have another look around the school.

Janice, one of our seniors on the student council will be your guide. She knew, too, there had been rumblings about the D. Yet the other woman was so young. Almost absentmindedly she drew a large question mark on the paper in front of her and decided to wait to see what the other members thought. Good looker, too.

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Mind you, it would be a big step here after being a dean at a state school. Lindsay coughed. Senior pupils are treated like Year 10s and staff are stressed out. Lindsay opened the folder. In the last term we received at least a dozen addressed to either our retiring principal or myself. I suggest, therefore, we go back to our job description and rank the candidates as we originally agreed. For several hours the discussion continued with three candidates being eliminated for various reasons until it was finally time to make the decision.

Shall we take a vote? She stood waiting with an expectant gaze. Lindsay glanced at her. Lindsay sighed.

We discussed your relative merits for hours but finally it was decided to give the position to Miss Gail Fernhill. Lindsay nodded. These are usually cut to remove blemishes or certain close to surface inclusions on diamonds.


At times these extra facets are also cut to enhance the brilliance of the diamond. These do not usually affect the clarity grade of a diamond. A breakage in diamonds that is not parallel to the cleavage plane is referred to as a fracture. Fractures are usually irregular in shape, making a diamond look chipped.

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The practice of fracture filling is commonly employed to improve the diamond clarity of such diamonds. Fingerprint inclusions in the shape of fingerprints can sometimes be found in diamonds. However, such inclusions are rare in diamonds as compared to other stones, such as rubies.

Such inclusions are usually formed during fluid assisted partial healing of fractures already present in stones. For this to take place in diamonds, high temperatures and pressure HTHP are required, which is unusual. Few such inclusions have been reported in natural blue and colorless diamonds.

While this could indicate that diamonds have been HTHP treated , giving the required temperatures for fingerprint inclusions, such is not always the case. The earth may also cause geologically high temperatures, leading to the formation of fingerprint inclusions.

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Small holes may be present on the surface of a diamond. These pits are usually not visible to the naked eye. However, pits present on the table facet of a diamond are usually visible and reduce the clarity of a diamond. Diamonds are also chipped at places causing the appearance of nicks.

This is often repaired by adding extra facets. However, too many facets reduce the brilliance of a diamond and are to be avoided. This refers to the original surface of the diamond, which has been left alone and unpolished. Naturals are usually left on or near the girdle of the diamond.


While these are considered as blemishes, the presence of naturals is a sign of good cutting practice, where the cutter has managed to retain as much of the original weight as possible. Indented naturals are also seen to exist on some stones, where the portion of the natural is seen to dip inside slightly from the diameter of the stone. Here the cutter usually leaves the indented natural either at the girdle or pavilion of the stone, in order to keep it less noticeable.

In such positions, the natural is not visible even with a loupe. Indents can be removed if the cutter polishes out more roughly. Diamonds are made from carbon , usually graphite. Nevertheless, while a diamond is being formed, it may not totally crystallize , leading to the presence of small dots of black carbon.

These black spots have been classified to be those of graphite, pyrrhotite and pentlandite. These surface flaws resemble a small black dot and may affect the clarity of the stone depending on the size of the imperfection. The occurrence of this kind of flaw is less common in diamonds compared to pinpoint inclusions. Carbons are usually seen in white or blue-white stones. Carbons are not commonly found in diamonds of poorer colors.

Within the trade, these are called "carbon spots" and may be cleavage cracks which have developed through uneven heating or a blow. Cleavage cracks often appear to be dark or black in normal lighting conditions because of light reflection. The breaking off of a small piece of diamond towards the surface is usually referred to as chipping.

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The term may be confused with "diamond chips", which refer to very small pieces of diamonds. These are usually caused due to minor impact from the environment. Downward impact caused when a stone is being set or is being worn, can cause chips on the culet of the diamond. As these are commonly caused when a diamond is worn, it is suggested that while diamonds are being set, a little space be left between the base of the diamond and the head of the prongs of the ring. This space acts as a cushion protecting the diamond from possible chipping when it falls.