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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Fancy cut large diamond gemstones 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
376500  Fancy cut large diamond gemstones 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Fabrication and Extraction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is useful for learners who intend following a career in the diamond processing sector and who are required to fancy cut large diamond gemstones.

Learners credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structure of diamond gemstones and the implications for fancy cutting large diamond gemstones.
  • Fancy cut large diamond gemstones.
  • Conduct post- fancy cutting cleaning, checking and security activities. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in Communication at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope and context applies to the conversion of rough diamond gemstones into cut and polished diamond gemstones for sale into local and international markets. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of the structure of diamond gemstones and the implications for fancy cutting large diamond gemstones. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Fancy shaped diamond gemstones are identified from drawings and diagrams. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Fancy diamond gemstones must include:
  • Square shaped cuts.
  • Irregular shaped cuts.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Visible rough points in diamond gemstones are identified in different diamond types from drawings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The polishing grains in two, three and four point stones are identified in terms of the crystallography of diamonds. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Key features, implications for polishing and methods to overcome such problems are described in terms of types of problems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The types of problems that can be encountered must include:
  • Gletzes.
  • Naat.
  • Cross-grain.
  • Holes.
  • Flaws.
  • Impurities.
  • Naturals.
  • Shape.
  • Squareness and parallel of dimensions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Advanced faceting hints and techniques for fancy cutting large diamond gemstones are explained in terms of different applications and the consequences of using inappropriate fancy cutting techniques. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Fancy cut large diamond gemstones. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Stones received are checked and examined to determine the appropriate process to create the required fancy shape. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Appropriate processes must include:
  • Fancy blocking.
  • Fancy shaping.
  • Fancy lapping.
  • Fancy Polishing.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The required facets and dimensions for the selected fancy diamond are determined in consultation with the marker. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment is selected and applied according to required standards of occupational health and safety. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Stones are set in the appropriate equipment for the selected process for making the selected fancy shape according to workplace specific operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate settings on the selected equipment are made for making the selected fancy shape according to workplace specific operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The equipment is prepared for making the selected fancy shape, before applying the stone to the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Stones are processed using the appropriate methodology to address the given requirements for the selected fancy shape in line with the requirements as indicated by the marker and within defined quality and output standards. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Defined quality and output standards will be found in the employer's:
  • Work specifications.
  • Tariff agreements.
  • Parcel instructions.
  • Policies and Procedures.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The processing equipment is frequently checked for any defects during the process of making fancy shapes. Remedial action is taken in line with workplace specific procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    Occupational health and safety hazards are monitored during making of fancy shapes and remedial action is taken where necessary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    Weights of diamond gemstones are within the laid down tolerance levels after making fancy shapes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Laid down tolerance levels will be found in the employer's:
  • Work specifications.
  • Tariff agreements.
  • Policies and Procedures.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct post-fancy cutting cleaning, checking and security activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Diamond gemstones are removed from pots after fancy cutting, cleaned and inspected for quality of finish in relation to workplace specifications. Remedial action, where necessary, is taken in line with workplace specific procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Good housekeeping is exercised after fancy cutting diamond gemstones. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Good housekeeping must include:
  • Clean pots and tangs.
  • Replace pots and tangs into correct storage facilities.
  • Maintenance of personal protective clothing and equipment.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Diamond gemstones are accounted for after fancy cutting in terms of the workplace security system. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Knowledge relating to the properties of a diamond gemstone:
    > Understanding the various properties of the diamond and the effect that fancy cutting may have.
    > The action that the different components of the polishing equipment may have on the diamond.
    > Importance of equipment being level for fancy cutting.
    > Awareness of the damage to a diamond that can be caused by equipment that is not level, or where the diamond is not properly applied to the scaiffe.
  • Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental issues:
    > Significant hazards and risks related to gemstone processing, their consequences and mitigating actions.
    > Safety measures related to diamond processing.
    > PPE requirements and the reason for each.
    > Impact on the environment and mitigating actions.
    > Emergency procedures.
  • Legislative and structural environment:
    > Importance of adherence to health and safety requirements during processing.
    > Importance of care and maintenance of tools and equipment.
    > Codes of practice.
  • Communication:
    > Reporting requirements and ability.
    > Communicating with relevant personnel.
    > Liaison between personnel in various functions.
    > Understanding terminology.
    > Handling and custody of diamond gemstones.
    > Achieving specified production requirements.
    > Identify the equipment and explain the specification and functions.
    > Preparation.
    > Examination.
    > Handling of diamond gemstones.
    > Monitoring and control.
    > Monitoring processing and impurities.
    > Weight loss.
    > Security requirements.
    > Collection and disposal of diamond dust.
    > Use of tools and equipment.
    > Use of personal protective equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The ability to identify impurities in diamond gemstones and be able to take the appropriate action in processing the gemstone, and to interpret the instructions from the marker and make decision on how to fancy cut illustrates the capability to solve problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The ability to communicate effectively and to maintain optimum production illustrates the capability to work effectively with others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability to maintain optimum production whilst adhering to safety and security procedures, illustrates the capability to organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability to interpret instructions from the marker in the parcel in relation to the stone and implement corrective actions indicates the ability to analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The ability to apply tools and equipment appropriately to effect fancy cutting of diamonds and to organise equipment and machinery effectively illustrates the capability to use science and technology. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
  • Legal:
    > The Bargaining Council for the Diamond Cutting Industry Main Agreement.
    > Regulations of the Diamonds Act, No 56 of 1986, as amended.
    > Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85/1993).
    > Mandatory Codes of Practice.
    > The glossary of terms about the terminology of the industry issued by the Bargaining Council for the Diamond Cutting Industry.
  • Site-specific:
    > Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
    > Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
    > Managerial Instructions.
    > Workplace diamond gemstone security system.
    > Working Guides, tariff agreements, policies and procedures.
    > Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  78843   National Certificate: Diamond Processing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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