1931Kraus & HoldenGems & Gem Materials 82The term melee is applied to stones cut from small fragments of the diamond, the result either of cleavage or sawing. Many of these small stones, of which from eight to sixteen are required to make a carat, are cut with the usual fifty-eight facets. Smaller stones are called small melee.
1931Kraus & HoldenGems & Gem Materials 86The smaller portions of the stone resulting from cleavage or sawing may be cut and polished as melee.
1946J.R. McCarthyFire in Earth 110One great diamond importing house moaned that if melee weren’t supplied soon it would have to go out of business.
1962Smith & PhillipsGemstones 264Mélée are small stones of mixed sizes, weighing less than ¼ carat, and mélange is the term used for larger stones of mixed sizes.
1973A. HockingDiamonds 9When it comes to gemstones..the first step is to divide them into two broad categories according to bulk. The division comes at about the one carat mark. Anything above this limit is ‘size’, anything below is ‘melee’.
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