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Diamonds & Brilliants

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Diamonds and coloured gemstones are cut in different ways. A perfect cut is for the optical effect of each stone of enormous importance. Through it the stone unfolds its characteristic features and advantages ideally. Till it came to the today known cuts, many centuries of trial, improving and refining passed by. The profession of a stone grinder was highly regarded throughout the ages and is on of the most demanding trades. Steadily improved splitting, sawing and grinding techniques have driven forward the development of cuts since the Georgian era.

With the development of the Brilliant cut in 1910 the today most common diamond cut was found. All earlier cut forms we, the antique jewellery experts, call ‚Old Cuts‘. Until the 14th century diamonds existed only in their natural octahedral (octahedral as 2 successive seated pyramids) shape, then slowly developed the first polishing techniques and simple cut shapes. To the old cuts belongs f.e. the rose cut. The ambitious claims of the cutters of all epochs, with the help of the available technical resources, was to elicit from the stones the maximum reflection with artistically cuts. The visual impression of shine and sparkle is in the perception and appreciation of jewellery of great emotional significance.

Diamonds are cut since the 14th century. First, of course, only with very simple techniques, which rather corresponded to the polishing. Thus the gloss was enhanced and the diamond won in his charisma. Striving to increase the play of colours and reflections lasted almost to the 16th century. For the first time the cutter succeeded to vary the previously inescapable octahedral shape of a diamond. What followed in the next centuries, were incremental improvements in cuts. This stoked the ‚fire” of the diamonds and paved the way via all variants of the ‚Old Cuts” to the Brilliant.
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