A History of Diamond Cuts & Beverly Diamonds Diamond Cuts
As we know historically that the first mention of a diamond was found in ancient historic Hindu texts. Over a millennia before actual mining practices began. Fishermen fishing in India would find the stones rolling loose in the rivers and streams below the Himalaya Mountains. Although these rough, dull octahedrons bore little similarity to what is now our vision of a diamond, they had the same incredible strength and durability as contemporary diamonds. Some ancient Hindus worshipped diamonds, as to their belief they were sent as gifts from the gods above and thought them indestructible. A belief that was shared throughout the entire ancient world at that time.
The very name “Diamond” comes from the Latin word “Adamas,” meaning “invincible”. This word also gives root to the modern English terms “Adamant” and “Aiamante”. In the early 1400s a new and modern diamond cut had been developed – “The Table Cut” it was called. In addition to the usual polishing that had been happening with diamonds, the top section (usually up to a third of the stone) would be sliced off to reveal a flat surface, or “table” as we now call it. Soon, the corners of the octahedron were also being sliced off, adding the first (what we now call) “facets” to diamonds. This became known as “The Old Single Cut”, or “Old Eight Cut”. In the mid 16th century, Belgian traders figured out a brand new innovative cut that changed the European perception of diamonds. Working off a traditional Indian cut of that time, this new diamond cut gave the appearance of a rosebud unfurling, and was christened the “rose” cut. Between the early 1800s and well into the 1870s ‘The Old Mine Cut, or Old Miners Cut’ was developed. Even though the Old Mine style were being cut during the height of the Industrial Revolution, the vast majority of Miner diamonds were cut completely by hand.
Through the progression of the Industrial Revolution, diamond technology significantly improved. In 1875 Charles Field of Henry Morse, developed the steam-powered diamond lathe. This invention gave diamond cutters precision and more control with their cuts, which resulted in the ability to create an entirely round & thin girdle Diamond – a process known as “bruiting.” Soon craftsmen had developed the Old European cut, which was the most common cut from the 1890’s to the 1930’s. The year 1919 came, and Marcel Tolkowsky (a diamond cutter of that time) published a mathematical computation and direction of angles and proportions to maximize the diamond’s brilliance and fire. This is known as the Modern Brilliant Cut. In the past fifty years, the public consumers have become vastly more educated about diamonds.
Now customers expect a diamond report with their significant diamond purchase. Also they place a priority on proportions as well as clarity. More & more diamonds every year are being cut to the Tolkowsky’s standard. While it’s very rare to find a diamond that exactly meets Tolkowsky’s original specifications, an “Ideal Cut” stone will typically range around those original numbers. Every diamond jewelry company nowadays offers the round brilliant cut diamond. It is the most popular cut of our century. Beverly Diamonds Diamond Cuts are all Very good cuts with some excellent cuts as well so this insures that the diamond you will be purchasing from them has good symmetry and it will have a lot of fire and brilliance to it. Exactly like Mr. Marcel Tolkowsky intended in 1919.
So what does this all mean to you as a modern consumer? You should know exactly what you are going to get when shopping for a diamond. Newly improved cutting grade systems ranging from “Excellent” to “Poor” gives us better understandings of each stone. Every Beverly Diamonds Diamond Cuts are Very Good Cuts and some of them are excellent cuts for special orders. Many other online diamond jewelry companies offer bargain deals on certain diamonds but if you look carefully you will find that the cuts on these “Bargain Diamonds” are all Fair cut or sometimes even poor cut, so these diamonds will not have the same sparkle and brilliance to them. At the end of the day, you should simply choose the right diamond for you, the one diamond that you like the best.
The three most common Diamond Shapes for engagement rings are Round Cut, Princess Cut and Cushion Cut. Some online jewelry companies offer many more shapes and sizes. BeverlyDiamonds.com offers primarily Round, Princess, and Cushion cut diamonds, Beverly Diamonds Diamond Cuts are also available in different shapes by special order over the phone only. It is well know that round cut diamonds are the most expensive since they are the hardest to cut, but people still always gravitate toward the classic round brilliant cut, for their engagement rings. All in all you should by the diamond shape that is the most astatically pleasing to you personally. Since you are the one who will be looking at the diamond every day.