• How did diamonds used to be cut?
  • When did the brilliant cut first arise?
  • Who first came up with the brilliant as we know it today?

A white gold ring with a brilliant is the ideal engagement ring! There is no cut which shines more intensely than the round brilliant. And no precious metal which reflects this more beautifully than white gold. Although we haven’t always been able to enjoy all that shine ... Diamonds may well be ancient and been loved since the beginning of time, but the sparking cut is relatively new.

How did diamonds used to be cut?

Diamond cutting originally wasn’t much more than splitting the diamond along the natural fracture surfaces of the stone. People started sharpening diamonds to a point halfway through the 14th century. We can also see this type of cut with the ring we can refer to as the first engagement ring ever, namely Mary of Burgundy’s ring.

The cut continued to evolve to a table cut, whereby the point at the top of the diamond disappeared. But even the faceted rose cut which first appeared around the 16th century, only reflected the light to a very limited extent.

When did the brilliant cut first arise?

The reason why no woman can resist a white gold ring with a brilliant is, as mentioned previously, its beautiful shine. The brilliant is the diamond cut with the highest level of light reflection. That’s because the stone is cut in 57 facets. Exactly when this cut was first developed is not completely clear. Historians have different opinions on the subject.

The English jeweller and diamond trader David Jeffries wrote a treatise about how to recognise a good brilliant in 1750, although without looking into the creating of this much desired cut in any detail. Brilliants had already evolved to the standard at that time.

Who first came up with the brilliant as we know it today?

The Antwerp-born Marcel Tolkowsky first saw the light in 1919. Quite literally! Following a number of mathematical calculations of the light refraction and internal reflection, the brilliant cut could finally become a substantiated cut. It was Tolkowsky’s findings which led to the standard for diamond cutters in 20th century Europe.

Now you know how long it took for a diamond to shine this brightly, you will undoubtedly look at the white gold ring with a brilliant with even more admiration. Choose your favourite one from the extensive collection of rings or contact BAUNAT’s experts for extra advice.

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