The History of the Rose Cut Diamond
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If Valentine’s Day is not the perfect day to talk about the rose cut diamond, than what day is? In honor of the millions of roses that will be given today, let’s take a look at a diamond cut that shares the same name as the precious flower.
What is a Rose Cut Diamond?
Let’s begin with the concept of a diamond “cut”. When a diamond is mined, it looks like a translucent rock (this of course depends on the color of the diamond mined, but for the sake of this blog, let’s just keep it simple and say it’s a “D” or colorless stone). The diamond “cut” refers to how this diamond rock is then shaved down to form a specific shape. The purpose of this is to maximize the diamond brilliance by controlling the way the light filters through it. This can only be done through the way the diamond is cut (or shaved) and polished. The most common diamond cuts are: Marquise, Princess, Oval, Round, Heart, Asscher, Emerald, and Pear. Click here to learn more about these cuts from our website
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The Rose Cut was first developed in the 1400s, and is a series of cut facets that rise off the base of the diamond to produce a point. Think big top circus tent, this is how the rose cut diamond looks from the front. From the back, the diamond is polished flat. When staring directly into the diamond, the facets give the illusion of an opening rose bud. This is where the name rose cut was born.
Height of Popularity
The rose cut diamond was most commonly used during the Georgian (1754-1768) and Victorian Eras (1840-1900). When admiring jewelry from these periods, you will notice that the rose diamond is often encased in a circle of precious metal and set with the facets facing outward. This is a much different look from modern day jewelry where the facets are usually facing the back. Ladies of those days wore these diamonds in necklaces, rings, and earrings, with rose cut diamonds draping the whole pieces. It is very rare to see a rose cut diamond on it’s own, unless of course an engagement ring.
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Don’t Call it a “Come Back”
If you know any hipsters, than you will know that antiques are back in a big way. Blame in on Downton Abbey, Peaky Blinders or even Game of Thrones, antiques jewelry is big. As a jeweler, we have seen the trend pendulum swing back in favor of the rose cut diamond. Even Tiffany’s has released the new Cobblestone Line, which incorporates many rose cut and brilliance cut diamonds in bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces. This is a trend that is defiantly on the rise.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]