January 17, 2019

The history behind diamond 
cutting

Ever look across a crowded room and notice a flash of light glistening from a total stranger’s finger? A diamond shooting its sparkle across the room in a ‘go toward the light’ kind of way? How does something so small stop traffic from so far away? Turns out, cut matters more than size, color or clarity when it comes to a diamond’s sparkle.

Can you believe centuries ago people were afraid to cut diamonds for fear they would lose their mojo? Seems odd to us, but that’s how it was in 320–292 BCE. It wasn’t until 1448 that Antwerp’s Wouter Pauwels became the world’s first registered diamond cutter. He probably wasn’t the first diamond cutter, just the one fortunate enough to be the first to apply for the official title, thus establishing Antwerp as the diamond-cutting capital of the world.

The year 1919 brought us the “brilliant round cut”, created by another Antwerp local, university student Marcel Tolkowsky. It’s still the most popular cut today because of its symmetry and facet configuration — a timeless classic. The GIA spent 15 years studying this cut to find out how light behaves in it, using both advanced computer modeling and human subjects to determine allure. The result is how cut is graded. The better the cut, the higher the grade of diamond.

At Sparkle Cut, we’re mesmerized by the sparkle of a superior-cut diamond. The cut is what makes it possible to economize on weight and color. Seems crazy to pay for everything else.

Speaking of crazy, the biggest diamond ever discovered was a whopping 3106.75 carat rock in 1905. The Cullinan white diamond, or the Star of Africa, was donated to the British royal family and ultimately cut into nine ginormous diamonds and 92 ‘smaller’ ones.

Proper proportions and a precise cut create that ‘go toward the light’ kind of diamond that’ll make people want to jump over furniture just to get a closer look. With a Sparkle Cut Diamond, seeing is believing.

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