Antique 1.79 ct old-cut diamond solitaire in platinum, Germany circa 1925
The shape of the diamond has evolved over many centuries. For a long time it was technically impossible to change the raw crystal more than rudimentary, because the diamond is so extraordinarily hard. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was then possible to extract more and more facets from the crystal, and in the course of the 19th century the cuts came closer and closer to the shape that we know today as a brilliant. It was not until 1919, however, that Marcel Tolkowsky calculated the ideal shape of the brilliant on an optical-physical basis; the exact shape, which is the standard in Germany today, the so-called fine cut of the practice, was not even determined until 1938. The shape of the modern brilliant-cut diamond really became established after the war. Thus, the brilliant is actually quite a new invention - and this also means that a diamond cut in the 19th century or at the beginning of the 20th century, a so-called "old cut", the proportions of the stone do not follow the standard of today's brilliant, the same is also the case with so-called "transitional cuts", which are chronologically between the old cut and the modern full cut. Old cuts and transitional cuts were always cut individually at that time: One wanted to find the optimal way between the best gloss on the one hand and the least material loss during grinding on the other. We find that it is precisely this individuality that makes old diamonds so particularly interesting. They are less easy to compare, and their value cannot simply be determined by means of a table, because you have to look at each stone individually to really be able to say whether it has the fire and brilliance that you expect from a diamond. The diamond in this ring is a stone whose sparkle and fire make it an instant favorite. It is shaped in what is known as a "transitional cut" and shows first class fire. Due to its light toning, the very pure 1.796 carat diamond shines in a warm, soft light. The diamond is set in an elegant platinum setting, which is set with additional, smaller diamonds on the shoulders. The diamond and setting were created in the mid-1920s and designed in the elegant, timeless style of those years. Without unnecessary ornamentation and with its clear focus on the precious center stone, the ring still looks modern today. It can be easily combined and yet is also powerful enough to attract attention when worn alone.
In ancient times, diamonds were valued primarily for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, early diamonds do not appear at all attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections, and the widespread table cuts only brought out the brightness and color of the stones. All this changed in the course of the 17th century. The nobility of the Baroque period developed a taste for glittering gemstones. Rose-cut diamonds, whose many facets reflected candlelight beautifully, were particularly popular. In the middle of the century, a first, early brilliant cut developed, called the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin, characterized by a crown of 17 facets. By the end of the century, these diamonds were then replaced by a new shape, named the Peruzzi cut after its inventor. Vincenzo Peruzzi was a gem cutter from Venice, who increased the crown of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33, thus increasing the fire of the stones enormously. However, these early brilliant diamonds were not standardized in terms of the number and shape of the facets. Each stone was cut in such a way that as much substance as possible could be preserved. New diamond deposits in Brazil in the second half of the 18th century then led to a cut shape that became known as the Old Mine Cut. These diamonds are already very similar to today's full-cut diamonds, but several generations of continuous improvement of the cutting technique were necessary until the Old Mine Cut became the Old European Cut, and finally the modern full cut in the 1940s.
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