Evolution of Diamond The first
river-bed (alluvial) diamonds were probably discovered in India,
in around 800 B.C. The European travelers visiting India for
its diamond treasures used to transport diamonds from the India
Mine to Europe for cutting. It is believed that the early diamond
cutting styles originated in Europe.
The earliest reference to diamond
cutting is in l550 in Antwerp, the most important diamond center
of the period, where a diamond-cutters' guild was soon to be
established. The early diamond cutters were unable to polish
the rough diamonds. However, they found out that they could
polish or grind diamonds into a point by polishing almost parallel
to the rough surfaces. They also realized that only diamonds
can cut diamonds so they used a wooden table covered with diamond
dust to achieve polishing. This resulted in the "Rose Cut".
It was called the rose cut due to it's resemblance to the "Rose
Bud". The rose cut came into existence in the early sixteenth
century and was widely used through the eighteen century.
There were a few intermediaries
that contributed to the present cutting style of the round brilliant
cut. The "Old Mine Cut" and then the "old European
cut" were more evident in the late eighteenth century until
the early twentieth century. They ultimately gave birth to the
present Round Brilliant cut and the ideal cut diamond proportions.
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