Blesq Diamonds
17 November 2019

Refining a Diamond - History of Diamond Cut

We’d like to share our passion and expertise for diamonds with you, which is why we’ve created the Blesq diamonds blog – read on for gripping tales and exciting news about the most precious gemstone on Earth.

For thousands of years, the diamond has been in demand as a jewel. However, first processing attempts were only known of from the 14th century on. During this time, the hardest material in the world was polished to let the naturally existing surfaces shine. In the 15th century, Lodewyk van Bercken from Bruges, developed the first polishing wheel. This made it possible to create additional facets and edit diamonds precisely for the first time. Around 1650, for the first time, a diamond was cut, impressing with 34 surfaces – 32 facets, a table, and a culet – the so-called “Good Cut.”

At the beginning of the 18th century, a diamond was given the “Triple Good” cut with 32 facets on its upper part, and 24 on its lower part, coming very close to today’s Brilliant cut and is known as the Peruzzi cut. At the beginning of the 20th century, during the Art Deco period, we developed the Brilliant cut with 57 facets and a round girdle. The old cuts, which were previously popular, lack a completely circular girdle and thus maintain a little less brilliance.

All Blesq diamonds are honed by master craftsmen, with the intent of delivering a diamond with the greatest possible radiance. In the Facets collection, you will find pieces of jewelry that bring out the benefits of each cut’s brilliance.