Diamond Evolution Collection

The Diamond Evolution Collection is a set of 14 replicas exclusively created by The Stonecutter that represent diamond cutting styles since 1200 AD. The collection features replicas of diamonds as they commonly appeared after being mined and the evolution of cuts and styles as the skill of the cutters and understanding of optics evolved through the ages. This unique collection adds the depth of history and science to any collection of famous diamonds.

Diamond Evolution Collection Specifications

The 14 stones in the Diamond Evolution Collection each measure 18mm across and weigh a collective total of 1100 carats. For specifications of each stone, please contact us.
 

Diamond Evolution Collection Cuts

The Diamond Evolution Collection shows what a diamond cutter saw and gives you a glimpse into the mind of cutters living up to 800 years ago, allowing you to see the progression of experimentation and scientific understanding throughout the centuries. The representative cuts from each of the centuries from the 13th to the 20th include:

Cut

Time
Period

Notes

TOP ROW
 
Cubic Crystal
Rough
Always found unpolished

Octahedral Crystal
Rough
Naturally found with side angles of 54.75°

Frequently found polished or with a high luster

Common form from the ancient Indian deposits


Dodecahedral Crystal
Rough
Found both unpolished and naturally polished
 
MIDDLE ROW
 
Point Cut 45°, 50°, 60°
Mid to late 1200’s
These three point cuts were the first to be created by altering original octahedral crystals. The 55° point cut is just the naturally occurring octahedral crystal.

All point cuts are known as “writing diamonds” as royalty liked to scratch their graffiti on windows of cathedrals and drawers in palace furniture


Table Cut without culet
Early 1300s
Formed by removing the damaged top of an octahedral crystal.

Compare the appearance to the octahedral crystal as the only difference is the addition of a table facet


Table Cut with culet
Mid 1300s
Added the culet facet on the bottom of the table cut to remove damage

Found to improve brilliance

 
BOTTOM ROW
 
Single Cut
Late 1300s
A table cut with facets added at the corners

Mazarin (style)
Early 1600s
Beginning experimentation with angles and proportions. Both this and the Peruzzi are representative of styles common at the time and do not denote a specific type of cut.

Peruzzi (style)
Mid 1600s
Doubled the number of crown facets

Old Mine Cut
(aka Cushion Cut)
1700s
The earliest form of the brilliant cut diamond

Old European Cut
1800s
Another type of brilliant characterized by a large table, open culet and round shape

Modern Brilliant Cut
(aka Tolkowsky Cut, Tolkowsky Brilliant)
1900s
Developed by Belgian diamond-cutter Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919
 


 
New cuts are continually being created as computer programs improve a cutter’s ability to take advantage of the optical properties of diamonds. In the spirit of the Diamond Evolution Collection, new cuts may be added over time to represent more modern cuts and styles.
 

A Collection to Enhance Natural History Appreciation

The Diamond Evolution Collection makes a unique addition to any personal collection and is also an ideal collection for museums and jewelry stores that want to better display the progression of gem cutting and the application of scientific concepts. The Stonecutter invests the same care into the creation of the replicas included in the Diamond Evolution Collection as in individual historic diamonds. Order your Diamond Evolution Collection online, and contact us if you have questions or would like to inquire about multiple replicas of a specific historical cut.

Museum-Quality Diamond Replicas by Scott Sucher

 

For historic information, please visit Museum Diamonds


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