Sunday, May 24, 2009

Everything's Comin' Up Roses














Branded cuts, and rough cuts--diamonds come in just about every configuration one can dream up. Elaborate patterns show off an expert cutter's mastery of understanding light return via facet angles and exquisite design. The polar opposite trend is to wear diamonds in the rough. These are crystals set into jewelry just as were found in the earth, rough-hewn and unique. Both of these diamond types have a huge fan base.

Somewhere in between is the collector who wants a pattern to their diamonds for some sparkle and pop--but still give the impression of a distinctive vintage jewel. Enter the rose cut.

Rose cut diamonds are said to have originated in Antwerp in the 16th century and were born from more primitive polishing methods. Rose cuts are recognized for their flat bottom and a pattern of facets making the center of the stone form a dome with a point on top resembling a closed rose bud. The number of facets vary from as few as 3, to 6, 12, 18 or more.

Modern designers choose this retro diamond type not so much for their bling quotient; they certainly don't shimmer like brilliant cut stones, but for their charming old world appeal. When paired to fine craftsmanship, the resultant jewels are showstoppers--even when the observer can't quite figure out what is so different about the jewelry. Rose cut diamonds are enchanting throwbacks to diamond cutting origins, and an elegant choice for the 21st century collector.

Kerry Washington is unforgetable in Bochic pearl and rose cut diamond earrings at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of "Face." Image courtesy: D'Orazio & Associates, Beverly Hills.

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