Over the centuries, diamond cutters’ skill has had a big impact on the gem’s popularity. Probably even influencing your own taste.
Diamond cutters do a lot more than just create the shape of a diamond, making it round or oval, square or rectangular, even a pear shape.
Their work determines the amount of brilliance and fire — technical terms in the trade — that the gemstone produces. And those qualities have changed throughout history as tastes shifted and technology improved.
“The pearl is the only gem that doesn’t require human intervention,” said Alessandro Borruso, deputy director of Sotheby’s Diamonds Europe. The diamond, for example, “looks pretty much like a piece of frosted
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