Rosecut Diamond Necklace
Rosecut Diamond Pendant in white gold
The rose cut originated in the 1500's and was commonly used through the Georgian and Victorian eras. Like other antique diamond cuts, they were cut by hand and meant to shine under candlelight. Their large, wide facets performed exquisitely in low light conditions. A surprising driving force in the increased popularity of diamond evening jewelry derived from technological advances in candle making.
Most gemstone jewelry made prior to 1830 have “closed-back” settings, meaning that the pavilion and sides of a gemstone are entirely encased in a little metal cup. Usually, a small piece of foil is inserted in between the gemstone and the metal backing to help it reflect (candle) light.
The shape of the rough diamond crystal influences the shape the diamond will be cut into. Back in the 17th and 18th century, Diamond cutters wanted to preserve as much of the original diamond carat weight as possible. To be precise, if you have the chance to analyze an antique rose cut, you’ll often notice that the shape of the diamond is anything but round and that it follows the shape of the original rough diamond crystal.
Other names for the Rose Cut are the Rosette, Antwerp Rose (Roses d'Anvers), Dutch Cut, Crowned Rose Cut, or the Full Holland Cut. The Dutch references in the names reflect the fact that The Netherlands was once the capital of the diamond-cutting world.
This antique rosecut necklace is crafted in the early twentieth century.
- 14ct white gold
- Rosecut diamonds foiled back
- Biggest centre stone: 2.5mm
- Length: 45cm
- Excellent condition
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