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In a world where everything is done in a rush, where time is money, where value seems to dominate over quality, you will be pleased to know that there are still a few Lapidarists around that view their craft more as a hobby and challenge, than a financially rewarding job. Just like great painters, those who view Lapidary as an art, have the wonderful ability to create masterpieces that are truly spectacular.
Take the classic brilliant round cut, it has become our staple diet in the gem world ever since Tolkowsky developed it in 1919. But when time and profit is put to one side for a moment, then imagine what happens when a gem cutter enlarges the table facet and adds around 80 small triangular and kite shaped facets to the crown? Then by turning the gem over, makes time to patiently do the same to the pavilion. The result is a gemstone that offers incredible scintillation (the effect seen when you slowly rock a gem backwards and forwards and the entire facet on a crown flashes on and off like a lighthouse) and yet still retains its internal brilliance.
This cut is only suitable for gems with great clarity, as its larger table facet hides nothing; it’s also a great cut to use if you want to show off strong vivid colours within a gem. Due to the complex arrangement of facets, don’t expect to see it on gems weighing less than two carats and do expect to pay a little more than a standard round brilliant cut gem.
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