Fire of Inspiration
Each diamond carries within it unique characteristics bestowed by nature and preserved for eternity. Since every diamond is different – varying in size, shape, colour and clarity – each presents a fresh challenge to the master craftsman who will turn the raw stone into a scintillating gem. The way that the facets align with each other must be minutely planned to send light pirouetting through the stone, releasing the inner fire.
In earlier times, diamonds were left uncut. Set deep within their mounts, with only the soft lustre of the top of the surface exposed, they appeared to be dark and mysterious. It wasn’t until the 14th century that the craftsman began to explore the complex techniques of cutting and polishing diamonds that enabled the stones to sparkle. Today, these techniques are still being refined and new ones developed.
Cutting a diamond is delicate work of art that requires a craftsman’s imagination, patience and skill. Working on a large stone is even more challenging and can be intensely emotional. In 1908, famous master-craftsman Joseph Asscher was chosen to cut the largest diamond ever discovered – the 3106 carat Cullinan diamond. After long preparation, he at last struck the first blow. His cleaving blade promptly shattered and Asscher fainted on the spot. Fortunately no damage was done. The cut proceeded and nine gems were created from the Cullinan; the two largest are now part of the British Crown Jewels.
Regardless of the size of the diamond, once lit, the fire of inspiration burns forever.