I check in frequently with the Rapaport News to learn about what's new in the diamond world. And so it is with great relief that I report that perhaps there might not be so much grey glass out there anymore? Can we cross our fingers?
In recent news, it seems that Shlomo Cohen, the designer of the Princess Cut, has created and patented "The Vinci Diamond." My feeling about the Princess Cut is that it has been diluted, overused, improperly used and abused.
When I hear "Princess Cut" I actually cringe a little. Everyone seems to want one of these. And unless they buy a very finely-cut Princess cut diamond, of high color and clarity, they're going to get a piece of grey glass. The grey glass we see in the mall is so far-removed from Cohen's original vision that it's really tragic. What kind of princess would wear it?
If you have a Princess Cut diamond and it's lovely, I am thrilled for you, because that's what the designer envisioned: beauty and brilliance, not boring and blah. Please tell me about it in the comment section!
Other square cuts, like the Radiant and the Starburst and the newer Square Asscher provide far more brilliance and life to the diamond. Tiffany's patented Lucida cut is a modified square and is nearly unmatched for liveliness and fire. And I have to mention Lazare Kaplan's Square Emerald Cut. Breathtaking, truly.
This new cut, "The Vinci Diamond" is a pentacle cut. I'll save you from googling "pentacle." If you do, you'll get to read a lot about demons, Satan, black Magic, pentagrams and Motley Crue. No, no, no. The pentacle cut is a five-sided or five-pointed cut, like a five-pointed star, visible from the top of the stone. Like the Pentagon! I'm guessing these pentacles won't be used to conjure up the dark side.
Yeah, maybe he's jumping on the DaVinci Code speed train, but I give him credit for a good source of inspiration. As inspiration goes, better Leonardo DaVinci than some vapid princess. Here's the story.
Diamond designer Shlomo Cohen, who in 1982 was credited with developing the Princess Cut, has created and patented 'The Vinci Diamond,' a 62-facet, pentacle cut, which incorporates the precise ratios of the Divine Proportion.
The idea behind Divine Proportion or the Golden Ratio is based upon the relationship of three lines of which the longest is 1.618 times the length of second longest, which in turn is 1.618 times the length of the shortest line.
The combinations of the three are the basis for everything that is perfectly proportional. The ratio is considered divine because it is repeated over and over in nature.
“I have been studying the geometric possibilities offered by the Golden Ratio since 2001, which is before I ever heard of Dan Brown or The Da Vinci Code,” Cohen said.
“Interestingly, like Dan Brown, I was inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s study of the human body, the Vitruvian Man, and discovered that the artist had adopted the Golden Ratio to emphasize the understanding that symmetry denotes beauty," he said.
Cohen created The Vinci Diamond with the assumption that the stone would be "aesthetically more pleasing if it conforms to the ratios of the Golden Ratio."
The design concept is also widely used in art and architecture. But for Cohen the design of the 62-facet The Vinci Diamond presented a special challenge, for he was intent that at least two pentacle stars be visible inside the polished diamond. If possible, Cohen wanted three pentacle stars to be visible when the diamond is viewed from above through its table.
The end result was stunning, he said, and three pentacle shapes conforming to the exact dimensions of the Divine Proportion are visible. With its precise form, The Vinci Diamond reflects both a fire and brilliance that surpasses that of the standard 57-facet round diamond.
“The completion of my work at the same time as The Da Vinci Code has enjoyed such amazing international success is a happy coincidence,” Cohen says.
“And the fact a major Hollywood movie by the same name will soon be released is an added bonus." Cohen is currently developing a marketing plan for the new cut, which has already been patented in Japan, Israel, Belgium, and the United States.