Marcel Tolkowsky was born on Christmas Day in 1899 in Antwerp, Belgium. He was an engineer by trade and a diamond cutter by birth. Tolkowsky is known, among other things as having created the modern round brilliant cut of diamond. He was able to calculate the number of cuts necessary to create the “ideal” diamond shape, containing 58 facets, creating more brilliance and fire than any diamond cut on the market today. Since then, cutters have spent countless amounts of money and time trying to improve upon the century-old cut.
Tolkowsky’s model, although fantastic for the time, wouldn’t meet today’s standards for a modern round brilliant cut diamond. Machinery and formulas for cutting have evolved greatly over the years, increasing the internal reflectivity of the stone, known as brilliance, to unmatched levels. Among many other things, the relationship between the crown and pavillion can drastically affect the brilliance of the diamond.
These days, Tolkowsky’s ideal model has been overused. His initial cut was a guideline, not canon. A GIA article on Tolkowsky is quoted as saying “Because every facet has the potential to change a light ray's plane of travel, every facet must be considered in any complete calculation of light paths. Just as a two-dimensional slice of a diamond provides incomplete information about the three-dimensional nature of light behavior inside a diamond, this two-dimensional slice also provides incomplete information about light behavior outside the diamond. A diamond's panorama is three-dimensional. Although diamonds are highly symmetrical, light can enter a diamond from many directions and many angles.”
The most important thing you can do to make sure you get the most for your Round Cut diamond is to know exactly what you have. Pawngo’s team of evaluators are all GIA certified gemologists. The Gemological Institute of America is world renowned for their accuracy in evaluating diamonds, so a stone certified by the GIA is sure to bring you top dollar. Knowing the four C’s (carat, cut, clarity, color) for your Round Cut diamond will help in being sure you get the most accurate estimate possible and the funding you need when you need it.
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