Though they fell out of fashion at the turn of the century, rose cut diamonds are experiencing a resurgence, particularly across the U.S.
The soft, sculpted cut has a flat bottom and can have anywhere from 3 to 24 facets. And the name? It's not exactly random; the shape imitates the narrowing spiral of rose petals.
The cut became popular all the way back in the 16th century, and was especially common during the times of Jane Austen and Queen Victoria.
By 1900, advanced cutting techniques and a widespread interest in brilliant cut diamonds (think traditional, sparkly engagement ring) led jewelers to collect centuries worth of rose cut diamonds. Though this meant cutting down the stones, they were transformed into the trendy new styles of the day.
Because of this, very few original rose cut pieces survive from before 1900.
We happen to be very fond of this particular cut.