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School Me: Rose Cut Diamonds

Though they fell out of fashion at the turn of the century, rose cut diamonds are experiencing a resurgence, particularly across the U.S. 

Sarah Swell Leona Ring

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.

Sarah Swell, One-Of-A-Kind: Edition 1

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. 

England, circa 1780

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.

England, circa 1820

We happen to be very fond of this particular cut. 

Sarah Swell: One-Of-A-Kind, eight

#jewelspiration: Matilde Poulat

Mexican jeweler Matilde Poulat opened her own silver workshop in the 1930's, producing substantial, yet intricate pieces.

Poulat adopted the name "Matl," (the Aztec word for "water") for her work.

Despite becoming one of Mexico's most influential designers, she first trained as a painter (sound familiar?) 

Her detailed designs often include turquoise and coral accents. 

Even today, more than fifty years after her death, jewelers still look to the Matl style.

Each tiny silver spiral was fashioned by hand, each stone hand set.

Maybe the most interesting part of Poulat's story? As far as anyone knows, there are no existing photographs of her.

Despite her famously whimsical creations and design legacy, no one knows exactly when she was born or what she looked like.