Diamond history

The word diamond comes from the Greek adamas which means invincible: indeed the diamond is the most solid stone!
Discovered in India around 3000 years ago, diamonds conceal many secrets…
Diamonds are classified according to 4 essential criteria called "4C".

The first norm is the cut of the stone : the dimensions, the way to cut it, the polishing and the symmetry. These criteria are essential because they determine the brilliance of the diamond.

The color of the diamond is the 2nd norm. The scale starts at the letter D (colorless) to Z (more colorful); the most sought after being transparent white. The colored diamonds, due to their rarity, are very valuable!

Clarity: formed in stone, most diamonds contain black carbon crystals which form inclusions. These impurities determine the clarity of the diamond. Stone Paris diamonds are classified GVS, that is to say that they contain tiny inclusions barely perceptible with a magnifying glass x10.


The unit of measurement used to determine the weight of a diamond is called a carat.
The carat is divided into 100 points: a diamond of 50 points is equivalent to half a carat.
The price of the diamond is determined according to its caratage.



Brilliant round cut

A round brilliant diamond is the most popular form of a diamond today. It is the result of theories developed by diamond cutters who studied the behavior of light in order to optimize the brilliance of the stone.

The majority of Stone Paris jewels is fashioned with round brilliant diamonds.




Marquise cut

The marquise-cut diamond was specially designed for the French king Louis XIV.

It appeared in the 17th century when the monarch ordered an elongated cut diamond evoking the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour.

This diamond is available as a ring, necklace and earrings in our Marie-Antoinette collection.




Rose-cut diamond

Diamonds called rose-cut have a flat bottom and a dome-shaped top.
This cut appeared in the 1500s and then evolved over time to reach 24 facets (against 58 facets for classic diamonds),
giving them a more discreet shine.
The jewels of our Himalaya collection are adorned with these diamonds called "rose-cut".

 



Briolette diamond

The briolette diamond cut was the favorite of kings and aristocrats in the 17th century.

It is a drop-shaped cut stone whose entire surface is covered with geometric facets reflecting light. Pierced in the upper part, it is not encumbered with any setting which allows you to see the diamond in its entirety, as on our earrings from the Ama collection.



Baguette cut

An icon of Art Deco style jewelry, the baguette diamonds are rarer today.
Its rectangular and graphic size accentuates the purity of the diamond more than its brilliance.
The baguette diamond is present in our Garbo, Gilda, Heaven, Serenity and Romeo and Juliet collections.