Friday, 3 August 2012

Re-introducing the Almond Briolette collection

The briolette cut is originally a pear shaped gemstone cut with multiple triangular facets- it is usually suspended rather than set, so best suited to earrings or pendants.

First cut about 80 years ago India or then 'Persia' this cut was made popular in Victorian times. The most precious briolette is the Smithsonian- a 275 ct 55g diamond presented by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1811 to his Empress consort Marie Louise (his tart on the side!).

In her 'Hollywood' collection 10 years ago Dinny resurrected this great cut, re-designing it into her own cut the 'Almond Cut'.

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