THE HISTORY OF THE ROUND CUT ENGAGEMENT RING

historyofroundengagementringstolkoswkiThe engagement ring is a jewelry piece of tremendous cultural importance. The idea of rings as a symbol of betrothal goes back centuries, though most spousal bands were plain or contained other gemstones. The first recorded account of a diamond engagement ring comes from 1477 when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria became engaged to Mary of Burgundy. As better techniques for cutting diamonds and more diamond sources were discovered, the tradition gradually grew in popularity.

By the end of the 19th century, engagement rings were very typical although many still contained gemstones other than diamond. The diamond ring became the standard for engagements in the mid-20th century when De Beers Jewelry ran the now famous ad campaign with the tagline, “Diamonds are forever.” This campaign coincided with an increased supply in the diamond market, which was quickly matched by an increase in demand as the majority of couples began to use diamond rings in their engagements.

The round cut engagement ring emerged as the most popular style of diamond ring in no small part due to the work of a man named Marcel Tolkowsky. Tolkowsky was a member of a family of diamond cutters, and in his engineering PhD thesis from 1919, he published a set of mathematical guidelines for cutting diamonds to maximize their brilliance. The round cut that results from these guidelines is variously known as the ideal cut, the Tolkowsky cut, and the round brilliant cut. Whatever you call it, however, its popularity is unmatched when it comes to engagement rings.

The round brilliant cut uses 58 facets to bring out the inner fire of the diamond by reflecting the maximum amount of light possible. After Tolkowsky’s thesis was published, his cut quickly became the benchmark for how diamonds should be cut. The round cut engagement ring has been the single most popular style of engagement ring ever since. Celebrities who have chosen a round cut engagement ring include Natalie Portman, Brooklyn Decker, Amy Adams, and Gisele.

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