American Cut: The First 100 Years

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This book chronicles the evolution of what we refer to as the Ideal Cut from its earliest beginnings. It was known as the American Cut because of Henry Morse, a diamond cutter in Boston, who by 1873, with the help of his shop manager, built the first bruting machine to make a diamond perfectly round. Prior to this, diamonds were rarely cut as round shapes. Morse also made the first gauge to measure the angles of diamonds and through repeated experiments decided which angles were the best for the crown and pavilion. Cutting factories copying his methods soon sprang up in America, and, by 1900, Morse s style of cutting was called the American Cut. This book carefully documents others who also influenced the development and perceptions about the Ideal Cut, including Frank Wade, Herbert Whitlock, Marcel Tolkowsky, Robert Shipley and Richard T. Liddicoat.

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Al Gilbertson, G.G., is a research associate with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). A former appraiser and lapidary, he helped create GIA s Diamond Cut Grading System. Mr. Gilbertson is a noted speaker and the author of numerous articles related to the jewelry and appraisal business.

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It's not only a wonderful read but also a historical treasure filled with significant discoveries that make for a compelling story about the men who created the Ideal-cut round brilliant diamond. --Gary Roskin, JCK

American Cut: The First 100 Years sets the record straight. Al Gilbertson tells the true story of the development of the ideal cut round brilliant diamond. --Richard Wise

Many of us know Al Gilbertson as an esteemed cutter, gemologist and innovator. Add mythbuster to his titles. Mr. Gilbertson has produced a gem of a book, sure to be a page-turner for enthusiasts of ideal diamond cutting origins. --John Pollard, Pricescope Diamond Journal

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