This is a new section I am working on.
As I go through the research, I am cutting stones in the traditiona cuts and
then when possible having authentic recreations of the jewelry of the era.


I cut this topaz in the oldest type of cut: the Point Cut which is the natural shap of a perfect diamond. I found the ring design in an old book and worked with a local jewelry to recreate a 16th century Tudor ring that was made for this type of cut. This is a talismanic gold ring set with a point cut Montana sapphire. In Medieval times, sapphire was thought to protect the wearer from harm so the jeweler combined that power with a magical spell in symbols around the stone that also invokes protection.
This is a Gothic Rose cut. This was an early rose cut style from the mid 16th century and would have been used on flat pieces of diamond with funny chips that made them triangular. It didn’t stay in fashion very long and was generally overshadowed but other kinds of rose cuts that we are more familiar with. I cut this one in Peridot. This is a Phenakite cut as an Old Mine Cut. Developed in 18th century Europe old mine cushion cuts were not round but had a slightly curved edge which formed a soft square. They were made with a variety of facet patterns but always with a small table, high crown, and larger culet giving them an architectural look.
This is a scissor cut, also known as “cross cut.” The faceting design developed in the early 16th century but could not improve on the light effects of a Mirror Cut so it was eventually abandoned as the Brilliant Cut developed
This Celtic Revival style features a combination of a Celtic Cross and the Knotwork Interlace pattern, set with a Moonstone and 4 rose cut aquamarines. The ring is an exact replica of Prof. Dumbledores ring from the Harry Potter films and you can read more about it here.

All cuts and jewelry by Justin K Prim