The rose cut is said to have been developed in Holland during the 17th century, but may have been used earlier in India in a cruder way. The rose cut lost popularity in the early 18th century, when the brilliant cut was invented. But the beginning of the 20th century saw a slight revival of the cut. In those days, when there would be too much weight loss if a stone was to be polished into a brilliant, people might opt for one or two rose cuts. When the stone is cut so that it is in the form of two rose-cut stones placed base to base, it is called a double rose cut.
Usually, when speaking about a rose cut, people refer to a cone-shaped diamond (or an other prescribed symmetrical form) featuring a variable number of facets (usually two horizontal rows rising to a point) and a flat bottom (which means no pavilion).
It is important to bear on mind that the rose cut is first of all a cut. It is like the emerald cut. You can have emerald cuts as diamonds, as emerald or as diamond. And it also applies for rose cuts. You can have garnet rose cuts, as well as diamond rose cuts. This is important since knowing that helps avoiding a frequent misuse of the vocable rose cut.
Further more, the word "rose" itself could also be misleading as it comes from the flower, the "rose" and means "pink". Therefore, when you find an object that is described as featuring rose cuts, without further information, do not take it for granted and make sure that the stones are cut in diamond or check their color. A rose-cut diamond is also known as a Rose Diamond.
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