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brilliant cut

noun, Jewelry.
a cut intended to enhance the brilliance of a gem with the least possible sacrifice of weight, characterized by a form resembling two pyramids set base to base, truncated so as to give a broad table and a very small culet, and having from 18 to 104 facets, 58 being typical.
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First recorded in 1705-15
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a circular shape for diamonds and other gemstones with two multi-faceted pyramids placed base to base, the upper, usually with 56 facets, truncated comparatively near its base by the table, the lower, usually with 24 facets, having only the apex cut off to form the culet around which eight extra facets are sometimes added; also written brilliant-cut's 21st Century Lexicon
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