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Craft of Diamond Cutter Medal

Part of the series ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands’

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Discover the power of two centuries-old crafts
The craft of the diamond cutter experienced its greatest growth in the Netherlands during the Golden Age and is, nowadays, practiced in Amsterdam in two companies: Royal Coster Diamonds and GASSAN Diamonds. Because of the Rembrandt & the Golden Age theme year, the Royal Dutch Mint and Intangible Cultural Heritage have entered a partnership with GASSAN Diamonds and Royal Coster Diamonds to combine the crafts of cutting diamonds and minting coins and create a special and limited issue together: the Craft of the Diamond Cutter Medal. This medal is the second in the series ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands’ and is available in two qualities. The Cu/Ni medal is packaged in a coincard and has a mintage of only 2,500 pieces. There is also a very exclusive golden Craft of the Diamond Cutter Medal available, with an actual diamond in the center! There are only ten (!) of these beautiful and unique gold medals available.

The making of…
Diamonds are very precious. This is partly due to the long process a diamond worker must run through. It starts with the rough diamond, which often looks like an ordinary piece of glass. The first step is to cleave the diamond into two or more pieces. This can be done by sawing, splitting or laser technique. Diamond is so hard, that it can only be cut with diamond. Then the shape of the diamond is created by bruting and girdling, for instance pear shape, marquise or brilliant. By polishing the well-known surfaces are applied to the diamond: the facets.
In the video you can see the making of the Craft of the Diamond Cutter Medal. Including the polishing and positioning of the diamond in the center of the medal.