An Ideal Book

If you want to know the history of the Ideal-cut diamond, read American Cut: The First 100 Years, by Al Gilbertson, research associate for the Gemological Institute of America, in Carlsbad, Calif. 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. The book describes a chance meeting between Gilbertson and Joe Samuel, of the Boston/New York estate jewelry firm J & S.S. DeYoung. Samuel, a former GIA governor, talked with Gilbertson and Dona Dirlam, director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center, about his family history, which stretched back to the diamond-cutting factories of Henry Morse. During the conversation, he mentioned two volumes of archived business correspondence from the Morse Diamond Cutting Co.,

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