Lion’s Share to be Decided

Rosy Blue, the Antwerp diamond cutting firm and manufacturer of the "Lion cut," a new diamond facet design, has brought suit against Diamwag, an Antwerp diamond manufacturer and creator of the "Spirit of Flanders" cut, for patent infringement, according to Pascal Eggermont, representing Rosy Blue. (See "Chase to the Cut,"JCK, May 2000, p. 126.) A decision from the court is expected this month. On March 25, 1999, Paul De Maere, the Belgian master jewel designer and HRD gemologist, registered the Lion cut, a new design that produces a small Maltese cross or an eight-pointed star pattern visible in the pavilion. According to Eggermont, on September 26, 1999, De Maere was told that Ronny Wagemans of Diamwag, a subcontractor of De Maere, was cutting an imitation of the Lion cut, called the "Spirit of Flanders." The Spirit of Flanders has the same basic concept as the 56-facet Lion cut but
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