Female little rose cutters

Did you know...
That in the Netherlands around 1900, rose cutting diamonds was mainly done by women? Because less physical strength is required for rose cuts as opposed to brilliant cuts, many women and girls were employed for this specific type of cutting, leading to the collective term ‘roosjesslijpsters’ or ‘female little rose cutters’ for the profession. The diamond trade, traditionally driven by men, had its exception in the production of rose cuts, which in due course became an almost exclusively female profession.

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