The revolutionary Athena ® Diamond Cut was adopted and adapted by the De Belder family from Antwerp, Belgium. A family which has been in the diamond cutting and trading business ever since 1875 and also a founding member of one of Antwerp’s diamond bourses.
The third generation of the De Belder family, one of the best known diamantaires in Antwerp, Robert De Belder, was President of Antwerp Rough Diamond Traders Association. He was praised as ‘expert of the experts’ due to his expertise in solving the most intricate issues in diamond cutting.
Daniel De Belder is the fourth generation of the De Belder family which has been in the diamond business ever since 1875.
De Belder Family have a close friend named Alexander Petrovich Wolkonsky. The
Wolkonsky family was a noble family in Tsarist Russia. One day, Alexander presented a piece of polished citrine to Daniel’s wife. With a unique shape, the citrine has a waving arc on its top. The novelty immediately attracted the interests of the De Belder family.
For centuries, diamond cutters had presented same flat table of diamonds, while playing with crowns and pavilions. So ‘Why can’t a diamond shine a smiling curve?’
Driven by this idea, Daniel, the innovator in diamond business, invited the world’s best cutter, Matrix Diamond Technology, to bring his innovation to life, in diamonds. After trial and error, the Matrix team achieved the precise ‘smiling curve’. It seems to fate that the S shaped diamond has two shining hearts. It embodies the bond of craftsmanship and art, and the converging light of emotion and reason. ‘I am glad that the friendship between people is what creates this innovated product’, Daniel said, ‘This is the best gift we can have in the technology-advanced age.’