Lodewyck van Bercken

Lodewyck van Bercken

Lodewyck van Bercken, also known as Louis de Berquem, was a 15th century diamond cutter. Van Bercken revolutionised the diamond industry. Without his invention it’d be possible that the polished diamond trade would be non-existent today. ⁠

Van Bercken invented the “scaif.” The scaif is a polishing wheel infused with a mixture of olive oil and diamond dust used in the diamond industry to cut and polish diamonds. This made possible to polish all facets of a diamond at symmetric angles that best reflected light. ⁠

Other than the “scaif,” Van Bercken was commissioned, by Charles the Bold, to cut the 137-carat Florentine Diamond. ⁠

Myth or fact? It is said that his sculpture was originally holding a diamond, which has since gone missing…