Lodewijk Van Berquen
According to an old myth, Lodewijk Van Berquen, a goldsmith from Bruges, was the inventor of the scaif. This was a device that used a rotating disc covered with diamond powder and olive oil to polish diamonds. This new polishing technique revolutionized the trade, and allowed diamonds to be facetted.
It is here, in the Diamond Museum Bruges, that his story is told.