Israel Itzkowitz, an esteemed diamond polisher and coinventor of the princess cut, died on February 18, according to a Facebook post by his son, David.
Itzkowitz, Betzalel Ambar and Ygal Perlman — all Israelis — are credited with creating the diamond style around 1980.
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Itzkowitz grew up in a diamond family, cutting and polishing his first stone at 14, according to his LinkedIn profile. He became an innovative cutter and held several patents, including for an “invisible” setting, designed to make the diamond seem to be afloat.
In 2016, he joined lab-grown producer Diamond Foundry as a “master cutter.”
David Itzkowitz said the family would hold a private ceremony and linked to a memorial page about his father.
Image: Israel Itzkowitz. (Diamond Foundry/Twitter)