Edwardian 2.21ct Old Mine Cut Diamond GIA Certified J-SI2 Platinum Ring
Edwardian 2.21ct Old Mine Cut Diamond GIA Certified J-SI2 Platinum Ring

“Like detectives, diamond experts rely on descriptions and images of jewelry in old paintings, catalogs, and diaries to understand what the first cut diamonds looked like.”




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Over the past few years there has been a marked increase in the purchase of old cut style diamonds. We more and more often deal with questions from consumers who are considering both newly minted old style cuts and authentic old cut diamonds. Of course, the diamond material is hundreds of thousands of years old anyway, but there are those who wish to go “new” or “old” and those who just want the old look. A further layer of unknowns crop up when a client wants to differentiate from an unrestored old cut from an old looking stone that may have been more recently repaired or lightly modified for one of several reasons. Then, there are those people looking for all the best look of an old cut in a newly minted old looking diamond, which has the high light return features available utilizing more recent diamond cutting knowledge and techniques that did not exist a 100 years ago.

Cuts and settings for gems and diamonds have changed as much in the history of antique jewelry as the political and social landscape of the centuries has. Well into the early 19th century all antique diamonds were hand cut and polished. Technology and the machines capable of near perfection were not yet available. Thus, antique diamonds are known for the fact that each one is slightly different in shape and, often, facet size and shape. Only in recent generations have we sought out diamonds with perfect facet structures and shapes possible only by means of our modern equipment and technology. Yet, antique diamonds often possess brilliance, life and character with which no modern diamond can compare.

 




Stratford is an antique Edwardian diamond engagement ring made from platinum centering a 2.05ct EGL certified Old Mine Cushion Cut diamond with E color and SI2 clarity. This simple, easy to wear ring showcases the colorless, sparkling main diamond accented by a channel of eight bead set Full Cut round diamonds with a total approximate weight of .20ct.
Stratford is an antique Edwardian diamond engagement ring made from platinum centering a 2.05ct EGL certified Old Mine Cushion Cut diamond with E color and SI2 clarity. This simple, easy to wear ring showcases the colorless, sparkling main diamond accented by a channel of eight bead set Full Cut round diamonds with a total approximate weight of .20ct.

 

Old mine cut diamonds were a form of brilliant cut with a variety of facets structures, and with the outside perimeter being out-of-round often more square or rectangular in shape. Again, being all hand cut without the use of precise machines, each one is as individual as the people who cut them. Old mine cuts are often seen in 18th and 19thcentury in Georgian and Victorian jewelry. Key features include an open culet and a small table. Often they have an open culet where the facets come together at the bottom and leave a small flat surface.  

 

 

Georgian 6ct Old Mine Cut Diamond Cluster Ring Circa 1800’s
Georgian 6ct Old Mine Cut Diamond Cluster Ring Circa 1800’s

 

The term ‘Old Mine Cut’ applies to many of the diamonds cut before the 18th Century. Before the process of bruting, many of the diamonds assumed a square shape, appearing like the forerunner of the Cushion Cut. Diamonds possessed a polished culet and were far deeper than modern cuts. Old European cuts presented a far rounder shape, with a differing arrangement of facets. Some Old Cut diamonds are sometimes called ‘Victorian Cut’ and many have tell-tale features

Estate 1850s Old Mine Brilliant Cut Diamond 2.08ct F-G, SI2 Platinum Ring Original Mid 1800s French Cut Diamond EGL Certificate
Estate 1850s Old Mine Brilliant Cut Diamond 2.08ct F-G, SI2 Platinum Ring
Original Mid 1800s French Cut Diamond EGL Certificate

 

Old European cut diamonds are a form of brilliant cut diamonds with a variety of facets – usually fifty eight (58) with the key features of a small table, an open culet and a round perimeter or shape. The invention of the power driven bruting machine (patented in 1891) allowed the girdle (or perimeter) to be round rather than irregular. Unlike the old mine diamonds, these are closer to what we see today in modern diamonds.

Platinum Old European Cut Diamond Engagement 3.64Ct + .85Ct J-SI1 EGL
Platinum Old European Cut Diamond Engagement 3.64Ct + .85Ct J-SI1 EGL

 

There are many other cuts of diamond which could be labelled as older cuts. Many of the diamond cuts give evidence of how the cutting process developed. One of the other styles, encountered in antique pieces of jewellery is the Rose Cut. This type of diamond cut is worth a mention here, since it does crop up from time to time. The Rose Cut can be single or double (flat on one side or faceted on both sides.) Some smaller examples are more like diamond chips, with little detail. Beautiful examples of larger Rose Cut diamonds can be found. Many provide very large spreads owing to the shallow cut producing larger than typical proportions. Such diamonds allow most of the light to pass through the stone, without the same brilliance, and refraction from modern diamond cuts.

 

Vintage European Rose Cut Diamond & Ruby Long Cocktail Ring in 12K Gold
Vintage European Rose Cut Diamond & Ruby Long Cocktail Ring in 12K Gold

 

Today, lasers are used to cut diamonds to precise specifications in mass quantities. However, before modern diamond cutting technology was invented, diamonds were all cut individually by hand! The Old Mine Cut diamond is an early version of the Round Brilliant Cut diamond, which is by far the most popular diamond cut for newly-made engagement rings today. The Round Brilliant Cut diamond is loved around the world because of its amazing ability to sparkle and shine brighter than any other cut. However, Old Mine Cut diamonds are loved for their unmistakably vintage, hand cut quality that you can see with just a glance. This classic cut was always done individually by hand with hand made tools, so every Old Mine Cut diamond is truly one-of-a-kind. Ring settings were then designed for each Old Mine Cut diamond after it had been cut, so each engagement ring featuring this vintage cut is truly unique!

Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring
Old Mine Cut Diamond Ring
Enchant your sweetheart with vintage charm. This gorgeous old mine cut engagement ring is a sweet beauty with a lot of character. The antique style platinum setting has a few old round cut diamond accents and is covered in lovely hand engraving. Sitting pretty atop the setting is a glamorous 2.02ct old mine cut GIA graded at I-SI1. The cushion shaped stone faces up very white and brilliant. The facet pattern is true to old cut stones and is quite stunning. Seal your love by presenting her this one-of-a-kind antique style ring.
Enchant your sweetheart with vintage charm. This gorgeous old mine cut engagement ring is a sweet beauty with a lot of character. The antique style platinum setting has a few old round cut diamond accents and is covered in lovely hand engraving. Sitting pretty atop the setting is a glamorous 2.02ct old mine cut GIA graded at I-SI1. The cushion shaped stone faces up very white and brilliant. The facet pattern is true to old cut stones and is quite stunning. Seal your love by presenting her this one-of-a-kind antique style ring.
This enchanting antique cushion cut diamond engagement ring has a spectacular combination. It all starts with the mesmerizing 2.40ct old mine brilliant, with its chunky facets, amazing brilliance and exceptional cut. It is GIA certified at F-SI1. This exceptionally white and eye clean gem is showcased beautifully in this shared prong design, made in high polish 18k white gold. The round brilliant cut diamonds set in the halo and shank showcase their own shape beautifully with minimal metal showing. The ring's dainty design allows for the diamonds to pop. It is stunning from every angle.
This enchanting antique cushion cut diamond engagement ring has a spectacular combination. It all starts with the mesmerizing 2.40ct old mine brilliant, with its chunky facets, amazing brilliance and exceptional cut. It is GIA certified at F-SI1. This exceptionally white and eye clean gem is showcased beautifully in this shared prong design, made in high polish 18k white gold. The round brilliant cut diamonds set in the halo and shank showcase their own shape beautifully with minimal metal showing. The ring’s dainty design allows for the diamonds to pop. It is stunning from every angle.

 






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