Two essential elements of antique engagement rings are the wonderful artistry of the past master jewelers, and the glorious antique cuts they used for their one of a kind a timeless works of arts. Beautiful antique cuts, used as center diamonds, include mine cut, old european cut, and in some instances rose cut diamonds . These antique cuts are, as we love to say, "sweet." They have less dispersion and brilliance, yet that's what makes them so special. They truly capture that time in history when things were simpler. Now with a resurgence of antique engagement rings, antique cuts have come back into prominence and are in high demand. Here is a list and description of our collection antique cuts.

Mine Cut Diamonds

Mine cut diamonds, or old mine cut diamonds , were the first antique cut diamond. They are the earliest form of the modern brilliant cut and date back to the early 1800's. Mine cut diamonds were shaped into a large and high crown, with a round to rectangular girdle, a deep pavilion, and a large faceted culet giving a less stated look. Fun Fact: Diamond cutters did not have the knowledge, or available machinery, to produce these so they were cut by hand. Mine cut diamonds were also very popular during the Victorian era.

Old European Cut Diamonds

Old european cut diamonds, or european cut diamonds , were discovered after the mine cut diamond in the mid 1800's. They have a small table, a large culet, large crown, heavy depth, and a circular girdle also giving a less stated look. Fun Fact: European cut diamonds are a favorite shape of all antique jewelers. Old european cut diamonds were popular during the Art Deco and Edwardian eras.

Antique Cushion Cut Diamonds

Antique cushion cut diamonds were discovered during the mid 1800's and are known as pillow cut diamonds. Cushion cut diamonds have rounded corners and larger pavillion facets to give a less stated look. Antique cushion cut diamonds were popular during the Art Deco era.

French Cut Diamonds

A favorite of many antique jewelry enthusiasts throughout the world are French cut diamonds. French cut diamonds were discovered in Europe during the 17th century. They are square in shape, and posses a high crown with a small table. French cut diamonds come with 18 to 24 facets. Also very popular during the Art Deco and Mid century eras.

Rose Cut Diamond:

Rose cut diamonds were discovered during the 16th century and come in either round or pear shape. Rose cut diamonds are said to look like a blooming flower and have a flat bottom and a faceted dome crown. Rose cut diamond accents were very popular during the Victorian era.

Single Cut Diamond

The single cut diamond was a very important accent diamond to antique engagement rings throughout history. They are still important to the watch industry today. Single cut diamonds are round in shape with less than atypical 58 facets. Single cut also have that less stated look.

Modern Brilliant Cut:

When master diamond cutters discovered new machinery and technology, the modern brilliant cut was discovered. This was during the early 1900's. With more brilliance and dispersion, and possessing 58 facets, they are the mainstay of the diamond industry to this day. Round brilliant cut diamonds may have thin to thick gridles with none to small culets. During the 1970's and 1980's large tables were popular, yet today small tables are prevalent and popular.

Final Thoughts:

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