What Are The Antique Diamond Cuts

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by Suzanne Sachs  5 min read

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Two essential elements of 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 jewelry, 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. Diamond cutters did not have the knowledge, or available machinery, to produce these so they were cut by hand. 


Mine Cut Diamond

• Old European Cut Diamond

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.

Old European cut diamond

• Antique Cushion Cut Diamond

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 pavilion facets to give a less stated look. Antique cushion cut diamonds were popular during the Art Deco era.


Art Deco Cushion Cut Ring

•  French Cut Diamond

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.

French cut diamond

• 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.


Vintage Ruby Engagement Ring

• Single Cut Diamond

The single cut diamond was a very important accent diamond to 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.


Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring

•  Modern Brilliant Cut

When master diamond cutters discovered new machinery and technology, the modern brilliant cut was discovered. 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 girdles with none to small culet. During the 1970's and 1980's large tables were popular, yet today small tables are prevalent and popular.

Vintage Round Diamond Ring

Antique Rings For Everyone:

No matter which era is your favorite, these time-honored diamond shapes have a rich history and individualized character and will continue to have a timeless beauty and elegant appeal that is part of a legacy to pass on to future generations.

Find The Perfect Engagement Ring:

Antique diamond cuts are prized not only for their beauty but also for their exquisite attention to detailing and faceting. If you’re looking for a ring with a sense of glamour, sophistication and vintage charm, explore our collection of antique and vintage engagement rings today.  

Suzanne Sachs

Suzanne has always believed vintage rings can change lives. She's been in the jewelry industry for over 35 years, working with vintage jewelers, diamond dealers, diamond cutters, and gemologists. Suzanne started Artdecodiamonds in 2000 and understood the demand for vintage rings throughout the world. Suzanne ultimately started in 2014, and understands each vintage ring is a reflection of you – your history, your relationships, your style, your elegance and is honored to have the opportunity to help you showcase your flair in a unique and exquisite way.


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