Before there were modern brilliant cut diamonds, old European cut diamonds were the stone of choice for engagement rings. Carefully polished by hand, these scintillating stones became popular at the turn of the 20th century and stayed in style until the 1930s. If you’re looking for a spectacular piece of jewelry, you’ll find it within our bespoke collection of antique and vintage old European cut diamond Engagement Rings.
The antique nature of old European cut diamonds makes them increasingly rare. The following features can allow you to easily identify a diamond with this classic cut:
- Predecessor of Modern Diamonds. Just like today’s diamonds, old European cut diamonds feature 58 facets. In these antique stones, however, the facets are typically larger and more distinct.
- Visible Culet. The culet is the facet located at the bottom of a diamond. With old European cut diamonds, this facet is large and pronounced enough to be seen by the naked eye.
- Art Deco Popularity. Old mine cut diamonds were popular during the Victorian and Edwardian While there is some overlap, this more modern old European cut was very popular in the bold designs from the Art Deco Era.
- Rare & Unique. Diamonds of this variety come from a time when every single gemstone was carefully cut by hand. While this means that there may be visible flaws or imperfections, these characteristics only add to their captivating charm.
Find the Perfect Engagement Ring
Many believe that when diamond proportions changed in the 1930s, diamonds lost much of their “inner fire.” Luckily, you can still find this exquisite sparkle within vintage and antique jewelry. Find the perfect ring within our curated collection of old European cut diamond engagement rings.