Bringing old cuts to new life

Nicholas took three beautifully faceted diamonds which are all old-cut, (when all gems were cut by hand) and created a totally modern style three-stone ring in white gold.

As engagement season is upon us, this stunning item would make the perfect engagement ring to enchant one romantic couple.

What’s the difference between a modern brilliant cut diamond and a vintage old-cut? The old cut is an antique type of diamond cut that was fashioned long before modern technology allowed minute precision and geometrically perfect shapes.

A descendant of the old mine cut and a refinement of cushion cuts, European old cut diamonds have a very small table and a heavy, bulky crown. The body of the gem is very deep, and the culet at the base or point of the gem is generally larger and more open than in contemporary cuts.

The overall shape of the stone is round, though some old cuts may be slight ovals due to the imprecise cutting methods used generations ago. This cut was most popular during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and today it can be found in many antique and vintage rings and diamond jewellery.

Old-cut diamonds are all highly individual and generally offer bigger visual appeal due to the size of the gemstones. The old-cut fell out of usage around the 1920s, when the brilliant cut replaced it.

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