What is an Old European Cut Diamond?

There Are Many popular classic diamond cuts on the market today.  Among the most classic (and ordinary) classic diamond cuts is that the Old European Cut.  The simplest way I help customers understand Old European Cut diamonds is by allowing them to compare these heirloom diamonds into a contemporary Round Brilliant cut diamond since the two are around cuts. 

Do you notice some striking differences between the 2 diamonds pictured above?  The older diamond on the left is not as perfectly round as the modern diamond on the right.  The Old European cut diamond has bigger facets and a large hole slightly off-center.  While you cut to optimize the amount of brilliance, the antique diamond enables off a magical, understated yet elegant glow. 

Old European Cut Diamond Characteristics

Characteristically, an Old European Cut diamond has a smaller table and greater crowns than its contemporary counterpart.  In addition, among the most prominent qualities of an Old European Cut the culet. You'll notice that it is open or 'cut off' which generates the gap you see close to the heart points.  See the diagram below for fundamental diamond anatomy. 

What's the Old European Cut Diamond Worth?

 Up until lately, it was common practice to take each of loose Old European Cut diamonds and re-cut them to contemporary shapes.  This was because Round brilliant-cut diamonds controlled more money per carat than a classic cut diamond.  But because of popular demand, many jewelry dealers are salvaging old Stones and incorporating them into classic or new settings.  Old European cut Diamonds will probably always be worth more if they're still in their original setting, However, the price gap between the new and old diamond has lessened as more individuals Enjoy the unique beauty of heirloom diamonds.



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