In the market for an antique diamond engagement ring? We’ve created a comprehensive guide to buying antique stones to make things a little easier.
Antique stones are usually desired because of their romantic feel, larger faceting and greater scintillation (flashes of light that appear when the stone is in movement). This causes the stones to have a fiery sparkle, especially in dim lighting, as they were cut in the 1800s with candlelight in mind.
Most antique stones range in color from J all the way through O, as their whiter counterparts were re-cut into modern stones. However, since diamonds are graded when they are face down, antique stones face up much whiter than their technical grade. This is why it’s so important to look beyond the paperwork when searching for the right diamond.
The most popular antique diamond cuts are Old European (Euro) and Old Mines.
Old European Cut
Old Euros are the precursors to today’s modern round brilliants. They are perfect circles and were the primary diamond cuts made in the Art Deco Era.
Old Mine Cut
Old Mines are the precursors to today’s cushion cut stones. Though they vary in shape from stone to stone (some being elongated) they are generally gently rounded squares.
We can’t stress enough how important it is not to base your decision on a diamond’s specs on paper- something that may seem like it would look bad on a certificate can often end up being beautiful in person.
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