Imagine the stories these diamonds could tell...
Some time ago, we developed an interest in antique jewelry, specifically antique diamonds. Through this hobby, we've come to find that there are many others who share this same love of history and desire to preserve treasured family heirlooms.
Compare an antique cut diamond to a modern stone and you will see why we are so passionate about preserving these old cuts. Big chunky facets, soft round or cushion shapes, bright colored flashes of fire. No two are alike.
Rose cut diamonds were cut as early as the 1500's and were popular until the early 1900's. The shape of a rose cut diamond resembles the bud of a rose. The bottom is flat and the crown is domed shaped, with the facets meeting at a point in the middle. Rose Cuts are characterized by 3, 6, 12, 18 or 24 facets.
Cushion Cut/Old Mine Cut
Old Mine Cuts (OMCs)/Cushion Cuts are among the earlier cuts developed. Both exhibit 58 facets and typically have a soft roundish or cushion to oval shape with a high crown, small table and a large culet.
Asscher Cuts were created during the late 1800's by Joseph Asscher and was the first square cut developed. With its stepped "hall of mirrors" facets and understated elegance, it remains one of the most desirable diamond cuts today.
Old European Cut
Old European Cuts (OECs) are considered the forerunner of today's modern round brilliant. This unique, round-shaped cut exhibits large facets which can give the stone a flowery or checkerboard like appearance. The culets can vary from small to medium in size and OECs typically have a small table and heavy crown.
"Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things in the world."