Round is classic, Old cuts are classy. At a glance, you might confuse one for the other but they are far from the same….and for this vintage gal, European cut and Old Mine Cut diamonds are top notch!
Ok, so maybe I am biased and maybe my “black and white, Audrey Hepburn” state of mind is on the verge of favortism to Vintagism. It doesn’t go unwarranted. I have stated before and am under no illusion that vintage is NOT for everyone, and THAT is precisely why I have my secret weapon custom designer pistol in my holster. But, when that client comes in and I pick up the scent of organic, ornate, or straight up vintage I admit my heart gets to pumpin. Soooo, what is all this talk about European and Mine Cut vs Round??????
The old Mine Cut dates back to the early 18th century and each stone was as original as the hands of the cutter. Without the convenience of modern day precision cutting machines, these stones were left to the hand that cut them and each one in turn had a distinct look, no one the same. These beauties are known for their irregular perimeter often cushion or squarish, an open culet (the diamonds point) and smaller table. They are lovingly called rolly polly and by the modern standard might be considered a lesser stone…though estate jewelry junkies know the truth and that each stone is a delightful representation of the perfect imperfection of a stone, much like the hand it sits on. Each detail working together to create a stunning and romantic center to the intricate band that frames it. These stones often carry a bit more color and appear less dizzying in the facet arrangement rather carrying more warmth, and in my opinion, more romance to the stone. They are perfect for the client that cares to have a “piece” rather than a “center stone”, each having their rightful place with their respective dreamer. As cutting advanced and diamond saws became both more popular and more readily available, stones evolved into a more round calibrated cut, more sparkle, and more facets. This era birthed the transition cut called European cut, maintaining the cut culet feature while transitioning to a much larger table and less depth giving them the appearance of being much larger than their true carat weight might suggest. i have an equal fascination and love for these little precious’. There is an unspoken elegance and understated richness to these stones even when the rules we are so fond of don’t fit, THE FOUR C’s.
Can I just go off for a minute and explain that while that is a great starting point and leveling of the playing field…it is by no means the end all be all and I teach my clients that their needs require a different rule book. For example, European cut stones tend to hold their color in their body (bottom 1/3) and face up (table) sparkling white. Allowing you to dip much lower on the modern color scale without batting an eye, and I am a color snob. This is where I teach the most important rule….LET THE DIAMOND DO THE TALKING!!! For it has happened, several times, that a client used the four c’s to request his stones and I respectfully gave him options in his set parameters then asked him to trust me and threw in a curve ball…..the stone that didn’t exactly meet what he presumed to be top choice and most acceptable by modern rulings, undoubtedly out shines it’s self proclaimed superior. Seeing is believing and trusting outside yourself sometimes brings home the gold, pun intended!
Dealing in these pretty little babies often requires a smidgen of luck. Ya see, in finding the perfect modern round brilliant, I simply assess need, budget, want, then pull from thousands of perfectly calibrated stones for your choosing, varying in color, cut, and clarity allowing for budget. Estate requires perfect timing and lately, seems to happen more than you might think. It also allows us to sometimes do extraordinary things on a tighter budget or even just because YOU DONT HAVE TO BREAK THE BANK TO GET SOMETHING INCREDIBLE. Yep, I said it, and my job is to sell things. What is the moral of this story????? I love old cuts and though you aren’t familiar, and though they don’t fit in a box…….you might love them too 😉 Please enjoy my goodies below, most are in house and looking for a suitable throne/finger to take her rightful place; some are merely obsessions!