Many people are in love with antique jewelry; it connects us to a past romantic era. For those that love all things vintage, it makes perfect sense to opt for antique cut diamond engagement rings when planning for the future. These amazing jewelry pieces can rekindle the romance of the past and promise the future in these beautiful vintage diamond rings.
Below is a brief timeline summary of the evolution of significant changes to antique diamonds:
Originating in the 1300s and was valued as a stone for its luster and hardness, not for the fire and brilliance diamonds are prized for now. These diamonds often appeared black to the eye and were represented as such in many paintings of the era.
The Rose shape was truly unique, with a flat bottom and crown that was dome-shaped. This stone, with between 3 and 24 triangular facets resembles the shape of a rose bud. This cut was common during the early 18th century and remained popular up until the early 1900s.
The predecessor to the modern Round Brilliant, the Old Europeanreturned to a circular girdle on a 58-facet stone. The light dispersion in this diamond cut was more even when radiating off the culet. This gave the Old European quite a sparkle. This cut was prevalent from the 1800s until the Art Deco Period.
One defining characteristic of the old European is the “chunky”, larger facets that create a world of white and dark light contrast within the diamond. This light behavior very much resembles a “checkerboard” pattern. The larger facets also visually display slower light scintillation than the fiery and brilliant rounds. Though the old European and modern round brilliant diamond are similar in some ways, the overall facets and light behavior are different in the two.
The antique cut diamond engagement ring is a testament to the incredible artistry and craftsmanship of jewelers throughout history when jewelry work was measured by eye and created by hand. The old European round diamond was such a beautiful creation that this vintage diamond cut is in demand again today – over 200 years after its creation. Let Mark Broumand and his staff help you select the perfect antique cut engagement ring to bring a part of the past into your future.