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Old Mine & European Cut Diamonds

The Essential 7C's

Vintage Cuts

There are also a number of vintage diamond cuts which remain popular as classic styles and can be described as follows.

Old Mine Cut
This is a square diamond cut with gently rounded corners and brilliant-style facets. The crown is typically high but table is small, and the culet is big enough to be visible through the top of the stone.

Old European Cut
This is a square diamond cut with gently rounded corners and brilliant-style facets. The crown is typically high but table is small, and the culet is big enough to be visible through the top of the stone.

Rose Cut
As the name suggests, this cut’s brilliant-style facets are arranged in groups that make the diamond look like an opening rose bud. The rose cut is usually made up of 12 or 24 triangular facets reaching up to form a point, a crown that rises from its base and has no pavilion. Developed prior to the use of electric lighting, rose cuts lost their popularity in the early 20th century due to their lack of brilliance.

grading vintage

To read more about each of the individual shapes please visit the shapes section.

Further Reading

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