Ready to take the leap and propose to that special person in your life? Want to get a ring that reminds her that she’s unique, beautiful and has an elegant sense of style? Vintage, estate or antique diamond engagement rings are currently very trendy and will do just that. Being hand cut, each one has its own special look, design and finish, with a more romantic glow about them. Here are the types of larger engagement diamond cuts and what defines them:
Miner’s/ Old Mine Cut Diamond:
This type of diamond cut was popular in the 19th century and dates back to the 1830’s. Many Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian style engagement rings feature diamonds cut this way. Miner’s cut or Old Mine cut diamonds have a squarish girdle with rounded corners. They posses a high crown, a small table and a large, flat culet. This diamond cut was the earliest form of the brilliant cut, which means the diamond was cut to allow the stone to sparkle even in the dim candlelight of the time.
Old European Cut Diamond:
The Old European cut diamond dates back to the 1800’s and was used in the Edwardian, Victorian and Art Nouveau jewelry. These diamonds have a high crown, small table and a large, flat culet. The old european cut has a round girdle, meaning it appears round from the top view as opposed to the earlier old mine cut which had a more squared off top view. Rather than coming to a perfect point, this diamond is cut straight across so that it is flat at the bottom. Old European cut diamonds have facets that are thick triangular blocks as opposed to current round brilliant cuts which have thinner facets.
Each of these cuts has their unique beauty and make the perfect, unique diamond engagement ring for that special person. Andrew’s Jewelry Store has gorgeous examples of both these rings. Come in to see them.