Evolution of the Modern Round Brilliant: Old European Cut

DiamondThis cut originated in the late 1800’s when advances in technology allowed for diamonds to be shaped on a wheel, allowing cutters to shape round diamonds. Each of these diamonds was hand faceted and primarily cut for weight retention; resulting in the creation of many different facet shapes that is truly unique. Superseding the Old Mine Cut, this newer design included a larger table size, different facet angle proportions, and 58 facets – all which contribute to better light return performance than the Old Mine. Compared to the modern Round Brilliant however, the Old European Cut has a small table, high crown, deep pavilion and an open culet.

It is important to note that before the early 20th century, candlelight and gaslight were the main sources of lighting. The stones were cut to optimally reflect light in these conditions, which are much dimmer and more forgiving of flaws than modern electric lighting. Through the invention of electrical lighting and diamond cutting technology in the early 1900’s, many of the best quality Old European Cut diamonds were recut to modern Round Brilliants and other shapes. This is why unfortunately, quality Old European Cut diamonds are more difficult to find today.

These beauties are true one-of-a-kind treasures from the past. Hand faceted patterns with deeper proportions give the stones bigger, sporadic flashes of brilliance that convey a personality of the stone. Having been cut with candlelight conditions in mind, these stones give off a romantic feel and vintage elegance.

If you are interested in having an Old European Cut diamond to be set in jewelry, visit Secret Sapphire Luxury Jewellery in Vancouver. We will source a stone to your specifications and can custom make the setting too. You can reach us at 604 558 3638 or email at info@secretsapphire.ca.