If a rose by any other name will smell as sweet, what about a diamond? What’s in the name? There have been many stages in the history of diamond cutting practices - techniques and new technologies have been developed to enhance the hardest material on Earth to dazzling proportions. Understanding what is in the name and characteristics behind the look will help to identify the time period in which a diamond was cut which can often help to date a piece of antique jewelry.
The terms Old European cut and Old Mine cut are commonly confused. The majority of diamond dealers are not versed in antique jewelry and often apply a blanket title of “old miner” to all antique diamonds. In actuality, Old Mine Cuts and Old Europeans are quite different.
What’s so great about something vintage inspired? Wouldn’t the real thing be better? Well, yes and no. It depends on what “better” means to you! There’s no denying the romance of a true vintage piece, but when you’re investing in fine jewelry, there are a few other factors to keep in mind. In this article, I’ll lay out a few reasons why you might choose a vintage inspired piece, so that you can make an informed decision.
The transitional cut is a rare vintage cut that was being cut only for a few decades. Its rarity make some believe that it is just a legend since you will not find a GIA transitional cut in existence today. In the early 20th century, the European Cut was evolving and its evolution lead to the birth of the Transitional Cut.