There’s something to be said about the allure of tradition and history. Antique diamond cuts are one such fascinating area. One of the most remarkable traits of antique cut diamonds is that they don’t have the same sparkle and shine as more modern cuts – but therein lies their appeal! They look softer and more romantic. 

What is an Antique Diamond Cut?

An antique cut diamond is any diamond that was cut anywhere from the 1300s until the 1930s. These softer cuts were meant to be viewed in candlelight, so they have a naturally softer presence. They’re attractive in their own right and just like modern diamond cuts, they can vary considerably in value based on their carat weight, appearance and more.

Types Of Antique Cuts

If you’re interested in owning a unique piece of history, it’s a good idea to learn more about the various antique diamond cuts: 

Single Cut

A single cut diamond, also known as eight cuts, is one that features eight crown facets and eight pavilion facets. Its simple octagonal shape dates back to the 1300s.

Rose Cut

A rose cut is so named because it is cut in such a way as to resemble the blossom of a rosebud. It has anywhere from 3-24 facets and is one of the oldest cuts, with a history that goes back to the 1500s. 

The rose cut diamond is unique in that the bottom is flat and the crown of the diamond is dome-shaped, allowing the facets to come together in the center. This type of cut was especially popular in Georgian times (1714-1837) and Victorian times (1837-1901).

Old Mine Cut

With its square-shaped girdle and slightly rounded corners, the old mine cut is similar to the cushion cut and first became popular in the 1700s. Their unique shape is the result of jewelers not wanting to lose as much of the rough diamond as they cut it while still maximizing the carat weight. 

It features 58 facets, and its unique asymmetrical shape gives it a very distinguished look and presence. 

Old European Cut

Popular during the late Victorian era, Edwardian era and Art Deco period, the Old European cut is the most advanced antique diamond cut. It features a round, organic appearance and because of this, it has quickly become a favorite among vintage diamond enthusiasts. 

Why You Should Own an Antique Cut Diamond

There are many advantages to owning an antique cut diamond. If you’re a fan of traditional and timeless style, you can own a piece of history that’s truly one of a kind. Second, antique cut diamonds are good for the planet. Rather than the cost of mining a new diamond, you’re repurposing an existing diamond, giving you greater peace of mind.

Stop in our Houston, Texas jewelry showroom today and let our master jewelers show you our variety of antique cut diamonds. See the mastery at work for yourself at Valobra Master Jewelers!