Old European Cut

Welcome to The Clear Cut Classroom where we take deep dives into all things diamonds (and jewelry)! This week we're going back in time to talk about Old European cuts. This antique cut style has uniquely beautiful characteristics that have lasted the test of time!


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The old European cut is the antique sister of the round brilliant! From far away they look similar, but up close you can see the differences! The main differences come down to this: an old European cut has a smaller table (aka top), a steeper crown angle (aka a steeper diagonal cut), it has larger facets and has a culet (a flat cut rather than a point) at the bottom. 

Many times you will see antique cuts be in a lower color range, but that’s totally okay! They mask color SO well and because of the larger chunky facets, they can face up much whiter than their modern counterpart.

Another thing to note is that cut grade, polish and symmetry don’t mean anything! They are all hand cut and unique -- this is what I love most about antique cuts. Each diamond is unique, timeless, charming, and super valuable! 

What do you think about antique cuts? Let us know in the comments below!