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A beautiful pair of Fancy Intense Yellow diamond, gold and black rhodium 'Eclipse' earrings.

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A beautiful pair of yellow diamond, yellow gold and black rhodium 'Eclipse' earrings designed by Amy Burton for Hancocks, the avant-garde earrings set with bright and lively old European cut diamonds weighing 2.04cts and 2.23cts, both of Fancy Intense Yellow colour and of VS1 and VVS2 clarity respectively, mounted within a black enamelled gold bezel and encircled with a row of inverted round brilliant cut diamonds, suspended from simple gold ear hooks.
  • OriginLondon
  • Gemstones and Other Materials2.04ct Fancy Intense Yellow VS1 old European brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate (6173233419). 2.23ct FIY VVS2 old European brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate (1196177237). Round brilliant cut diamonds weighing a total of 0.40cts
  • Condition ReportNew
  • Setting18ct yellow gold
  • Weight description4.9 grams
  • DimensionsOverall drop 2.2cm
Directors notes
The old European brilliant cut is the forefather of todays modern round brilliant cut diamond. It was developed towards the end of the 19th Century when new machinery was invented, in particular the motor-driven saw, which allowed diamonds to be cut in attractive, symmetrical round shapes without wasting the excess rough crystal that was cut off. This revolutionised the industry and gradually, through a process of trial and error, cutters discovered which proportions produced the finest balance of brilliance and fire within these new round stones. Diamonds were now able to dazzle even in the dimly candle-lit rooms of the turn of the century. Along with their characteristic polished culet facets, finely cut old European brilliants can be distinguished from their modern counterparts by their higher crowns and smaller table facets. These features combine to create a greater amount of spectral colour-flashes from inside the stone than we typically see in modern cut diamonds.


Within the archives of the London jewellers Hancocks, there exists the most extraordinary book.  Large, heavy and showing distinct signs of age it is filled with page after page of diary entries documenting almost one hundred and twenty years of not only company history but social history as well.  

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