0.65ct Old European Cut Diamond and 22ct Yellow Gold ‘Donut’ Earrings

A beautiful pair of old cut diamond and yellow gold earrings by Hancocks. Each earring set with an old European brilliant cut diamond weighing 0.65cts combined, both are bezel set within a rounded ‘donut’-style setting in satin finished 22ct yellow gold to 18ct yellow gold post and butterfly fittings.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials2 x old European brilliant cut G/H VS grade diamonds weighing 0.65cts total
Condition ReportNew
Setting22ct yellow gold with 18ct yellow gold posts, maker's marks and London assay marks
DimensionsHead 9mm in diameter
Weight6 grams

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.


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