0.85ct Old European Cut Diamond Drop ‘Donut’ Earrings

A pair of old cut diamond and yellow gold drop earrings by Hancocks. The earrings are set with old European brilliant cut diamonds weighing 0.85ct combined, both are bezel set within a rounded ‘donut’-style setting in polished 18ct yellow gold with a solid spherical reverse. They are hanging on small hoop earrings in 18ct yellow gold with hinged openings.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials2 x old European cut diamonds. 0.85ct total, estimated H/I colour
Condition ReportNew
Setting18ct yellow gold with maker's marks and London assay marks
DimensionsHoop length: 1.1cm/0.4 inch
Drop diameter: 0.8cm/0.3 inch
Total length : 2cm/0.8 inch
Weight5.5 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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