1.44ct Old European Cut Diamond and 22ct Yellow Gold ‘Donut’ Earrings

A pair of old cut diamond and yellow gold ‘donut’ stud earrings by Hancocks. Each earring is set with an old European brilliant cut diamond each weighing 0.72ct, both are bezel set within a rounded ‘donut’-style 22ct yellow gold setting with a satin finish, to post and butterfly fittings.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials0.72ct I VS1 Old European cut diamond - with GIA certificate
0.72 I SI2 Old European cut diamond - with GIA certificate
Condition ReportNew
Setting22ct yellow gold
DimensionsStud diameter: 10.7mm
Weight9.3 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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