1.56ct Fancy Orange-Brown Old Mine Cushion Cut Diamond Gypsy Ring

A fancy colour diamond and gold gypsy ring by Hancocks, set flush to the centre with a bright and lively old mine cushion cut diamond weighing 1.56ct and of Fancy Orange Brown colour and VS1 clarity within a tactile 22ct yellow gold tapering band with satin finish.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials1.56ct Fancy Orange Brown VS1 old mine brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate.
Condition ReportNew
Setting22ct yellow gold with maker's mark and London assay marks
Weight description12 grams
DimensionsUK finger size S, US size 9

Directors Notes

Old mine brilliants or old miners are either square or rectangular cushion shaped diamonds with clearly rounded corners and sides.  The style developed after the discovery of diamonds in Brazil in about 1725 which facilitated experiments in cutting due to the large increase in available stones.  Eager as ever to retain as much weight as possible, cutters still followed the shape of the rough crystals but now corners became more rounded and the number of facets increased.  The discovery of diamonds in South Africa during the late 1860’s coincided with revolutionised mechanical cutting methods. This saw the fashion for new round cut diamonds replace these cushion shaped stones which then became known as ‘old mine’ diamonds. Today the name old mine brilliant still describes a cushion shaped diamond with a small table facet, high crown and polished culet. These features allow old mine cuts to have a huge amount of fire and life, even in dimly-lit environments.


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