1.70ct Old European Brilliant Cut Diamond Earrings in 18ct Gold

A classic pair of old cut diamond ear studs by Hancocks, each earring set with an old European brilliant cut diamond, one weighing 0.82ct and of I colour and I2 clarity and the other 0.88ct and of H colour and SI2 clarity, claw set in 18ct yellow gold with post and butterfly fittings.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials0.88ct H SI2 old European brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate
0.82ct I I2 old European brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate
Condition ReportNew
Setting18ct yellow gold with maker's mark and London assay marks
DimensionsHead 7mm in diameter

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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