2.44ct Old European Cut Diamond ‘Eclipse’ Drop Earrings in Platinum

A pair of old cut diamond, platinum and black rhodium drop ‘Eclipse’ earrings by Hancocks. The earrings are set with old European cut diamonds, one weighing 1.13cts and the other of 1.31cts. The diamonds are bezel set in platinum with a black rhodium finish and encircled with a row of inverted round brilliant cut diamonds, suspended from articulated platinum earring hooks.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials1.13ct N SI2 old European brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate
1.31ct M VS1 old European brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate
36 round brilliant cut diamonds around the circumference
Condition ReportNew
SettingPlatinum with maker's marks and London assay marks and black rhodium finish
DimensionsLength: 1.9cm/0.7 inch
Diamond drop diameter: 1cm/0.3 inch
Weight5.5 grams

Directors Notes

The old European brilliant cut is the forefather of today’s 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 fire (the coloured flashes of light you see in a diamond) from inside the stone than we typically see in modern cut diamonds. During the 1900s and 1910s the profile of these old European cut stones slowly starts to flatten out and later stones lose the depth of the older stones.


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