2.59ct Old European Brilliant Cut Diamond Drop Earrings

A stunning pair of diamond earrings by Hancocks, set with two old European brilliant cut diamonds, one weighing 1.21ct and of J colour and SI1 clarity and the other weighing 1.38ct and of I colour and SI1 clarity, in antique style handmade cut-down platinum collet settings with black rhodium finish on 18ct yellow gold hoops with hinged openings.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials1.38ct I SI1 old European brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate.
1.21ct J SI1 old European brilliant cut diamond with GIA certificate.
Condition ReportNew
Setting18ct yellow gold and platinum
DimensionsEarrings 2cm long in total
Diamond drop 9.7mm in diameter
Weight6.4 grams
MakerHancocks London

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 spectral colour-flashes from inside the stone than we typically see in modern cut diamonds.


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