3.20ct Old European Cut Diamond Stud Earrings in Platinum

A pair of old cut diamond and platinum ear studs by Hancocks. Each earring is set with an old European cut diamond, one weighing 1.61ct and the other 1.59ct, both claw set in platinum with post and butterfly fittings.

Further Details

Gemstones and Other Materials1.61ct K VS2 Old European cut diamond - with GIA certificate
1.59ct K SI1 Old European cut diamond - with GIA certificate
Condition ReportNew
DimensionsStud diameter: 7.6mm

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 facet, 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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