- Each diamond is completely unique
- As they were cut by hand, they have much more character and individuality
- Ethical - they already exist, no need to mine a new one!
- Because they don't adhere to the industry standard of four C's* they are less expensive
*Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat
How different are vintage diamonds from modern diamonds?
Well, that depends on the stone. Some vintage diamonds look quite similar to brilliant cut diamonds. You might not even notice the difference if you don't look at stones as much as we do! Whereas others are very organic and really stand apart from their 'perfect' counterparts.
Modern brilliant cut diamonds are cut at very precise angles to maximise sparkle. Today they are cut by machines but back in the day all stones were cut by hand. So, the same precision just wasn't possible. As these old cut stones were polished hundreds of years ago, they were shaped to reflect candle light of a bygone era. No two are the same, making them a perfect pairing for our sandcast rings.
Our vintage diamonds fall into two categories:
Old Mine Cut Diamond
Old European Cut Diamond
Old Mine Cut Diamond quarter view
Old European Cut Diamond quarter view
Old Mine Cut Diamond side view
Old European Cut Diamond side view
Mine cut (miner’s cut) diamonds were cut following the natural octahedral shape of diamond crystals; Often with the objective of keeping as much of the stone intact as possible. They are most characterised by their organic cushion shape. But there are rounder versions too. These are beautifully organic stones, they are quite deep and feel as if they have just emerged from the earth. Such diamonds are perfect if you are looking for a diamond with a bit more character.
get in touch if you are looking for something particular. We're always happy to help.