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Guide to Old Cut Diamonds

Old cut diamonds have a classic, romantic appeal that make them particularly desirable in the market. As with any diamond purchase, it’s important to understand the value and quality of these stones before making a purchase. This guide provides an overview of old cut diamonds and explains their key characteristics, history, care advice and more.

History of old cut diamonds

The old cut diamond is a popular and timeless gemstone that has been around for centuries. It has a unique yet simple shape, which has endured the test of time and continues to be a popular choice among jewellery lovers. The history of these diamonds’ history goes as far back as the Middle Ages, with its earliest known use being in 14th century Europe.

Old cut diamonds have been used in jewellery since ancient times and were once only available to royalty and society’s elite. The earliest form was called ‘point-cut’ diamonds because they were shaped into points at the top. With advances in technology over the years, these stones were given more recognisable shapes such as ovals, cushions, or heart shapes. In addition to their beauty and durability, old cut diamonds are also highly sought after because they bring an air of sophistication to any design they are part of, such as in classic engagement rings.

Shape, colour, and clarity of old cut diamonds

Old cut diamonds are a special type of diamond that is often sought after by antique jewellery lovers and collectors. They were cut before the invention of modern diamond cutting techniques, which means they have unique shapes and fewer facets than modern diamonds.

Old cut diamonds come in a variety of shapes, but the most popular cuts are round, square or cushion shaped. Depending on their shape, old cut diamonds will appear differently to the naked eye and can range from being bright white to light yellow – this variation in colour is caused by impurities found within the stone. Clarity also varies depending on any natural inclusion present within the diamond due to its age. Generally speaking, these stones will have lower clarity ratings than new cut diamonds, but many still possess excellent brilliance and sparkle when viewed up close.

How to care for old cut diamonds

Firstly, it’s important to regularly clean the diamond using warm water and a mild detergent like dish soap or a jewellery cleaning solution. Gently scrub the stone with a soft brush before rinsing off any residue from the surface of the gemstone. After this process has been completed you can use a soft cloth to buff away any remaining dirt or debris. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner as this could cause damage to your delicate piece of jewellery. You should keep your any jewellery featuring an old cut diamond in a jewellery box with a soft interior, separated from other jewellery pieces which could damage the ring.

Old cut diamonds at Gatsby Jewellery

Gatsby Jewellery are pleased to offer a wide range of different rings featuring beautiful old cut diamonds. The Art Deco period saw a particular boom in the popularity of old cut diamonds, and we offer plenty of pieces from this era here.

Amongst these pieces are this Art Deco 2.74 carat old cut diamond engagement ring, crafted using an incredible central old cut diamond, set amongst several stunning eight cut diamonds. Also within our collection is this mesmerising Art Deco 1.08 carat old cut diamond trilogy ring, which features three enchanting old cut diamonds set within a fine platinum band – created in around 1935, this is truly an engagement ring unlike any other.