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Antique diamond engagement ring set with mine cut diamonds

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Antique diamond engagement ring set with mine cut diamonds

The cluster ring is now sometimes also called a halo ring. This design is also very popular for engagement rings, and there is nothing like a genuine antique diamond engagement ring that has been hand made over 100 years ago sitting on your finger.

This antique diamond engagement ring was hand made in 18 carat yellow gold and is set with antique mine cut diamonds. The mine cut diamond was first cut at the start of the 18th century, and was a great leap forward with the “invention” of this new fifty eight facetted diamond. At the time, these were the closest resemblance to today’s brilliant cut, and are referred to as old mine cuts, or old miners. These were cut often squarish or cushion shaped, with quite a steep angle on the crown and pavilion, to maximise weight retention. While weight was kept to a maximum, they often lacked a lot of internal fire and “brilliance”. As well as these features, the “old miners” often had quite a large culet or “collet”, the horizontal base formed by the blunting of a point when the stone is cut as a brilliant. Today modern versions of the antique mine cut diamond as well as the European cut diamond and rose cut diamond are all being cut in the diamond cutting houses in Europe and India, showing just how popular these antique diamond cuts are.

The designs of many antique engagement rings that were created over 100 years ago have remained so popular up to today and although the styles may be copied by casting it in a CAD design, there will always be something much more unique and special about an engagement ring that has been hand made compared to one that has been mass produced by a computer.

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