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Mine cut diamond engagement ring

There is nothing like the charm and character of antique cut diamonds, and especially in recent years this has become so true for antique mine cut diamonds as are set into this gorgeous antique ring dating from the 1870's.

Hand made in 18 carat yellow gold, the antique mine cut diamonds are also affectionately known as "cushion cut diamonds" thanks to their somewhat squarish shape resembling a cushion, and these diamonds have all the charm and character of a bygone era.

The diamond in the centre measures 0.75 carats, and the other four come together to total an additional 1.22 carats, and graduate so perfectly down in size.

Measuring 19.2mm across by 7.2mm wide at the centre, this ring sits so well on the finger and will so easily suit any finger especially making a very wonderful and unique engagement ring.


Stock# ET818

Circa: 1870



Mine cut diamond engagement ring

Mine cut diamond engagement ring made in the Victorian era in the 1870's. This antique diamond ring is set with five genuine antique mine cut diamonds.


What are mine cut diamonds?

At the start of the 18th century, a great leap forward emerged with the “invention” of the new 58-facetted diamond. At the time, these were the closest resemblance to today’s brilliant cut diamond. These are referred to as old mine cut diamonds, or “old miners” as well as “cushion cut diamonds” . These were cut often squarish or cushion shaped, with quite a steep angle on the crown and pavilion. This was to maximise weight retention in the diamond. 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.


What is a European cut diamond?

During the mid 19th century, the old European cut came into focus, and was an attempt to change the old mine cut stones into a more perfect round cut. These stones can be considered as the first true round brilliant cut diamonds. The facets from the old miners were kept in their same position, but changed shape to a more round and evenly shaped stone.

The culets became smaller, as it was realised that light could leak out from this point in the stone. The development of the modern brilliant cut occurred in the early part of the 20thcentury with further modifications through the century. Diamond cutters apply the brilliant cut to other shapes, and this very exacting skill continues to enthrall craftsman and enthusiasts alike.


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