Ever wonder what Old Mine cut, Old European cut or Round Brillant mean while reading the descriptions of some of our pieces? Well, we are going back to the basics to give a clear understanding of frequently used terminology here at Walton's! Here's the breakdown of the three cut styles of diamonds that we most often see:
Old Mine Cut
This cutting style dates back to the early 1800's. It is the earliest form of the modern day round brillant cut diamond. The Old Mine cut features a small table (the flat part on the top of the diamond) and a steeper crown (the part angling down from the table). The culet (the point at the bottom of a diamond) is large. Because of the tools diamond cutters used at that time, the Old Mine cut diamonds may not always be perfectly round.
Old European Cut
The Old European cut dates to the turn of the century, early 1900's. Similar to the Old Mine cut, the Old European cut has a small table, steep crown, and a slightly smaller culet than the Old Mine. The Old European cut is going to look symmetrically round, more so than the Old Mine cut. Art Deco jewelry is commonly set with Old European cut diamonds.
Round Brillant Cut
The Round Brillant is today's modern round cut diamond. Produced largely since World War II, this cut is very symmetrical and proportionate. Cutters use specific percentages to determine the most appealing proportions for the diamond. Round diamond jewelry from today's retail jewelers will most likely be set with Round Brillant diamonds.
There you have it! The basic progression of the round diamond. To see more examples and to learn more, come by Walton's; we'd be happy to show you a round!