Old Mine Diamonds were cut and popular in 18th and 19th century and most often set into Georgian and Victorian jewelry. The notable characteristics of this cut are the open culet, small table facet, high angle Crown and Pavilion facets, thin girdles, and an irregular uneven shape. Diamond cutting tools were not as technologically advanced as they are today and the main objective of the Diamond cutter was maximum weight retention.
Nevertheless, the unique facet structure and facet alignment of these diamonds does result in a beautiful face up look that is most pleasing to the eye.
During the early 1980′s the price of Gold rose dramatically in a very short period of time and consumers cashed in by selling their Vintage and Antique diamond rings which were set with Old Mine and Old European Cut diamonds to Gold Refiners . These Antique stones were immediately recut into modern brilliant round shape diamonds.
Today, Old Mine and Old European Cut diamonds have come back in vogue and popularity and are much sought after for setting into Vintage and Antique Diamond Rings, Engagement Rings, and Customized Rings. The reduced supply of these diamonds combined with their increased popularity have resulted in price premiums.
Below, we show you two beautiful Old mine Cut diamonds: