Old Cuts for Modern Hands - Antique Diamond Cuts on Today’s Rings

Diamond engagement rings and wedding bands have been worn for centuries. Designs come and go, and new cuts appear. There’s an appeal to state-of-the-art-diamonds with unique shape or light qualities. Transforming older cuts into something unusual with the right aesthetic is also attractive. 

Cushion cut diamonds are the older cousin of the round brilliant cut diamond. The shape is square with rounded edges, resembling a pillow. There are no hard and fast rules for cushion cuts, leading to a range of visual possibilities. Brilliance and sparkle patterns can vary, becoming as bright or subdued as the wearer desires.

Oval diamonds date well into the Middle Ages. The first known oval diamond, the Koh-I-Noor, was initially recorded in 1304. With developments in technology, the shape’s brightness has improved. Oval fancy brilliants try to keep within a certain depth range for optimal light. 

Marquise cut diamonds premiered in the mid-1700s. It’s also known as the navette, or “little boat,” due to its unusual shape. As a slim oval with pointed ends, this outline is unique among gems. When looking for a marquise cut diamond, pay careful attention to symmetry.

Emerald cut diamonds are step cut jewels. It’s a rectangular cut with beveled corners and nested facets. Rather than displaying brilliance, they underscore color and clarity. With a strong polish, the cut also showcases the stone’s surface gleam.

Baguette diamonds are tiny step cut rectangles. The cut may have come about as the result of cleaving a diamond to a fraction of its size. They’re often used as accents in diamond engagement rings for women. Other bands, such as eternity bands, use sets of baguettes for a sleek geometric cut.

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