Today, when it comes to diamonds, everyone knows all about its many different shapes and sizes. From marquise cut diamonds to heart cut ones, there’s enough and more for you to choose from. But apart from the more contemporary forms, there also exist a variety of cuts that can only be classified as ‘vintage’ or ‘antique’ cuts. In today’s world, these kinds of diamonds are becoming increasingly popular, too!

Years and years ago, diamond cutters employed methods that are far more different from the ones used today, to give diamonds their shape. The use of these age-old techniques meant that these stones exuded more fire and lustre. It was this magnificent glow that people grew to love. Such antique cut diamonds gave off an air of romance and seemed to be steeped in an old-world charm. With time, diamond cutters have begun to go back to these ancient techniques. In today’s times, these antique cuts are highly in vogue, coveted by people the world over. They can be summed up as symbols of luxury and what’s better, they even have good returns.

There are five different antique cuts that you will find today. They are:

The Single Cut

The history of single cut diamonds can be traced back to the 1300s. Diamonds that are cut using this method tend to have large tables and octagonal girdles and generally have 18 facets. The bottom edge of the diamond, which is known as the culet, can either be pointed or even flat.

As a rule single cut diamonds have only 16 to 18 facets.

The Rose Cut

As its name suggests, rose cut diamonds resemble the shape of a rose bud. They can boast anything from three to 24 facets and are diamonds that are enjoying some space in the spotlight again, especially when it comes to bridal jewels. Such diamonds have a dome-shaped top, while the bottom is flat. Interestingly enough, this diamond cut can be traced back to the Victorian and Georgian eras.

Rose cut ring

The Old Mine Cut

Often, these cuts are said to be similar to today’s cushion cuts. Think gently rounded corners and a nearly square-shaped girdle. They feature a high crown, a small table and a culet that is flat but large. This cut too, can be traced back to the Georgian and Victoria age, going as far back as the 1700s.

Old mine cut (left) vs cushion diamond (right)

The Old European Cut

From the 1890s to the 1930s, these cuts were handcrafted with precision. Those that were cut before the 1890s were termed the ‘old mine cuts’, while those created after 1935 were called ‘modern round brilliant diamonds’. These diamonds feature as many as 58 facets. They also have a high crown, small table and a large but flat culet. 

Old Mine Cut (left), Old European Cut (center) and Modern Round Brilliant Diamond (right) 

The Modern Round Brilliant Cut

Think of this method as the most popular one when it comes to cutting diamonds. Why? Because these cuts have an innate ability to maximize fire and brilliance! During the beginnings of the 1900s, diamond cutters began to be more open to the idea of trying out new techniques. As a result of their efforts, in 1919, the round brilliant cut was born. It actually rose up in popularity during the Retro and the Art Deco eras. When it comes to their shape and their composition, round brilliant cuts are similar to the old European cut in that they also have a circular girdle and 58 facets. But, these diamond cuts come without culets. 

With the passage of time, antique cut diamonds have become the go-to choice for even the most discerning buyers and sellers. Their larger faceting and beautiful glow are what make them truly timeless. Better still, antique or vintage cuts are warmer in colour and environmentally conscious, too. So, if you happen to be a loyal fan of all things vintage, you know what to do!