When you are planning to purchase an engagement ring for your loved one, you often consider the traditional diamond shapes, like the brilliant and the princess cut , the number 1 and 2 in the top 10 of popular diamond shapes set into an engagement ring respectively. But times change and so do diamond shapes. Nonetheless, we see that many people go back to before. Women love vintage. Therefore a European cut diamond is a nice alternative, even though it is not easy to purchase an engagement ring with this antique shape. We take a closer look at this diamond shape.


The European cut is a way of cutting dating from before modern technology had an influence on the current diamond shapes. It is derived from the old mine cut and a refinement of the cushion cut. This diamond shape is round, but can be oval as well. The European cut was very popular in the late 19th century and the early 20th century. If you want to buy an engagement ring with a European cut, you may be able to find something at an antique dealer, even though the supply will be rather limited. You should also know this diamond shape looks quite dull. It is an appearance you have to be a fan of. Moreover, antique dealers will sell these rings at heavily inflated prices?

European cut vs. current diamond shapes

It is not that simple to purchase an engagement ring with a European cut diamond. They have usually been repolished into a current diamond shape which sparkles more. As mentioned before, the European cut is not known for its brilliance after all.  Because of their distinct shape, European cut diamonds have a higher carat weight than their modern day counterparts. As an alternative for this diamond shape, we recommend a brilliant or oval cut diamond. These have a more pronounced sparkle and nowadays, that is one of the most important criteria when purchasing an engagement ring.

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