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Have you ever heard of the European cut in gemstones? The so-called European cut is an old type of cut and dates way back to the period before modern cut techniques made their mark on the diamond cuts we know today. With the increasing popularity of vintage jewellery, the European cut is becoming more and more common. An excellent choice. That's why we would like to go over all the facets of the European cut with you.
- What characterizes the European cut?
- The evolution of the European cut
- The difference between a brilliant and the European cut
- The cost of a European cut diamond
- What are the other diamond cuts?
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A diamond can have impeccable brightness and be graded as totally colourless, but if it is not well cut, that will not be reflected. Because of this imperfection, over the years numerous European cut diamonds were re-cut using modern techniques before they were set. A European cut diamond is therefore a little more difficult to find. The shape does offer a particularly romantic shimmer in a solitary ring.
The brilliant focuses mainly on clarity and brilliance. The European cut, on the other hand, accentuates colour and purity.
In the 1920s, Marcel Tolkowsky developed the European cut further into the brilliant cut that quickly became more popular.
- The modern brilliant especially emphasizes the brilliance and brightness of the diamond. This is not the case with the European cut.
- In the heyday of the European cut, cutters had fewer rough diamonds to work with, and those were often of lower purity and quality than the current ones. Diamond dealers tried to remedy this by cutting the diamond in such a way that colour and purity were emphasized. The unique facet structure brought out the best in each stone.
- Diamonds in the old European cut actually absorbed the light, while brilliants, thanks to more modern cutting techniques, mostly reflect the light.
In addition, the oval cut was also created after the brilliant cut, which also bears similarities to the European cut.
Are you looking for an original jewel with a European cut diamond? Our experts at BAUNAT would love to meet your wishes and design your custom jewel with a diamond of your choice.