Post # 1
I was at the mall yesterday and decided to go in to Kay Jewelers. I asked the salesperson about OEC. She said that thats a cut that is no longer done. It was replaced by round. That isnt true is it? I know very little about jewelry but I really dont think that could be true. Right?
Post # 3
OECs aren’t typically cut anymore. They were “replaced” by modern round brilliants, and a lot of MRBs you see today were recut from OECs. If you want one, you can’t go to Kay. Good Old Gold makes a branded OEC cut that has ideal light performance, the August Vintage Rounds (AVR). Those are cut new and are only available through them. Other than that, you’d be looking at vintage stones through someone like Old World Diamonds or Jewels by Erica Grace.
Post # 4
Yes it is true. OEC stands for “old English cut”. If you are looking for this cutl of stone you will have to buy it second hand. Jewels By Erica Grace has some beautiful ones. Have you seen one? They are diffinatelyn cut different. I personally love the cut.
Post # 5
Some mom and pop family owned stores still use this cut. They have a cutter on staff or on call to do so. Corporate stores send stones away and often times don’t offer anything but what’s in the mainstream.
Post # 6
There are some cutters making them again for some sellers, but typically, yes, OEC was replaced by the “better” light performance of round brilliants. But because there are more people actually wanting antique cuts, some vendors are cutting new stones into vintage-style cuts again. Like PPs have said, you won’t find those stones at Kay. You can find the newer antique cuts at Good Old Gold, otherwise the original cuts are still available through vintage jewelery sellers. Like someone else mentioned, many of the original OECs were recut into RBs because the light performance was so much better. When RBs were introduced, that’s all anyone wanted. But time has brought back an appreciation for vintage cuts, and they are experiencing a surge in popularity right now.