Help! I'm nervous about this OMC ring!

posted 1 month ago in Rings
Post # 19
4228 posts
Honey bee

blasian84 :  Mine is a true antique. I got it from Jewels by Grace. The OMC was the most popular cut for the 18th and 19th  century. The 20th century saw the rise of Marcel Tolkowsky and his ideal cut (round brilliant). Many OMC stones were hand cut whereas today’s cuts are by machine. The OMC is supposed to be cut to sparkle best in candlelight.

Post # 21
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

blasian84 :  I’m not trying to start a fight, and I honestly wish you well. What I was responding to was you saying that your husband is having an OMC ring made, you don’t know anything about the OMC cut, and you’re not sure if you’ll like this (making it sound like you haven’t decided), but that you are afraid to look it up in case it looks bad. My thinking was that the likelihood is that you’ll be able to change the stone if you figure out that you don’t like it if you act fast, assuming there is a return policy, so not wanting to figure out if you like it or not makes no sense. Even if you couldn’t return it–might as well familiarize yourself with what you’re getting. Waiting and being nervous isn’t going to make anything better.

I’m sorry that you’ve experienced a roller coaster ride in your marriage, but take heart that that happens to most people because life is unpredictable and comes at everyone in different ways. Lord knows my marriage has been a roller coaster ride too. Hopefully y’all are on a better path now, and I’m sure that your husband wants to signify this with such a nice present to treat you.

I also get that sometimes people need reassurance–that is totally normal. But a million people can love something and that doesn’t mean you have to. I, myself, like old cuts, but not everyone does. It’s such a personal preference what cut of diamond someone likes or doesn’t like. You need to decide for yourself if you like it or not. Also, it depends on the diamond itself, since there can be a lot of variance in cut, so hopefully you can see the actual diamond and decide if that is the one for you. I know you said you’d wear anything your husband gave you, but at the same time it’s normal to have preferences (which you also seem to have), and I fully support women having a say in such an expensive present.

In general, the Old Mine Cut is the precursor to the modern cushion cut, just like the Old European Cut is the precursor to the modern round brilliant cut. My understanding is that the modern cuts are cut more for brilliance these days (and will therefore look more blingy), whereas the old/antique cuts were cut more to optimize color at a time when there were fewer diamonds on the market (since some of the diamond mines had not yet been discovered). There is still sparkle and fire in the old cuts, but it tends to be more subtle than in the modern cuts. They also have chunkier facets, which I love, but depends on your preference. I hope that makes sense.

If you want to see a comparison between the old/antique mine cut and modern cushion cut, GOG did one here:

If you want to read more about the OMC:

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