Old European cuts VS Round Brillant

posted 4 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

I love OECs but I ended up going with a round brilliant because my diamond is small and I wanted to maximize my sparkles. If I had disposable income, I would love a big ass OEC diamond solitaire, like 3-4 carats. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I do think that a bigger size in an OEC does the diamond more justice. When my SO and I talked about ring design, we looked at the Round B and OEC. I want a warm diamond (M/N-ish), which allows us to go bigger. A large OEC has so much personality; you just have to search for one with a cut to your preference. The Round B has a totally different sparkle. It’s more scintillating, but less variable, and that variability in different lighting and at different angles is a big reason why I love the OEC. 

Post # 5
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963 posts
Busy bee

dancingfirefly :  I was looking at some of the loose OEC’s on Ivy & Rose yesterday.  Most of them come with cert’s and are more affordable then many other places I have seen.  There are so many ways to bring out the beauty in a smaller OEC by adding a vintage halo, target or cluster setting. They have some really nice examples on their page….

Post # 6
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334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Personally I’d go OEC over Ring Bearer any day Xx

Post # 8
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Helper bee

dancingfirefly :  

I’m on team OEC & would tell you that a well cut OEC can have phenomenal fire… take a peak at this (no filter, approx .64 ct centre stone) :

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

OEC all the way! I would say it’s hard to pick the right kozibe pattern because depending on what you like-may be harder to find or more expensive, which makes the hunt more frustrating but also exciting..happy hunting!  πŸ˜Š

Post # 11
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Helper bee

dancingfirefly :   it does take a little longer, but you will be rewarded by looking ‘off the beaten path’ – try estate sales, pawn shops and antique malls. You may be pleasantly surprised at the value you can find – the ring I posted in this thread came from a local pawnshop and if memory serves was ~$1k. You can negotiate too when you aren’t buying from a big box store πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Helper bee

dancingfirefly :  

craigslist, estatesales.com and scouring local listings is usually your best bet. Consider buying a loupe on eBay too – it’s nice to be able to really examine stones and settings! If you are friendly with the local shops and tell you what you are looking for and your budget, they may be willing to take your contact information & call you if a potential candidate becomes available too.

if you do decide to buy a piece, it’s smart to ask about the return policy (you may want to have it appraised independently). 

Good luck & have fun!!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

If you go with a round diamond will have a more perfect cookie cutter feel it will probably be more sparkley but it’s also very common. Antique diamond can still be sparkly depends on the stone but there’s a uniqueness to them. You don’t see them everywhere. It’s just kind of your preference. 

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