Old European cuts VS Round Brillant

posted 9 months ago in Rings
Post # 16
Member
2499 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I say OEC.

I’m not even a fan of rounds but have recently fallen in love with antique cuts and am looking at AVRs myself.

Post # 17
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573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I would definitely go with an OEC. There is nothing like those chunky facets! Here’s mine. It’s a 1.95 N color. It faces up pretty white but you can definitely see the warmth in certain lights. There’s something very romantic about them to me. 

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Post # 18
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290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

I have an Canera antique style cushion and it is simply gorgeous.  It is cut to ideal proportions for maximum light return.  August Vintage is another resource and they do lots of the old cuts.  My stone is super sparkly but it is different than a Round Brilliant.  People look at my ring and seem to linger longer on it because it is not like every other ring out there.  Which isn’t to say there is anything wrong with a round because I think they are beautiful as well, they are just more common.  I think it would help if you could look at them side by side and see what speaks to you. 

Post # 23
Hostess
9633 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

I loooove OECs. Mine has a ton of fire! It actually rivals my moissanite. 

Post # 24
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290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

Yeah I get it. I actually had not seen an antique cushion in person, but spent a lot of time on pricescope and here on the bee and really liked the look. I did look at brilliant cushions in the store to get a feel for the shape, but really felt strongly about the antique faceting. It’s a big decision though and I understand wanting to be happy with it!  Another thought is you or your boyfriend could order a stone to look at it and then return it within the return period if you aren’t in love with it. dancingfirefly :  

Post # 27
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Newbee

Get an OEC, you will not regret it. I had this same debate and looked at over 100 (not kidding) round brilliants before discovering Old Europeans. It was a perfect combo of the classic round look I wanted but with a little extra uniqueness.  I chose to set a 3 ct OEC in a six prong platinum solitaire. But for comparison’s sake

Round Brilliant:

-can get away with lower clarity (maybe even a good SI2) but need decent color grading.

-much sparklier even at smaller sizes!

-no bad setting choices here. even if you tire of the setting it’s easily reset into a three stone, halo etc.

-Blue Nile, Tiffany and many other shops will let you upgrade RBs for the value you paid later in life. May take more effort to sell an OEC

 

Old Euro:

-Faces up 3-4 grades whiter, even a K-L-M would look creamy and lovely in platinum

-they really all look diff, you must see the stone in video or person

-make peace with less than excellent polish or fluorescence, you’re not seeking perfection here but individual charm. I prioritized symmetrical facets, top down clarity and size bcus..

-the blocky facets are beauuuuutiful but sadly not as stunning or distinctive on a smaller stone

-limited settings. Some may differ but to me it’s definitely a cut with character and looks odd in very modern settings/pairing. I’m not a fan of Victor Canera’s trendy settings with old stones but other ppl love him. For a more vintage look check out Victor Barbone for ring inspo and Old World Diamonds for your stone.

Good luck bee! 

Post # 28
Hostess
9633 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

dancingfirefly :  Center stone is a 1.15ct K Si1 VG cut from late 1800s/early 1900s, purchased from Ivy & Rose out of Chicago. The stones in the halo are J in color. Not sure on total carat weight.

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