Old European cuts VS Round Brillant

posted 8 months ago in Rings
Post # 31
6394 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m an OEC fan. I’m not sure if it was discussed, but your original pros/cons are not correct. Round brilliants are cut for white light return. OECs and old cuts are cut for more fire. The high crown returns more coloured light vs white light. OECs also face-up smaller because of the deeper cut.

One of the reasons why I prefer natural diamonds over simulants/lab diamonds is also why I prefer OECs. They are so unique, and not only did they take a million years to make, they were also cut 100 years ago and lived a whole life before me. Of course you can find truly beautiful newly cut OECs, but the antiques are totally my favourite because of that! 

Post # 33
2402 posts
Buzzing bee

Team OEC, here.  (And as jellybellynelly pointed out, OECs are cut for fire,. MRBs are cut for brilliance.)

It can take a bit of effort to find a well cut OEC, but the hunt is fun and rewarding.  Check Love Affair Diamonds & Jewels By Grace online to drool over all the lovely photos and videos and start getting an idea of what kind of facet pattern makes your heart sing.    

I just think it’s really special to wear a little piece of history.  (I’m actually partial to old mine cuts but they seem to be a bit more of a niche taste even among the antique jewelry lovers.)

Post # 35
148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Transitional cut is also an option.  It still has the old charm and character,  but is closer to a Round Brilliant. The facets aren’t so big and chunky, it’s a ton of smaller facets.

Post # 36
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2005 - A Castle

Check out Old World Diamonds too. They have a larger inventory of old cuts. 

Post # 37
6212 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Another vote for Jewels by Grace! If you don’t see something on her site that’s perfect, contact her and she can try to source it for you! I got my antique cushion from her. Similar to OECs. I lovelove love it. dancingfirefly :  

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