(Closed) Please educate me bees!! August Vintage cushions: Are they worth the hype?

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Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I think they’re gorgeous! But super pricey. @2ndchance just got one secondhand from JBG and that’s probably the best route to go if you want to snag one.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I think AVCs are beautiful, and as far as optics go, they are perfect.  I used to want one badly.  But then my love of antique cushions took a turn and I fell in love with the history and charm that a true antique diamond has.  So, if you wanta “perfect” antique look a like, they are a great option.  But I would also look at LM’s, Victor Canera’s, and Schubach’s antique cushions.  They all offer a newly cut antique cushion  (that look super simialr to each other) and prices will vary.  However, if you are looking for the “perfect for you diamond” and want that chunky cut, high crown, and small table go for an actual antique!  They are cheaper, a piece of history, one of a kind, and if/when you find the right stone, they can be a sparkle bomb.  You can also find ones that face up large for ct weight.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

Sukii:  I stalked AVC’s online for about a year and a half before I got to see them in person.  They are definitely the most beautiful cushion cut I’ve ever seen-actually the most beautiful diamond. But, I really became obsessed and decided it was the only kind I wanted. I’m sure with diligent searching you could find a cheaper alternative that is just as beautiful. Royal chandelier cushions by Brilliantly engaged and Canera Antique cushions are similar and slightly less expensive. I feel lucky to have found mine 2nd hand. The ring cost less than what the diamond would have alone 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

They are different from modern cushions so I really don’t think it is a fair comparison at all, you can’t buy one expecting or wanting the other. They “sparkle” differently and I really, really think you need to see one in person to decide if it is right for you. I have seen people love, love them online in photos and videos and in person realized, it was not for them after all.

For me, old cuts (whether true or modern) with the chunkier facets are more for the wearer up close, than the person across the room, it is hard to explain until you get to see various cushions in person. I don’t think they cracked a code, they just took into consideration different goals – chunkier facets of old cuts with great optics. Other cushions out there are cut more maximize face up (see Daussi cushions, for example). Modern cushions are cut again with different things in mind – most modern cushions have a lot of “sparkle” because of the faceting.

Anyway, they are a very nice option for those looking for an antique cut WITH more refined optics or who are specifically looking for a higher colour, etc as GOG will custom cut. Ditto for AVRs. I think they are lovely, and 2ndchance’s new to her AVC is lovely. Like true antique cuts, I prefer them in lower colours and 2ndchances K is perfect.

But…my heart belongs to actual true antique cuts. They might not be as perfect, but that is exactly what I love about them.  I have an antique cushion, and would not trade it for an AVC because it just would not have the history and charm that I love about antique cuts, or my own cushion. I won’t say I would never own a “modern antique” cut, if the price was right on the secondhand market maybe I would,  but they just don’t have the same draw for me, especially to buy new. But that is also exactly why others love them – they are an old cut perfected.

So to answer, I would choose an AVC over a modern brilliant cushion, as I am not drawn to modern cushions, but I would choose an actual antique cushion/OMC over an AVR. And I prefer lower colours for old cuts (even modern “old” cuts) and am happy with eye clean ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

jcent:  what is “lm” short for?

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

sequinhat:  I imagine she is referring to Leon Mege.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

RayKay:  aw thanks.  I love my K too!!! L was too warm but this K is perfect!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

Here’s my AVC K SI2 1.16 ct. Size 7 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

sequinhat:  RayKay:  Yes, thanks.  ๐Ÿ™‚  Leon Mege.

And I agree with everything RayKay said.  There are lots of reasons to buy a AVC but face up size is not one of them.  And there are lots of cushions out there… so to know what you love you need to see them and compare them.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard

Sukii:  thanks-me too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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