Why are Old European Cut (OEC) stones so popular?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
36 posts

I’ve actually been wondering this too.  I’d never even heard of them before I started visiting the Bee boards, though I’m not terribly versed in gemstones or cuts.  They do look very lovely in photos and I like the nice pastel glow they give, but I was really surprised at how popular they are here, given that they seem to be harder to find at jewelry stores.  

Post # 3
1464 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015


mrsgarkenzie:  I am not certain–because I dont have one, nor have I really heard about them much before this board either–but I think it is because they have a vintage feel.  A lot of bees, me included, seem to really like that style.

Post # 4
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Could just be me, but i think that with moissanite is is easier to tell the difference between a round brilliant moissanite and a round brilliant diamond. So maybe theres a lot of people who are getting OEC moissanite to make it look more like a diamond?

Something about the amount of sparkle in the RB moissanite that gives it away. i have a RB moissy and LOVE it though.

Post # 5
7627 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

OECs give off pastel chunky flashes of light as opposed to a glittery white sparkle that RB diamonds have. Maybe it comes down to sparkle factor? Also, since most OEC diamonds are antiques, I think that appeals to a lot of people as well. Now, it’s very rare to find anyone cutting OECs, since RB is the industry standard for rounds.

Also for me, everyone and their sister has a RB so I wanted something different, but still round. 

Post # 6
5664 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

mrsgarkenzie:  I think it’s because the knowledge is here. I didn’t know about OECs until I came here and now I have one (moissanite). I just LOVE the vintage-y chunky facets. LOVE.

Post # 8
2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I don’t think they’re as popular as they seem online. Same with Moissanite, it’s a case of pricescope, and weddingbee and stuff, being a place where people talk about their things. And people with unusual things, who’ve done research and want to talk about their unusual thing use places like these websites to talk about them.

You dont see many moissanites, or OEC/AV/other vintage cuts in person because they’re not popular. This is a specific cut out of the population, and these are places to talk about them, so it seems like there’s a lot

Post # 9
2892 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I didn’t know about them until last year. My grandmother gave me one of hers.

now for the ignorant part…

It’s set in yellow gold which I rarely wear. So I brought it to the jeweler to see if they could remove the diamonds so I could put them in my wedding band… The jeweler flat out refused and got very nasty about how dare I destroy such a ring…. I honestly had no clue because like many of you, I had never seen one or heard of it before. 

Post # 10
1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

This answer may vary from person to person. For me OECs hold a chunk of history. OEC diamonds  were cut by hand and therefore have a very different sparkle pattern than modern round brilliant diamonds. I took a tour of an old mine in the area and part of the tour showed how diamonds were cut by candle light and I was fascinated. OEC moissy has chunky facets that appears  softer than the glittering round brilliant cut. 

Post # 11
2591 posts
Sugar bee

For me, the appeal is the history of the cut. If you go back in time you can see the progression of cutting technology. The old european cut proceeded the transitional, which proceeded the modern day round brilliant. OECs were cut for candlelight and a lot of people find that aspect charming, romantic and more intimate than the latest advances in cutting technology. Similarly, the Old Mine Cut, which proceeded the OEC has this unique appeal as well. There is a feeling of artistry to the OMC & OEC that people get into, because the craftsmanship is so old and yet it survives. If you research different stones, you will see such a variety to the facet pattern. Some look like flower petals, other stars or snowflakes. It becomes a hypnotic addiction!

I think when Moissanite hit the gemstone world, they realized they could apply this vintage cut to the stone and get beautiful results too. There are also diamonds still cut this way by Good Old Gold (August Vintage) in which they’ve blended old school artistry with the lasted technology to get really brilliant stones. Because fine quality diamond OECs are a collector’s item and will one day not appear in the market, maybe that has to do with the frenzy over collecting that art from a day gone by.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  GemmaBella.
Post # 12
1175 posts
Bumble bee

I would say it’s as simple as the cut being pretty.  If you’ve never seen one, you probably wouldn’t know.  But for me, it looks like a flower within a stone.  Damn beautiful.  

Post # 13
4628 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

GemmaBella:  That was a really helpful explanation. Thank you 🙂

Post # 15
1838 posts
Buzzing bee

smoocheepoo:   I don’t know why the jeweler would have got nasty with you, however, is your ring in some sort of a spectacular setting? I inherited (ok, stole it from my mom’s jewelry box since she never wore it 🙂 lol) my great-great aunt’s engagement ring which is from around 1895. The stone itself  is not worth much, it is the setting that makes the ring valuable. I have attached two pictures so you can see it. i think the diamond is only about .2 ct. I wear a size 7 but the ring is a little big on me. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  2ndchance.
  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  2ndchance.
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