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

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
536 posts
Busy bee

I got my first OEC diamond a couple years ago from a pawn shop not knowing it was an OEC. I couldn’t figure out why it looked so damned pretty compared to RB’s! Then when I heard about OEC’s when researching vintage rings, I had my jeweler confirm and that’s what it was! Ever since then, I was HOOKED! I then got a larger OEC diamond because I saw it sitting all alone at a(nother) pawn shop.

I love the 4 C’s of OEC’s: Cut, Color, Chunk(y), and Culet 🙂 I think there was a Bee who said recently that you can’t really notice a difference between and OEC and a Round Brilliant if they are smaller than a carat, I’m sorry, but you can. 

Last week I got an OEC moissy, because I love them so much! Just another to add to my collection. I don’t think I will ever go Round Brilliant again (unless it’s a side stone or melee…or a free one that sparkles) 🙂

Post # 17
2807 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

2ndchance:  That’s a really pretty ring. You are right though, it is all about the setting. I think the jewler was more angry  that I wanted to destroy the craftsmanship of the ring for a few silly diamonds.

Post # 18
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015


My ring has an OEC or an OMC depending on which jeweler I talk to–but its an heirloom that has been part of my family for like 150 years. So part of it certainly is the history. But the thing I love is the flash vs the sparkle or glitter. I think that the flashes of light are more eye catching than the general glitteryness of Round Brilliants. Think of it like christmas lights vs a flashlight. It’s all personal preference. I just think that the big flashes are more my style. Another way to think about it is some people like the look of halos or pave diamonds because it looks like icing or it glitters more…some people don’t like that look as much. 


  • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  cvaldes13.
Post # 19
4943 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t have one, but I think the cut is beautiful.

Post # 20
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Hmm…  makes me wonder if mine is an OEC?  It’s a diamond that belonged to my grandmother.  It was in a pendant on a necklace I had and I purchased a setting seperately and had the diamond set into that ring.  I don’t know much about the diamond itself, actually!  They guesstimated it was a half carat, but I dont know the clarity or color @[email protected]

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Post # 21
5188 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

mrsgarkenzie:  I have an OEC because my ring was made before the round brilliant was invented.

Post # 22
11746 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have an OEC in an heirloom ring and it is completely gorgeous. it sparkles constantly. I have several other shapes of diamonds and none of them come close to the OEC in light reflection. It is breath-taking. 

Post # 24
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

it just seems like a chunkier sparkle. lol that’s how i describe it. and the vintage charm.

Post # 25
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I honestly am not impressed with most of the OEC/OMC diamonds I have seen. Most have poor optics, as diamond cutting and the art of harnessing the optical properties of diamonds have come a long way. It wasn’t until I came across the August Vintage European Cut that I came to adore the look of chunkier facets. The AVEC is a modern take on the OEC. The optics are killer, and those pastel flashes are beautiful! My dream is to own a gigantic AVEC Round Brilliant. Lol


Post # 26
2659 posts
Sugar bee

For me it’s the history. I have one 1.10 OEC in a target ring surrounded by sapphires. The other is a  1.22 solitaire set in platinum.   Knowing I own something with a history gives me pleasure. Modern cuts are easy to get, the OECs and OMCs are getting harder to find. Also, they are generally warmer than modern cuts.

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