Antique Diamonds

The most popular gemstone in antique estate jewelry is by far the diamond. Thought to have origins in India, its exportation and use over the years reflects much of Western technology, economy and lifestyles. It has been prized for purported magical qualities and for its simple yet fascinating ability to reflect and refract light.

Today, antique estate diamond rings are highly collectible and highly desirable by modern brides and grooms. Their unique characters make antique diamond rings and earrings stunning accessories for the most special occasions. This individuality is the composite of hand crafting, flatter facets and the fashions of the times. Most estate jewelry currently found in stores was created during the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s.

Diamond Cuts in Antique Estate Jewelry

Almost all of the antique diamonds on the market today are white, and the old cuts were developed to showcase them. The rose cut, developed in the 1500s, makes the most of an attractive table. The old mine, or cushion, cut adds the height of a pavilion and brilliant facets. No two diamonds are alike in finished shape, a big asset for fans of vintage jewelry. By the 1800s, the European cut maximized brilliance with 58 facets and allowed a standardized, round girdle, so that symmetry could be predictably achieved.

These cuts were precursors to the modern brilliant cut. Another style, the Asscher cut, predated the modern emerald cut, with its dramatic terraced facets. These diamond designs, combined with settings enhanced by delicate filigree or decorative engraving, are what make estate jewelry so sought-after today. Single Stone helps buyers from San Francisco to San Diego find these rare items.