by dianabarbara » Mar 4, 2013 Re: an Italo-German-British tale: our Old European engagemen almondblossom, thank you!! It's so funny that eventually it does look harder to find an OEC here rather than in the US! But I think it's mostly because our shops don't sell online too often, especially the antique ones! If I may ask, were do you live in Europe? many of the sales people did not distinguish old from transitional cuts, or maybe did not know the terminology. in one of the shops we were bounced from a sales person, to another, and then to the owner, who is a gemologist. I generally find that here as compared with the US most people see the ring as a single entity, and don't try to break it down in stone vs setting (even only cognitively). Notice that here might be biased, since I only know a bit about PSers, and have no clue about other jewelry consumers. In any case, here many seem somewhat hurt when asked about technicalities. They see it as a unique object passed down from generation to generation, and the overall style and impression is what matters. I am very very happy I have learned in a way to see things differently, because it helps me appreciating other aspects I would not see otherwise, but I still share this general sentiment Is this also your experience?