by LightBright » Aug 16, 2019 I’ve been interested in antique settings and antique diamonds for a long time. I watched the inventory of genuine antique diamonds and settings drop with the last serious recession (the one in which many Americans lost their jobs and homes.) I recall not being able to find as many antique rings and diamonds on EBay and Ruby Lane after the crash.) On line Inventory seemed to pick up several years ago and then I started noticing signs of wealth and luxury pop up in the jewelry world again. Recently, in the last few years, I’m seeing extremely large “antique cuts” being sold as real. I’m seeing authentic antique settings being sold set with fake or inferior (low color or lower quality cut) antique cuts, and I’m seeing modern settings being sold as authentic. I’m highly skeptical that enormous antique diamonds still exist to be sold in large quantities on the commercial market instead of to museums. I’m highly skeptical that so many antique complete rings exist, to be sold. Here’s an example of what I mean. Erstwhile Jewelry is selling a “Cartier” ring “circa 1920” for $20,000. The coppery gold colored 18k setting setting has six un-matched rustic cut visually included melee diamonds on the shank and the central diamond is an EGL certed SI2 “F-G”, .67 carat weight. (EGL being the operative word.) This ring feels like a fake to me. Would Cartier in the 1920s, the pinnacle of Art Deco platinum craftsmanship and diamond connoisseurship put a highly included diamond into a setting with included and unmatched melee? The ring reminds me of the antique replica Indian settings I’ve seen (the rustic cut unmatched and poor quality melee for example). This is just one example of the “dream state” I feel like I’m in with regard to the vintage diamond vendor world. https://erstwhilejewelry.com/collec...arat-cartier-diamond-and-ruby-engagement-ring Personally, I’m alarmed that mainstream vendors are passing off fakes as real and charging a premium. Maybe this is okay because it keeps people happy, and “most” of the pieces are authentic and all are pretty... but it seems uninformed at best and deceptive at worst to me. Am I being a curmudgeon? Please set me straight.