Right there with ya!!! I adore OMC''s and OEC''s but this one, me no likey!!!Date: 12/10/2006 5:30:57 PM
normally I''d take just about any old cut over a new cut, but that *particular* old cut is... well... horrid!!!!
oh yeah and there are OECs out there I''d vastly have over a RB - facetfire''s comes to mind...Date: 12/10/2006 7:18:41 PM
Author: Scott 00
Yeah that is an old cut that I would def pass on, however, in my limited experience handling OMCs it is definitely possible to have a well cut OMC that rivals modern cushion brilliants...
No fair! You MUST post a picture of this beauty!Author: mommy
..I found and old beautiful european stone 2+ carats and had Caleb do a raised bezel set...it has a fabulous old world Eutrascan feel to it but very modern at the same time
at 25 points I think they''re fine, and the one on the left is pretty good anyway - but the one on the right if it were say 3 carats, can you imagine? It might be lovable, but in a only the mother does it sort of way lolDate: 12/11/2006 11:05:36 AM
Hey hey! Someone needs to jump in here and defend ugly old cuts!
Here are a pair of stones which are part of a pair of antique earrings. They are quite small (probably 25pts each), and to me add great charm with their antique ''ugliness''....
I think you misunderstand.... at least where I am concerned. I''d take a culet over a non culet any day... but it also depends on what the stone is for, how large it is etc. I know nothing about the two stones other than "old cut / new cut" and in my head I''m picturing two carat stones set as a solitaire - not sure the one on the left would hold its own well in THAT situation. Not all old cuts are that *off* and I kinda hate to see old cuts represented at such an extreme skew. I know they have value to antique jewelry repair and others who love them for their ultimate in quirkiness, shall we say.... but that one there is particularly off on its sym. Almost looks like it was an OMC that is half way to being recut to the stone on the right and someone said stop let''s catch a pic before its lost forever and it was already partly changed.... I was looking at a stone in my aunt''s ring which was a gift to my great grandmother for her 16th birthday - the diamond is a *chip* really, maybe it weighs 20 points but from the side it is almost half crown - almost a full natural shape with just a tiny tip off one end and a larger tip (table) off the other.... looking straight down the culet isn''t super large but it is way off to one side (think cornucopia lol) and yet it is just the most charming thing, in its original setting from a hundred years ago. It''s not that these stones don''t have value, even beauty, and there are antique stones I''d wear without hesitation certainly, but for it to be a large stone centerpiece I''d prefer it have a bit more symmetry than the one you posted above lolDate: 12/11/2006 1:58:18 PM
I don`t think the picture quite does either stone justice.
Both are good quality,and i would like to add,old cuts are all different and unique which gives them character.
I like them,as a solitary stone,historic and interesting (sometimes comical looking) ...
Interesting to hear all your rejections and only 1 or 2 understanding their importance.
that''s not true - my stone could *hardly* be called a round LOL I sought out a modern cut OMC (GIA cert says Old Mine Brilliant) and that''s what I got, high crown, culet and everything, but the symmetry is fine. It is most definitely a cushion and the only thing I can really complain about is that the lgf are too long.Date: 12/11/2006 3:20:11 PM
From 1983 until 2005 I was a primary market maker of old European cut diamonds providing pricing information to the trade in publiucations and via the Internet. I bought and sold for the prices I published and brought a good deal of transparency to what had earlier been a very secretive valuation process.
Old European cut round diamonds strongly outsell cushion shaped diamonds in the USA. Our jewelry history is comparatively short to Europe or Asia where cushion shaped diamonds are far more appreciated for their unique character and more subtle individuality and softer beauty. The high number of folks who responded that would reject such a stone show the typical American bias for rounder, old Euro cuts. Craftsman from the older parts of the world will value cushion shapes, even oddly shaped ones, as having uniqueness and high merit on an individual basis. Its a cultural and historical thing and not so much to do with the diamond itself, but with differences between countires and cultures.
::groan:: lol Seriously - your stone is perfect and the culet size is perfect - it''s absolutely gorgeous, one of the most beautiful OMCs I''ve seen!! You cannot compare your beautiful old OMC to the one at the top. I can agree with the argument not to recut any old stones, but I''d bless the recut of the one at the top a thousand times before I''d suggest you touch yours. In fact, it''d be a shame to. ::more groans:: ;DDate: 12/11/2006 3:23:32 PM
How much do you think was ''lost'' (carat-wise) due to the recut?
Do you think the recut enhanced the colour of the diamond, or better hid any colour it may have?
I have an OMC and it has a rather large culet. I know you''re all going to groan...but is there a way to give it a ''slightly'' better cut so it shines more and is not as dull in the centre? This is just a thought...like is there a way to keep the overall OMC appearance (not totally change it to an RB)but recut it so it has more sparkle and less dullness b/c of the wide culet?
Here''s a link to an old discussion, with pics of my OMC (the centre is a .75)
yeah LOL this one reminds me of my family ring - with the culet way off to the side lolDate: 12/11/2006 3:40:44 PM
Here''s another ''beauty'' - quite like them personally..each stone has real individual ''character''!
so you really really really want an ideal round? If there''s any way to just *add* to the collection, that''s what I''d do. I wouldn''t recut the rose cut diamonds either. If the OEC is well cut you might be able to get good value out of it as is and allow someone else the charm of the oec and spend the money you make for a new rbDate: 12/11/2006 9:14:35 PM
Cehra--okay, you''re probably right, my stone is just fine the way it is I''d just prefer to not see a dark spot in the centre, when all my GF''s with their RB''s don''t have this.
My family heirloom jewelry, some diamond pieces, could sure use some recutting though, I am positive! There''s a few old rose cut (I believe--nothing is appraised) diamond rings, one OEC with a cluster of side stones, a diamond and pearl broach (I think that''s what it is!) and a stunning diamond circle broach along with some other non-diamond pieces from Persia and Africa. Next time I''m back home I''ll have to snap some digital pics so you can all tell me what they are! The jewelry came from my (deceased) very well off granny from England, who as a young girl/woman, was involved in the aristocratic/socialite life style. Oh to have been her!!!
So, since I''m in Canada, if I wanted to get something recut, some of the rose cuts or less symmetrical OEC diamonds from this collection, who could I send them to through mail? I really don''t trust any local jewelers THAT much, nor do I trust their expertise or cutting skills...is there someone here (Dave Atlas, or others??) who take mailed diamonds and recut them?
Can''t wait for the feedback This is all very exciting to me.