Antique Old European Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring
Antique Old European Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring


If you’ve ever been shopping for vintage and antique engagement rings, you’ve definitely seen a ring with European cut diamonds, even if you didn’t realize it. Round center diamonds are the most popular style for modern engagement rings, and the old European cut actually paved the way for this trend. European cut diamonds were cut at the turn of the 20th century and are commonly associated with the Art Deco design style and time period.

What is a European cut diamond? When diamonds were cut during the 1890s to 1930s, they were primarily chosen for carat weight. These diamonds were also cut and measured by hand. Diamond cutters during this time period focused on how to maximize a diamond’s sparkle in candlelight. That means each European cut diamond is unique due to its painstakingly handcrafted design.

The Story Behind the Old European Cut Diamond

Old European cut diamond engagement rings are a popular and beloved alternative to modern, manufactured engagement rings. Many people value the history and story behind a one-of-a-kind vintage or antique ring. An old European cut diamond ring has survived through 100 years of history, a testament to its quality and timelessness. Just as one fashion style inspires the next, and they even recur every few decades, so do ring styles from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The old European cut was a classic choice during the turn of the 20th century and inspired the rise in popularity of the round cut diamond design all the way into the modern era. However, the European cut has a distinct originality because of the way each diamond and engagement ring setting was created by hand. While these diamonds are more likely to have an imperfect cut, they answer the question, “Are old European cut diamonds valuable?” with a resounding yes. As time passes, fewer European cut diamonds will be available, though their timeless designs will endure. This makes them all the more rare.

OEC Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

The choice of an old European cut diamond engagement ring is ultimately a choice of design and style that suits your interests. When you select an OEC diamond to sit in your vintage ring setting, you are investing in a piece of history that has likely been worn by others over the decades. These pieces of jewelry are also referred to as estate jewelry because they have had previous owners. Both high demand and value are placed on estate jewelry, especially when the previous owners are well-known icons and celebrities of decades past. 

If you want to find a one-of-a-kind engagement ring for your loved one, a vintage European cut diamond ring is a great option to consider. The European cut spanned multiple eras of antique and vintage engagement rings. The Edwardian era designs at the turn of the century involved ornate and intricate patterns, often surrounding an old European cut center stone. The Art Deco era introduced a more architectural style to engagement ring settings, with symmetrical and geometric designs. Baguette side stones became a popular style to accent a European cut center stone.

Visual Characteristics of Old European Cut Diamonds

Old European cut diamonds have distinct, easily identifiable visual characteristics that set them apart from other round diamonds. While a European cut has 58 facets like its modern counterpart, these facets were typically larger than what is made today. Instead of coming to a point at the bottom, an old European cut diamond has what is called a culet facet at the base of the diamond that allows light to escape. The larger size of a European cut culet sits parallel to a small circle at the top of the diamond, known as the table. Vintage European cut diamond engagement rings also tend to have a taller crown than their modern counterparts. This helps draw your eye to the center of the stone so you can admire its brilliance.

Old European Cut Diamond Rings with Gold

Gold was the most popular metal used in antique and vintage rings at the turn of the 19th century. Gold metals were paired with European cut diamonds and Art Deco styles to create some of the time period’s most stunning pieces of jewelry. The Art Deco era ushered in a transition from yellow gold to white gold with round center-stone diamonds and gemstones. If you are looking for vintage and antique engagement ring options, you can find many in both yellow and white gold settings.

Discover the Perfect OEC Diamond Ring at Roman Malakov

You will see a stunning variety of old European cut diamond rings for sale at Roman Malakov. Visit the NYC location or schedule an appointment now, and the kind and knowledgeable staff can help you find the best European cut diamond ring for you!