Replacing Diamonds in Antique and Estate Jewelry

When a piece of antique or estate jewelry requires replacement of a missing diamond, you’re generally dealing with rose cuts, old mine cuts, or old European cuts. Art nouveau (1890-1915), Edwardian (1901-1914), and many art deco (1920-1935) jewelry pieces contain these older diamond cut styles. The challenge comes in finding a diamond to match the rest of the piece and paying the right price once you do. Rose cuts. The rose cut was introduced in the 16th century, when the rudimentary sawing of diamonds first became feasible. Diamond crystals were sawn in half, leaving two stones, each with a flat bottom and a pointed top. It’s called a rose cut because it resembles an unopened rosebud, with small, symmetrically placed triangular facets rising to a pointed dome over a flat base. The standard rose cut can have 12, 16, 24, or even 36 triangular facets. The name “rose cut” also a

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