Single Diamond Pendants Designs
Older cut vintage diamonds vs. new diamonds do look different. That’s not a bad thing. What’s bad is when you combine the two.
The new modern brilliant cut diamond will out sparkle the older European cut diamond or old mine cut diamond. Therefore in designing with older cut diamonds there are some design rules. Which I will share with you.
Seven Rules For Designing With Older Cut Diamonds
1. Do not mix modern cut diamonds with older style cuts of vintage diamonds. (Subtle sparkle vs. focused and flashing sparkle.)
2. Chose designs with vintage details to accent the charm of your older cut vintage diamonds. (Details like filigree, decorative hand engraving and fancy detail around center diamond.)
3. Use engraving details like milgrain edging to enhance older diamond beauty. The sparkle of milgrain engraving enhances the impression of sparkle in your diamonds. (See my blog post on milgrain engraving.)
4. If your older diamonds exhibit slight off color details, try setting them in yellow gold or rose gold. (Yellow gold is better for slight yellow tones, rose gold is better for brown and grey tones.)
5. If your older cut diamonds have visible inclusions, include them in a grouping of diamonds off to the side. ( The optical illusion of the better diamonds nearby will fool the eye to forgive the more imperfect one.)
6. If your older cut diamonds don’t hold their sparkle when dirty use them in earrings or pendants instead of rings. (Rings tend to get dirty easily unlike earrings and pendants.)
7. Walk away from a jeweler who doesn’t offer matching older cut vintage diamonds and tries to sell you on using modern cut diamonds with your old ones saying, “Oh, it’ll look just fine.” (It won’t!)
A History of Diamond Cuts in Pictures
Today I’ll share a story with heart and a good example of re-purposing your older cut diamonds. I’d love to inspire you to re-design and wear the diamonds from your grandmas and aunties and people who love you.
Pat’s Jewelry Loving Aunt Lolly
“I have seven pieces of inherited jewelry from my Aunt Lolly that I never wear, ” Pat said to me one day. “My challenge to you is to design a brand new custom piece of jewelry using all of the old diamonds from my aunt.”
There Are Many Different Cuts in Diamonds
A week later, Pat and I sat down at her kitchen table with her favorite aunt’s five rings and two pendants. I could immediately see that many of the diamonds were single cut—an older style with fewer facets.
The sizes and colors of the diamonds also varied widely. Fortunately, the largest diamond rated the best of the lot. Unfortunately, it had a few small chips on the sides.
“Aunt Lolly was my favorite and I’ll always love her, ” Pat said. “She managed to take me on lots of adventures when I was young. What I really want is to somehow use all her diamonds in one piece of jewelry.” I pulled out my pad and pencil and we got down to work.