Is there such a thing as an old diamond or a new diamond? Which begs the question, is a diamond renewable or unrenewable source? You be the judge!
Diamonds are found in igneous rocks called kimberlite (a mineral composed of a chain of carbon atoms that’s been crystallized). Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance with the highest thermal conductivity capable of any material. You’ve heard the expression, “A diamond lasts forever?” Did you know that the ancient Romans and Greeks believed that diamonds were tears cried by the gods or splinters from falling stars? An example would be in 1981, when Smithsonian researchers tried to cut through a large iron meteorite that had crash-landed in the Antarctica, it was full of microscopic diamonds!
Jewelers are frequently asked if a diamond is a “new” diamond or an “old.” However what consumers don’t realize, is that diamonds are continuously resold and repurposed not only by the consumer but also by reputable diamond brokers throughout the world.
The bigger question may be, do you favor an Old Mine cut, Old European, Modern Round Brilliant or just a Traditional cut. Confused? Not to worry, you’re not alone. Mainly due to technological advances in the cutting process, vintage diamond cuts, have significantly less facets than the modern round cuts of today.
Old Mine Cut diamond engagement ring approximately .0.7ct w/ approximately .43ctw
Old Mine cuts are just that, older cuts that were faceted from the 1700’s through the Victorian era. These works of art were faceted by hand. The first Old Mine Cuts were square but with time became rounder at the girdle. Old mine cut diamonds have high crowns, small tables, and large and flat culets.
An Old European cut diamond has small table facets, heavy crowns, steep proportions and are round in shape. Old European cuts date from the 1800’s to the Art Nouveau era. The later transitional Old European cut began to show a wider table and a centered point.
Modern Round Brilliant cuts evolved with technological advances in the late 1900’s. The glow of the round brilliant cut has been compared to the black and white contrast of a checkerboard pattern. This cut is now the standard and most popular way to cut diamonds.
Rose Cut Diamond Earrings
But back to the original question. New or old? As you’ve probably guessed, there is NO new or old. Yes, a diamond can be recut, but some would ask why? Is a diamond sustainable. You be the judge. We dig them up, and repurpose them to incredible works of art.
Older cuts are full of personality and appeal. They are truly one of a kind. Newer cuts exemplify just how far we’ve come in showcasing the earth’s creation.
An important take away… What matters is WHERE you purchase your diamond. There’s too much history and knowledge to leave your diamond purchase to an unskilled professional!