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Old MINE Cut Diamond | European Cut Diamonds

Old MINE Cut Diamond | European Cut Diamonds


(lively music) – This is Jill Maurer
with Your Jewelry Minute, and today, I’m answering the question what does mine cut mean? And sometimes you’ll hear mine cut, miner’s cut, old mine cut, old miner cut, and they’re usually referring to diamonds when we talk about this, but you can be referring to other stones. Old mine cut is not a
specific, precise cut like we think of today. When we think of step cut, brilliant cut, it’s not precise like that. All it means is that the
diamond was cut by hand, and it was cut by hand whatever way the person cutting it by hand wanted to cut it. And they’re not precise,
they’re not exact. They’re cut at the mine. I think that they have a particular charm. There is something to be said for today’s really precision-cut diamonds that perfectly reflect all of the light, but there is also something to be said for looking at a diamond
and seeing its charm and knowing that it’s
charmingly not perfect. You’ll see them in antique jewelry from the 1700s through the early 1900s. That’s what you’ll see in the jewelry. You’ll also hear people
refer to old European cut, and old European cut is
a type of old mine cut that is a little bit more precise because they start using some machine cut, but it’s nowhere near
as precise as today’s. When you look at them, they’re
just a little bit rounder, they’re a little bit smoother, they’re a little more precise, but they’re in no way exact, and those come in a little bit later, like in the late 1800s, early 1900s, before we’re really doing
the more precision cut that we do today. So I hope that answers your question. If you have a jewelry question for me, just let me know in the comments below. Until next time. (lively music)

15 thoughts on “Old MINE Cut Diamond | European Cut Diamonds”

  1. I'd probably prefer a hand cut, imperfect stone to one of today's machine cut, precision stones. Do the old mine cut stones tend to be priced lower (assuming all else is equal)?

  2. I absolutely agree that the old mine cut diamonds ( they are all I’ve seen up close in this cut ) do have a romantic charm to them ,thanks for sharing Jill ! Xo

  3. Old European cut is my favorite! It’s not quite as blinding as precision-cut diamonds and I think there’s something understated, subtle and “old money” about them. And they retain their value; my jeweler lets me “size up” for only the difference in price for the stone.

  4. Your videos are really well done! Thank you for making more and more interesting in jewelry! 🙂
    Kisses from France! 😀

  5. I don’t know how I feel about them. The perfectionist in me likes everything to look exact, and “perfect”, but I do see the charm of an imperfectly cut diamond as well. Great video Jill.

  6. Hello, do you know if the newspaper test work on mine cut and European cut diamonds? Where you put the diamond upside down on top of letters to see if you can read or see the letters. I have a mine cut diamond and when I put it upside down on some letters, I can see the letters through it. I’m just not sure if it’s a real diamond.
    Thank you.

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