Georgian Era: 1714-1837
This era spanned for 120 years, through King George I and ending at King George IV. Given the dates of this era, the tools used were primitive. Making the pieces fragile, and less likely to stand the test of time, most high-end specimens are in museums most in desperate need of repair. Making Georgian era jewelry a true treasure. This era has a dark, moody aesthetic made up of pearls, sapphires, foil-backed diamonds, rubies, garnet, topaz, glass, and paste. Common cuts for this time are unlike what we see today. Most common are old mine cuts, single cuts, antique cushion cuts and rose cuts. These are cuts made by hand, using candle or sunlight. Foil-backing gems was assumed to brighten them along with intensifying the color. With machines in short supply during this time, jewelry was hand formed, hand carved and handset. An art that has evolved over time, with these hand done creations makers marks or assay stamps are uncommon and nearly nonexistent (assay marks are enforced in the 1900’s). Metals were more brittle in turn harder to manipulate, typical materials used are 18K yellow gold and silver.
Popular motifs from this era are flowers, crescents, bows, and foliage incorporating shapes like the navette and ovals to interpret these beautiful designs. The Georgian era is most known for its mourning pieces. Beautifully made pieces of jewelry that are made to commemorate a loved one. Typically made to display a lock of hair, a piece of ribbon, fabric or even a portrait. These mourning pieces were held dear, and the perfect way to preserve memories. Unfortunately, Georgian jewelry like the mourning pieces are harder and harder to come by. This era is just the start of the progress made jewelry manufacturing. Encouraging advances to continue through the decades.
The diamond grading labs are independent entities that rate diamonds based on their qualities and features and issue certificates accordingly, which aid in the sale of those diamonds. Each diamond lab has different methods of grading, and thus their rating may also differ from one another. However, some of these labs are considered the best critics of the ‘rocks’ (all pun intended) and their certificates are taken more seriously than others.
Let’s shed some light on their names.
The Gemological Institute of America
By far, GIA is the most popular diamond grading laboratory in the world. Surprisingly, it’s a non-profit organization with the most accurate and consistent grading system that almost all diamond merchants and jewelry dealers rely on. Not only that, but they have also altered the world’s basic perception of precious stones with their extensive researches and findings since their inception in 1931.
American Gemological Society
Mostly regarded at par with the GIA because of their high standards and accuracy of grading, they are better known for their alphabetical grading system. Besides grading diamonds, they also offer extensive educational products to create awareness about the precious stones and enhance the diamond trade at large. Their scientific reports and certifications are valued by most of the merchants, dealers, and manufacturers apart from the regular customers.
European Gemological Laboratory
The popularity of EGL goes beyond the European boundaries for their clarity and concise reporting approach. For diamonds less than 1 carat, the EGL is quite efficient in their grading techniques. However, they can’t be trusted much for the S13 diamonds.
International Gemological Institute
Based in Belgium and preferred more by the Asian countries, the IGI is undoubtedly the second-most popular grading institute in the world. Numerous polished diamonds that are available in the market have been graded by IGI, which also offers courses on diamond grading and certification.
Grading systems may differ widely, but the diamonds having consistent grading will be preferred more by customers while investing their money in.
What Are The Different Forms of Cuts in Diamonds of The Vintage Era?
Vintage diamonds are characterized by their elegant cuts and radiant beauty. Throughout the early 1900s, these diamonds were flaunted by royals and common people alike. Their high popularity extends to date, as many people still wish to buy vintage rocks to impress their ladies.
Depending on the different types of cuts, the vintage diamonds can be categorized as follows:
Old Mine CutsThe old mine cut rocks are characteristically vintage, with a square shape and soft, curvy edges.
Although they look a lot like the cushion-cut diamonds of the modern era, the main difference lies in the way they are cut. While the old mine diamonds are less scintillated, as they were cut by the hand, the cushion-cut rocks are cut using advanced tools and technologies, resulting in a reduced culet and more shine.
Old European CutsOne of the highly sought-after diamond cuts of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Old European Cut diamonds have larger culets, small tables, and high crowns. In the vintage era, these diamonds were cut by hand, so they are not perfectly round in shape and their girdles don’t appear completely smooth.
Commonly known as Melee diamonds, the single-cut diamonds have less than 57 facets, which is the standard for every diamond used in jewelry. Generally, it doesn’t have more than 18 facets, which are developed only after giving it the characteristic round brilliance. As these diamonds are smaller than regular ones, the fewer facets don’t make them look odd.
The key features of a rose-cut diamond are its domed top on a flat back and its triangular facets. While the number of facets may vary from 3-24, they seem to converge at the apex, giving the rock its characteristic rose shape.
This diamond marks the transition of the vintage and antique era with a medium-sized table and smaller culet. Also known as early modern cuts, these one-of-a-kind stones also have lower crowns, shorter pavilions and are beautifully proportioned. These are gorgeous rocks that adorn engagement rings even to this day.
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