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    What Are The Different Forms of Cuts in Diamonds of The Vintage Era?

    What Are The Different Forms of Cuts in Diamonds of The Vintage Era?

    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 Cuts

    The 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 Cuts

    One 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. 

    Single Cuts

    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. 

    Rose Cuts

    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. 

    Transition Cuts

    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. 

    Wondering which diamond will look best on your lady love’s finger? You can come to us withyour requirements, and we will be happy to guide you.

    Old GOLD is actually GREEN

    Old GOLD is actually GREEN


    In a world full of hand-me-downs, there’s no shame in utilizing vintage styles to suit your needs, especially when former designs are as lovely as ever. Contemporary trendsetters wear antique jewelry to emphasize one-of-a-kind pieces full of intricate craftsmanship and detail. These rings were made during eras where jewelers emphasized quality over quantity to make every jewel unique – just like its wearer.

    In modern times, why should we buy factory-made jewelry when these beautiful keepsakes are still available? When feasible, it makes sense to recycle goods to promote sustainable practices, rather than use excessive resources. With an antique gem, you’ll know your purchase advocated the reuse of cherished treasures – ensuring these valuable items remain timeless for generations to come.

    Shop With A Purpose

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    North Coast Jewelry pledges to donate a portion of all proceeds towards the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. CF is near and dear to our family's heart. More than 30,000 people in the US, including a sweet four year old friend of ours named Madelein, are battling this terrible disease. We would like to do our part in funding the research for a cure for cystic fibrosis. #teammaddy

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    Vintage and Antique Jewelry

    What is Vintage Jewelry?

    Jewelry pieces that are between 20-100 years old are classified as Vintage jewelry. Vintage jewelry is often also referred to as estate jewelry. One defining characteristics of valuable vintage jewelry is its collectability or desirability.


    What is the Difference between Vintage Jewelry and Antique Jewelry

    The difference between Vintage and Antique is the time period of manufacture of the item. Vintage jewelry falls between 20-100 years old. Antique items are defined as older than 100 years. This results in a big difference in styles and values.


    What are the factors that determine the value of Vintage Jewelry

    1. Historic period or period significance
    2. Intrinsic value
    3. Condition
    4. Collectability/demand
    5. Rarity