Sparkling promise

1,14 ct old cut diamond solitaire in a modern white gold ring from our workshop

Antique old cut diamonds are something wonderful! Each of these stones has been hand cut and each is a little different in terms of its radiance. An antique cut diamond is always individual, as shown by this sparkling antique single carat that we have had set in a modern white gold ring. The diamond has a weight of 1.14 carats and was cut in the years around the turn of the last century. It shows in a noble, slightly toned white with very good clarity (Top Crystal, I, vs2). Fine mille-handle ornamentation, delicate engravings on the ring shoulders and elegant openwork distinguish the setting, whose white gold colouring wonderfully accentuates the sparkle of the magnificent centre stone. The excellent workmanship, the restrained design and the details that are still elegant in their details are what we particularly liked about the goldsmith's work. The setting was newly created at our request in a small manufactory and was placed by our goldsmith around the antique diamond of the years around 1900. The result is an ideal engagement ring that can easily be worn every day thanks to its compact design. More than a single carat, individual yet classic - a sparkling promise!

In ancient times, diamonds were valued primarily for their incomparable hardness. As symbols of invincible strength, their beauty was secondary at best. In fact, early diamonds do not appear at all attractive to the modern eye. Medieval cutting techniques also did not allow for spectacular light reflections, and the widespread table cuts only brought out the brightness and color of the stones. All this changed in the course of the 17th century. The nobility of the Baroque period developed a taste for glittering gemstones. Rose-cut diamonds, whose many facets reflected candlelight beautifully, were particularly popular. In the middle of the century, a first, early brilliant cut developed, called the Mazarin cut after the influential Cardinal Jules Mazarin, characterized by a crown of 17 facets. By the end of the century, these diamonds were then replaced by a new shape, named the Peruzzi cut after its inventor. Vincenzo Peruzzi was a gem cutter from Venice, who increased the crown of the diamonds by additional facets to a total of 33, thus increasing the fire of the stones enormously. However, these early brilliant diamonds were not standardized in terms of the number and shape of the facets. Each stone was cut in such a way that as much substance as possible could be preserved. New diamond deposits in Brazil in the second half of the 18th century then led to a cut shape that became known as the Old Mine Cut. These diamonds are already very similar to today's full-cut diamonds, but several generations of continuous improvement of the cutting technique were necessary until the Old Mine Cut became the Old European Cut, and finally the modern full cut in the 1940s.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.