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New Old European Cut (OEC) Moissanites are here!

January 07, 2021 2 min read

Old European Cut (OEC) moissanite lab created gemstones
You asked and I listened… Old European Cut (OEC) moissanites have just been added to our Forever One Charles & Colvard Moissanite collection. These unique cut, lab-grown stones range in sizes from 4mm to 8mm and are available in 2 color assortments (colorless - DEF and near-colorless GHI).

They can be used as the center stone with one of my Build-Your-Own Engagement ring designs. They can also be used as custom orders for all my other designs that use round  brilliant cut moissanites. Just ask for a quote. 
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This special round Forever One™ created moissanite, by Charles & Colvard®, features a vintage cut also known as the "old mine cut" and a brilliant white color we already love from their brilliant cut moissanites. 
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So what is the difference between these old and the normal brilliant-cut you may ask? 

 
The modern round brilliant diamond we know and the old European cut both have either 57 or 58 facets. The difference lies in the shapes and exact placement of those facets that give each cut its personality. The distinctive open culet in OEC moissanites is visible in the stones top. Brilliant cut moissanites on the other hand do not have a culet facet. 
difference between Brilliant Round Moissanite and Old European Cut Moissanite
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Originally vintage diamonds were cut mainly for color. Modern round brilliant diamonds on the other hand, as their name suggests, are cut for brilliance.

Light is intended to go into the diamond, or moissanite in this case, and bounce right back out into the eye of the beholder. This creates the bling that has become ubiquitous in modern jewelry. Antique cut stones capture light differently, drawing the eye in rather than immediately radiating sparkle out.

 

Predecessor to the modern round brilliant, the Old European cut offers a unique charm and distinct sparkle. With a high crown, small table and larger culet, it captures light in a much softer way. This heirloom quality gem showcases a gorgeous 58 facets.

The old mine cut design originated in diamond mines where the rough diamonds were cut by hand and symmetry was not a priority. The cut is designed to optimize the play of light from low-angle candle lighting and present a light return that tends to be full of character but not uniform.

Old European Cut Moissanites are cut with more depth than round brilliant cut moissanites and are a bit heavier in the same diameter size. The Old European Cut is comparable to the modern brilliant cut but differentiated by a smaller table, a taller crown and an open culet.


See the OEC moissanite in a Sonia engagement ring setting here:  


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