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What is a miner's rock?


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The jeweler is likely referring to an "Old Miner". This cut came into existence in the late seventeenth century and is the first diamond cut that had all the facets of the present round brilliant cut (bezel, star, pavilion mains, etc.). The facet alignment and sizes of an old miner are different as compared to the current round brilliant. The old miner is more of a square or cushion cut, rather than being round.


Although the old miner is not very popular today, it is still available from many jewelers. It can make for a rather antique-looking piece if the rest of the settings are selected or designed to match.

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