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Old Cut vs Brilliant Cut


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The facet pattern is pretty much the same. The word ‘brilliant’ in the title ‘round brilliant’ refers to the facet pattern in the pavilion where the facets radiate out from a central culet. This is often confused with ‘brilliance’, which refers to light return and optical behavior. Most of the stones described as ‘old European cut’ are round brilliants but they differ from modern round brilliants in that they have a facet at the culet, they have relatively short lower girdle facets, they have smaller tables and are not generally cut for their optical performance or symmetry.


Value depends on the details of the stone. Some OEC’s are truly lovely and can command a pretty handsome price but, in general, modern cuts sell better so dealers prefer them for inventory, cutters prefer to produce them and salvage buyers pay more for them. I would not say that this makes modern stones better, but they are generally more expensive and they do generally have more brilliance.



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