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Antique Diamonds

What are antique diamonds? Antique diamonds are stones cut by hand, before the invention of power-driven machinery in the late 1800s.  Because diamonds are the hardest natural material on the planet, they require great effort to grind and polish by hand.  Therefore, these stones generally have fewer facets (faces) and generally conform to the shape of a stone as it was found.  The modern round brilliant, by contrast, has a standard 58 facets and an established set of proportions.  Although up to 50 percent of the stone's weight is consumed in the cutting process, modern stones have much more sparkle and brilliance than antique cuts.  The question is:  What is the definition of beauty in a diamond?  Must it be solely how brilliant it...

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Engagement Rings with Antique Diamonds

If you're thinking of diamonds for your wedding or engagement ring, a good choice to consider is antique diamonds. These diamonds are handmade, meaning they were cut and polished before jewelers used the electric and computerized machines of today. They have history and charm, and often can be purchased for less than modern stones of the same size. They were mined long ago so they have no connection with conflict diamonds.  Many other advantages of antique diamonds are discussed here. Over 40 years on the bench, I have worked with many couples to create custom engagement and wedding rings that reflect their taste.  Let me know what you have in mind in terms of style, materials, and budget. and I'll do my best to give you sound suggestions....

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