When it comes to antique cut loose diamonds, there is a difference between ‘vintage’ and ‘antique’ jewelry. This is mostly one of age. Some jewelers consider any jewelry of between 30 to 50 years old as vintage and anything from 50 to 80 or more years old as antique. In the world of antiques, however, only items that are 100 years old or more are considered antique.
So the differences can be subjective and dependent upon viewpoint. This should be clearly understood when it comes to buying antique jewelery of any sort. It is particularly important when buying antique cut loose diamonds and one should make every effort to try and establish the date the stones were cut.
Having said that, keep in mind that antique cut loose diamonds are subject to the same criteria as any other types of diamonds. The value of the diamonds is also dependent on the quality and weight of the diamonds.
The diamonds should be appraised to establish the weight and quality and should be done by an independent gemological laboratory. Many are listed in the links to the left.
The cut, color, clarity and carat weight as well as the age and, if possible, history, should be established as this is what will tell you the value of a diamond. Most antique diamonds are of good or fair quality with some being exceptional depending on when and where it was made. European antique diamond rings can be quite valuable in terms of the diamond. Antique cut loose diamonds may also have an antique value over and above the general value of the stones, especially if they are over 100 years old (The true definition of an antique).
Vintage or antique diamonds charm the romantic in all of us who treasures old world values and who are somewhat nostalgic for life in another time. Vintage and antique cuts can be elegant, and when the stones are set, often more decorative than contemporary designs, with intricate, filigree lacing and fine, detailed sculpting. Antique cut loose diamonds can be a treasure to hold and take pleasure in.