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M.W. 2.5ct Old European Cut Diamond Scroll Solitaire

This is our Scroll Solitaire engagement ring, a gorgeous favorite, with a beautiful diamond and a rich history.

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Our cuts come in both Antique Cushion Cut (ACC) and Old European Cut (OEC). They are cut to specific parameters to ensure maximum brilliance and beauty. Our cushion cuts are available in three length to width ratios: square, slightly elongated and elongated.

So what exactly is an Old European Cut (OEC)?

The Old European Cut is considered the forerunner of the modern day brilliant cut, since both are round cuts. It became the most popular during the 19th century, following on the historical heels of a cushion cut (or “old miner’s cut”) but with a shallower pavilion, a more rounded shape and a different arrangement of the facets.

The Old European and Modern Round Brilliant both have 57 or 58 facets–but it’s the placement and shape of those facets that really define each cut’s personality.

What are the differences between an OEC and Round Brilliant Cut?

The Old European Cut doesn’t appear as perfectly round as the Round Brilliant Cut. The Old European Cut also has larger facets (as well as a large hole, slightly off center). And while the Round Brilliant Cut optimizes the amount of brilliance, the antique OEC cut gives off a more understated and elegant glow.

An Old European Cut diamond typically has a smaller table and higher crowns than the modern day Brilliant counterpart. Another distinctive characteristic of the OEC is the culet. Instead of having a pointed end at the bottom, an OEC has an open culet. (This creates a flat facet instead of a sharp point.)