Question about jewelry made with antique diamonds

cakegirl

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When looking at jewelry made with antique diamonds, I frequently see that it is a higher color and lower clarity than what is prized in modern jewelry. What I am wondering is how to choose a quality piece? I do like the warm colors in antique diamonds- but how high is too high? What about clarity? And why the difference, is it just a change in taste, or the way diamonds are cut today?
 

EricaD

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When looking at jewelry made with antique diamonds, I frequently see that it is a higher color and lower clarity than what is prized in modern jewelry. What I am wondering is how to choose a quality piece? I do like the warm colors in antique diamonds- but how high is too high? What about clarity? And why the difference, is it just a change in taste, or the way diamonds are cut today?

Many of the whiter antique stones were recut as modern techniques became available. That, coupled with the specific mines that were being tapped, is the reason for an abundance of lower (warmer) colored antique stones on the market today. Higher colors, or whiter stones, are very rare and come with high premiums. Old cuts often have minor nicks along the girdle, or abraded facets, resulting in downgrades to clarity. The girdle nicks are a factor of age and the varying girdle thickness of old cuts. Otherwise I would expect a wide range of available clarity, as you see with modern cuts. Clarity and color sensitivity are personal choices. I personally wear an antique asscher, L color, VS2 clarity, and adore it. My favorite color range is K/L/M/N and I wouldn't wear a colorless diamond if it were free! They just don't appeal to me. But again, it's a personal choice! It's important to find a trustworthy vendor to assist you in selecting the right piece. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance!
 
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