Old Single Cut
An Old Single Cut; a square Table cut with faceted corners
The Old Single Cut is a variation to the early Table Cuts
and is encountered from the earliest days of diamond cutting on. All one has to do to create one is to grind off the four corners of a square table cut and replace them by facets
creating a stone with 9 facets on its crown and 9 on it's pavilion when we include the table and culet facets.
New Single Cuts
The New Single Cut can be described as a round stone with similar facets as the Old Single Cut without the culet
facet. They feature an octagonal table facet with four mains
on it's crown and 8 mains on it's pavilion
. Truly round stones could only be manufactured in any serious quantities after the invention of the mechanized bruting
machine at the end of the 19th century. During the Edwardian Period, Swiss Cut
stones were the most prevalent cut used for small complimentary diamonds. This changed in the 1920's when Single Cuts took over that role because they were easier and cheaper to manufacture. Art Deco
jewelry is often set with small single cut melée
versus Swiss Cut melée in Edwardian jewelry.
New Single Cuts in an Art Deco ring
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