Questions to Ask When Shopping For a Diamond


As for the big difference between antique and modern stones, gemologist and Greenwich Street Jewelers partner Christina Gandia Gambale sums it up this way: “An antique diamond is one that was cut over 100 years ago or one cut in an antique shape… These diamonds were faceted before technology was a tool in diamond cutting, and are appreciated for their rarity, history and the craftsmanship that the master cutter used to perfect the diamond at a time when skill was paramount.” Created with a more subtle glimmer than their modern counterparts, Bruning describes them as “cut to glow in the candlelight.”

Prefer a newer stone and a more modern shape like a princess, square or pear cut? Don’t worry—even “new” natural diamonds are older than some of Earth’s neighboring galaxies, and just as mesmerizing.

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