Old Mine Cut Diamonds

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What Are They and How Did They Get Their Name?

Jewelry shoppers who are looking to acquire diamonds in their shopping endeavors will find a wide array of stones to choose from along the way. There are many different types of these gemstones as well as styles which one can select as their chosen jewel. One less frequently discussed diamond type is the Old Mine Cut diamond. These are special for many reasons and once one has heard about all of the positive attributes which go along with the “Old Miner” as it is sometimes called, they may wish to add this type of gem to their jewelry collection.

What Are Old Mine Cut Diamonds?

Old Mine Cut diamonds are stones which have a high crown to them as well as a small table. The culet on this type of stone is also unique compared to other gems as it is flattened on the bottom as opposed to being pointy in nature. They are often square in shape and the corners are a bit rounded to give the stone a unique and unforgettable look. With the way in which the gem is cut, it provides those viewing it with a colorful, brilliant vision. The light is able to pass through the stone in such a way that it produces a beautiful result. An Old Mine Cut stone is one which has a bit of a cushion shape to it and appears more squarish than some of the other styles out there.

How Did These Gems Get Their Name?

The name Old Mine Cut came about due to the fact that the diamonds used to be taken from the old mines located throughout India. This differs from many of the stones today which are taken from mines located within South Africa. This type of stone was very popular throughout the 19th century and it still seems to hold the intrigue of many diamond purchasers these days.

Reasons to Buy an Old Miner

Old Miners appeal to a select group of diamond purchasers still to this day. There are a number of great reasons to buy an Old Mine Cut diamond as opposed to other types of gemstones. One wonderful reason to buy a gem of the Old Mine variety relates to the antique nature thereof. Since these stones were quite popular throughout the 1800’s, it is no wonder that their style would have an antique feel about them. This is the perfect type of stone for those women who would love to have an antique style engagement ring as the Old Mine Cut is quite reminiscent of the past.

Another reason to purchase an Old Miner is for the sheer beauty quality surrounding it. As stated above, due to the way in which the Old Mine style of stone is cut, it presents the most favorable results to those who view the stone. When light hits the stone, the result is a breathtaking, sparkling sight. The cut makes the stone appear in the very best light and this is quite a favorable attribute for those who are looking to purchase a gem of this magnitude.

Lastly, the uniqueness factor surrounding the Old Mine Cut makes it a good option for jewelry purchasers. If one is looking for a conversation piece to add to their jewelry collection, then an Old Mine Cut diamond might just be the perfect thing to buy.

Although most “Old Miners” were not cut to the same standards as later cutting styles, with a little due diligence you can still find a very unique Old Mine cut diamond.


  1. I am doing an appraisal on an old mine cut that weighs 1.64ct How does one price an old mine cut?

  2. Reply:

    Hi Debbie,

    If you can tell me the color and clarity I can possibly help you with this. Make absolutely sure that it is a mine cut and not an Old European Cut.

    If you can, include the measurements of the stone taken from at least 6 different positions around the girdle. Assuming that that is possible due to mounting.



  3. Donna Walker says:

    I have a pair of 1800 old mine chandler diamond earrings from India. Is there anyway to get a quote?

  4. would like a price or around I’d like to sell and don’t know what I can expect, have a few of these out ladies white gold and diamond ring. contains a miners cut diamond 4.3mm x 5.09mmx3.4 mmm having a clarity of VS 1 and is color of G-1 with a weight of approximately .45 carat. also there is a round brilliant diamond 5.12 x 3.23 mm having a clarity of SI 1 and color of G-1 , this diamond wighs approximately.51 carat. also there are 20 single cut diamonds from .01 carat to .03 carats. the whold ring weights in at 7o.1 grams, can you or some one help with a price

  5. Janet Elizabeth says:

    I am looking to sell my mother’s engagement ring, sadly, and I could not afford an appraisal, but I had it cleaned and the jeweller told me it was an old miner cut diamond, .03 carats, not sure of the colour (though it looks clear to me…it’s uhm…clear, no yellowing) and the ring is from 1956, bought in Toronto, Canada. Any thoughts on what this might be worth and where I could sell it for close to value?

    • Hi Janet,

      Did the jeweler happen to give you the measurements of the diamond? If not you will probably need to have it measured.
      If it’s .03 carat then it is very small and probably won’t have much value. If it 0.30 carat then it will have a higher value.

      When you say, sell for close to value…What value do you mean? Retail, wholesale, liquidation. I’m guessing, but I think you
      probably mean liquidation. This means “what could you possibly sell it for”. You would need to know other things… Color, clarity, and estimated weight.

      I realize that a qualified appraisal can be somewhat expensive. However, you need to know all these things in order to sell it.
      Sorry that I couldn’t tell you more.

      Hope this helps,


  6. Trying to get a ballpark price on an old mine cut measuring 6.82 x 6.32 x 4.46 mm. weighing 1.37 cts. with VVS2 clarity and O-P color. Any help would be appreciated as I don’t deal with these too often.

  7. Did the older Diamond rings have bands made of 9.5 silver.

    • Hi Jean,

      Silver has been used for many years in jewelry of all kind. Old cut diamonds have been set in silver. However, it is more common to see diamonds of any period set
      into gold or platinum.

      Did you mean .925 silver? .925 is sterling silver… 92.5% pure silver.

      Hope this helps,


  8. Helen Johnson says:

    Hello and thank you for taking the time to answer this. I know that diamonds and colored gemstones are “cut” to put emphasis on different aspects of the stones, i.e. maximizing the color of a gemstone but were color stones ever cut using the Old Mine or Old European cut? What would removing the culet do to a stone of color either negatively or positively?

  9. Helen Johnson says:

    Hello, again,

    Maybe to clarify my earlier question above , what cut was used on colored gemstones during the Victorian periods and the Edwardian and Are Noveau periods. I think cabachon and oval and round but were there any others? Many thankds. Helen

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