Old European cut diamonds and old mine cuts are usually compared with modern cut diamonds.The worth of the old cut diamond is normally determined by comparing the color, the clarity, and also the weight the stone would retain if it were re cut to todays proportions. This practise, however is now declining with the increased popularity of old diamonds. Experts do not recommend re cutting an old diamond when it is in its original setting, or if haviug done this could decrease its value.
The overall integrity of the old diamond should bring a premium if it is still near flawless.However, if the setting does not have any special significance there may not be as much hope to increase the value of your diamond. If this is the case, consult your jeweler, or the decision of purchasing must be up to your own best judgement. Old cut diamonds are usually very attractive, yet some can seem flat, heavy, dull and lifeless. Therefore in the re-cutting of an unattractive old cut diamond can enhance the beauty and value of your diamond, even though it will become lighter. If this is done properly, the diamond when re-cut could be worth more than before the re-cutting.
The price of old diamonds is increasing as they are becoming more rare and can be hard to find. Another reason to not have the diamond re-cut is if it is an old cut. In fact, with the increasing value of old cut diamonds it may continue to increase more in their value, and may have been the wiser investment. As well as their distinct personalities, the old cut diamonds are set apart by their cuts. Where much of America's diamond activity is New York City, where most of the expert cutters work. Top quality diamonds and lesser stones are greatly improved by expert cutting.
The price for getting a diamond re-cut is surprisingly modest when you consider the benefit to the diamond and the effect of the stone of recutting. On occasion the clarity grade of the is improved in the re-cutting. In you own case, if you have an old diamond that seems must and you don't really care for, or one that is chipped or somehow damaged, your jeweler could refer to a diamond cutter, or refer you to one, to determine the risks and costs of having the diamond re-cut. Prices may vary, but these days you might expert to pay about from $350 to $500 per carat for recutting.
In some rare cases if your diamond is a particular challenge, yet the promise is high, the cost for cutting could be as high as $700 per carat. A knowledable and respected jeweler can help you decide whether to procede. Your jeweler could help you decide whether or not a diamond should be re-cut, makes arrangements with the cutter for you, and help ensure that you are assured that you receive back the same stone you handed in. The degree that you will see more color, more clarity, if not in the weight in recutting will depend on the talent and ability of the cutter.
More and more people are seeking out old world fashion diamonds. and recutting is a fine way to enjoy what is now a tired old piece of jewelry. You may find your recut old stone glows with a greater clarity and color and comfort, as well as your cutter's, you would be well advised that before you have the diamond recut that you pay for a diamond grading report or a thorough sppraisal completed first. Then you will have your point of reference when the diamond is returned.