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Discover our Vintage Round Engagement Rings and Round Shape Diamond Jewellery

Round shape diamonds and other gemstones have been one of the most popular gemstone shapes in jewellery for thousands of years. In fact, when most people picture what a diamond looks like, they think about a round shape diamond. However, diamonds aren’t the only round shape gemstones that are used in jewellery - naturally occurring round gemstones such as pearls and sapphire cabochons can also be considered ‘round.’ No matter the gemstone, vintage round engagement rings are incredibly popular. 

Some of the gemstones that occur naturally are round in shape, such as pearls. Pearls are harvested from mussels and oysters deep in the ocean. However, they are most commonly found in Indonesia, Philippines, and Australia, and are naturally perfectly spherical. It is thought that round shape diamond cutting styles were influenced by naturally occurring round gemstones such as the pearl. Pearls are incredibly beautiful, and are displayed in many vintage round engagement rings and other round jewellery. 

One of the earliest forms of round shape diamond faceting included smoothing and polishing cabochon stones. Cabochon gemstones have a round, flat appearance. Cabochon jewels were the default method of preparing gemstones before gemstone cutting was invented, and was how a vast majority of people in the past would see gemstones. Some of the most popular stones to polish into a round cabochon shape were rubies, sapphires, emeralds and rubies. Round gemstones can be found in many collections of ancient jewellery, and many of our vintage round engagement rings and jewellery are from this fascinating period of jewellery making. 

Although round shape gemstones were popular throughout history, round shape diamonds as we know them today were not possible until the late 1800s. During the late 1800s, the bruting machine was invented, allowing stonecutters to create the perfectly spherical round shape diamonds we think of today. The first perfectly round shape diamond rings used Old European cut diamonds, and would pave the way for the modern round shape diamonds. Many of our old round engagement rings feature Old European cut diamonds and gemstones. 

Round shape diamonds would become like the ones we see today due to the developments of Marcel Tolkowsky, who invented the round brilliant diamond shape in 1919. Essentially, Tolkowsky invented a mathematical formula to create the most perfect, proportional diamonds by using new technology. Round brilliant diamonds are very popular when it comes to collections of vintage round engagement rings, as they were in high demand during the 1920s and used in many stunning art deco jewellery pieces. 

Round shape diamond jewellery has been high in demand throughout the ages because of its beauty and wearability. Round shape diamonds can be displayed in rings, earrings, brooches, bracelets and much more - they are one of the most versatile diamond shapes. Many celebrities have chosen vintage round engagement rings for these reasons, including Mila Kunis and Britney Spears, showing how popular they remain over the years. 

The elegance and allure of round shape diamond jewellery has truly stood the test of time, and are some of our most popular pieces here at Berganza. If any of our vintage round engagement rings, brooches, necklaces, or earrings catch your eye, please get in touch with us! You can always contact us here online, or visit us at our showroom in the heart of Hatton Garden. 

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Rounded gemstones refer to multiple different types of gemstones. Some of the round gemstones that occur naturally are pearls, which have been harvested from muscles and oysters for thousands of years. Round shape diamonds have also been around for a long time, as polished cabochons were the most popular form of ‘diamond cutting’ before stone cutting techniques were introduced in the 1300s. However, the modern round cut diamond as we know it today was invented by Marcel Towolsky in 1919, referred to as the ‘round brilliant diamond.’

Vintage round engagement rings have been popular for hundreds of years. While round shape diamonds have been seen for thousands of years, round shape diamonds as we know them today were not possible until the late 1800s. During the late 1800s, the bruting machine was invented, allowing stonecutters to create the perfectly spherical round shape diamonds we think of today. These diamonds were called old european and old mine cut diamonds, and were incredibly popular. However, in 1919, infamous stonecutter Marcel Towolsky invented the modern round brilliant diamond, defining round shape diamonds for the modern age. Throughout history, vintage round engagement rings have been popular for their beauty and unique shine.

Round shape diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and other gemstones have been formed throughout history through polishing and shining techniques. However, round shape diamonds as we know them today were not able to be made until the 1800s. Throughout this period, the bruting machine was invented, which allowed stonecutters to create the round shape diamonds we think of today. However, in 1919, infamous stonecutter Marcel Towolsky invented the modern round brilliant diamond as we know it today. Towoslky invented a mathematical formula to create the most perfect, proportional diamonds by using new technology. Vintage round engagement rings display Towolsky’s innovative stone cutting genius, and are incredibly popular.

It’s important to preserve your vintage jewellery, such as a vintage round engagement ring. Cleaning your ring correctly is a great way to keep them looking beautiful while also ensuring they keep their value. Take care to thoroughly rinse your ring carefully under warm water. Use a very soft brush to dislodge any dirt, and if it needs extra cleaning, use a mild washing-up liquid. It’s important to keep your vintage round engagement rings clean. The stones are extremely precious, so make sure you are being incredibly careful around them. If you want your vintage round shape diamond jewellery to be cleaned properly, you should consider looking for professional cleaning services. Here at Berganza, we are proud to offer complimentary annual cleaning for life with every purchase, so your vintage round engagement ring can be taken care of properly.

Here at Berganza, there are many things we take into consideration when evaluating any vintage jewellery, especially vintage round engagement rings. Vintage round engagement rings can be from many different time periods, so it’s important that the piece is evaluated as accurately as possible. First of all, we pay close attention to the round shape diamond jewellery to determine its value. If you have any authentication (such as proof of purchase, proof of designer) this can increase the value of your vintage round engagement ring or other jewellery. Antique round shape diamond jewellery can be incredibly valuable, and we are committed to conducting accurate assessments on each piece that passes through our doors. If you need a piece of vintage jewellery assessed, please contact us here online, or visit us at our Hatton Garden residence.



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