The Ancient Greeks believed diamonds to be splinters of stars that had fallen to Earth
Here at Alexis Dove we specialise in unique and unusual diamonds including Victorian old mine cuts, salt and pepper diamonds and rose cuts. We also use beautiful colours including grey, pink, blue and olive green.
We also buy all of our stones from trusted sources who only work ethically including traceable Canadian diamonds
Rose Cut Diamonds
Sourcing beautiful and unusual diamonds is something that we pride ourselves on here at Alexis Dove and rose cut diamonds are a particular favourite.
The unique and more natural look of the rose cut diamond works wonderfully with the handmade aesthetic of our jewellery. Believed to have originated in India in the 1400s and brought to Europe by the 16th century, the rose cut resembles the petals of a rose by imitating the scroll of its petals.
Recently in India, the rose cut diamond has had a revival both for the restoration of antique jewellery and because of the attraction of the romantic and exotic appeal of this cut. Our customers love the charm of this diamond and the fact that it has a less manufactured look than that of the more modern brilliant cut.
We have a huge selection of gorgeous rose cut diamonds at Alexis Dove and often set soft grey, pale cinnamon and striking black diamonds in our engagement rings. The unusual cut of this stone will create an individual look for your special ring!
Old Mine Cut Diamonds
We use old mine diamonds in many of our engagement rings, these beautiful stones are all re-cycled
The majority of our old mine cut diamonds are taken from Victorian brooches and this is a lovely way to recycle antique gemstones. As the predecessor of today’s modern brilliant cut, this hand cut stone adds both beauty and individuality to your ring. This cut is much softer than the more conventional brilliant cut diamond and still sparkles beautifully.
We select all of our old mine cut diamonds for their individual character. The shape, colour and sparkle or life in these lovely stones are the most important factors. We also look for unusual shapes such as oval, cushion and pear shape so that every piece we create is unique
Salt And Pepper Diamonds
As unique as a snowflake, no two of these diamonds are the same
These diamonds are the most unique as they are all different, this is due to the white and black inclusions within the stones, which gives rise to the term salt and pepper. We use these diamonds in our Snowflake collection, which is named to reflect the unique qualities of these lovely stones
These stones also come in a wide array of colours from light greys, to cloudy whites, cinnamon and golden grey hues and even pink. They are cut in modern brilliant cuts and also in rose cuts and they make the perfect alternative engagement ring as they are very hard and perfect for everyday wear. They are also more affordable than traditional white diamonds, which gives you so many more choices
We work with members of the diamond trade to bring our customers ethical and fully traceable diamonds mined and polished in Canada. These mines are also environmentally sustainable and provide work and education to Indigenous people in both the mining and cutting sectors.
Cushion cut diamonds
A pretty antique style, the cushion cut diamond is a romantic shape that is having a huge revival.
A vintage version of the round brilliant cut it complements the feminine quality of our rings. This shape is sometimes referred to as either a pillow cut or a candle light diamond from times before electric lighting and how the diamonds sparkled so beautifully by flickering flame. The cushion cut diamond has the aesthetics of an oval cut but with a squarer, softer shape. This cut is available in old mine cut and rose cut as well as modern brilliant cut
Brilliant cut diamonds
Although we specialise in unusual gemstones, we do also use the more commercial brilliant cut diamonds in our work. By using different coloured diamonds or shapes we can create an individual look for your ring.
The pear shape diamond, for example, looks stunning in a brilliant cut. Brilliant cut diamonds sparkle gloriously in many stunning colours. Petrol blue, sumptuous purple, olive green and chocolate brown all radiate in a way that cannot be replicated in any other type of stone, Whether you choose a brilliant cut diamond as a central stone or as a decorative way to compliment it, the allure of this stone will always dazzle you!