The term ‘cabochon cut’ simply refers to a manner of cutting a gemstone. This cut is often utilised to show off depth of colour and characteristics like cat’s eyes and stars. Shaped, domed and polished, they reflect light in a soft glow, rather than sparkling in the same manner as facet-cut stones. They are most often found as ovals – and the colour will be more opaque than a faceted version of the same gemstone.
This cut has been around for a long time, probably since about the 14th Century – although particularly nice examples can be found in bold, oversize retro jewellery from the 1950s and 1960s; iconic jewellers like Bulgari and David Webb are known for using cabochon cut stones throughout their collections.
At O’Reilly’s this month there are three particularly striking examples of cabochon cuts. There is an emerald, ruby and sapphire cabochon; all are surrounded by diamonds and set into fabulous dress rings. Punchy and colourful, they will make a stylish addition to any cocktail hour!
Lot 59; A CARTIER RUBY AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING, the cabachon ruby to a diamond surround, diamond shoulders, mounted in 18ct yellow gold, signed Cartier
Lot 153; A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING, the cabachon sapphire to a two tiered diamond surround, mounted in white gold
Lot 154; AN EMERALD AND DIAMOND CLUSTER RING, the cabachon emerald to a two tiered diamond surround, mounted in white gold