The Guide to Diamond

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ROUND

The round, or brilliant, cut has always been the most popular shape. This shape has been loved for centuries and is still widely chosen by brides today. One of the reasons for the popularity of the round shaped diamond is the ease with which it can be cut to have maximum fire and brilliance. A round diamond is a good bet for the woman
who wants a very traditional ring.

OVAL

Oval diamonds have also been popular for many years, and are still favored by many traditional brides. Oval diamonds often appear bigger because of the elongated shape of the stone.

MARQUIS

Marquise diamonds are much like oval diamonds, but with a point at the top and bottom of the stone. This cut also gives the illusion of being very large.

PRINCESS

The Princess is a square cut diamond. Today, the Princess cut is as popular among brides as the round diamond.

EMERALD

The Emerald diamond is rectangular in shape, and cut with brilliant rectangular facets, as well. This diamond has exceptional sparkle because of these facets. Traditionally, emerald cut diamonds were only used for very large stones. However, these diamonds are beautiful in an size and actually appear larger than their true size because of the diamond’s shape.

ASSCHER

The Asscher cut diamond is a hybrid between the Princess and the Emerald cuts. The diamond is a square cut, like the Princess, but with facets like the Emerald.

PEAR

Sometimes referred to as a “teardrop” diamond, the pear shape is rounded on one end and pointed on the other. This is another shape that can appear deceptively large.

HEART

The heart shape is self-explanatory. Though the heart is the symbol of love, this shape is actually one of the less popular for engagement rings.

CUSHION

Cushion (or Pillow) diamonds are much like Radiant diamonds, but with a greater number of facets on the surface. Radiant diamonds are often inset into rings, rather than sitting on top, such as in a traditional Tiffany setting.

RADIANT

The Radiant diamond is much like a Princess cut, but with rounded corners. It is often set with round or baguette shaped side diamonds.

TRIANGULAR 

With three straight or slightly curved sides, preferably of equal length, the Triangular Brilliant Cut is a generic term for a shape that today also is referred to as the Trillion, Trilliant and sometime the Trill.

RECTANGULAR

Not all radiants are rectangular, like the one in this image.  When they are square, the term used is Cut Cornered Square Modified Brilliant.  Makes sense, right.  We told you the long name had meaning! It doesn’t matter whether a radiant cut stone is square or rectangular, both will have cut corners.

TRAPEZOID

This highly original and relatively new shape brings a modern yet sophisticated twist to the ever widening search for the perfect side stone.The trapezoid is a blend of clean extending lines with eye catching angles, and seems to be bringing some rivalry to the more common shapes which we associate with supporting stones.  This shape is versatile as it comes in several forms, making it pair well with a large spectrum of center stones, mainly used in engagement ring.

SQUARE EMERALD

One of the first cuts to be used in jewelry, the emerald cut is a rectangular shape with truncated corners and a broad and flat plane that resembles stair steps when viewed from above. This style is referred to as a ‘step cut’. The emerald is usually comprised of 57 facets (with 25 on the crown and 32 on the pavilion), although the number of rows of facets on both the crown and pavilion can vary, altering the total number of facets for this cut.

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