More On Diamonds

More On Diamonds

Round diamonds are the most popular diamond cut. Spherical proportions in this traditional cut display the most brightness and fire, which reflect more light back to the observer than any other shape. A round cut diamond consists of 57 facets (58 with a culet), 33 on the top portion (crown) and 25 facets on the base of the stone (pavilion). The combined popularity of round diamonds and the significant weight loss during the cutting process keeps this shape atop the market’s pricing scale. The shape accounts for more than 75% of all diamonds sold in today’s market.


The princess cut diamond is the most popular fancy diamond shape, and ranks second only to the round. The princess cut is a square cut with pointed corners that may interfere with fire and brightness emitted to its observer, so careful selection is important. Stones that are cut properly have very good fire and a high degree of brightness. Pricing of the princess cut tends be more inviting than comparable rounds because it utilizes most of the original rough. The princess cut has grown in popularity over the past few years.


The oval cut is an elliptical version of a round brilliant and, if well proportioned and cut properly, gives great fire, brightness, and scintillation. The oval cut diamond gives a flattering illusion of length to the finger, and is popular with women who have small hands. Because of its elongated shape and curvature, the oval is considered a very classical and elegant cut.


The marquise cut, if well proportioned, is a slender striking shape that is a variation of the round. With its larger table for carat weight than traditional shapes, the “bow-tie effect” is typical for this cut and its visibility is dependent upon how well the stone is cut. Its unique elongated form has the ability to create the illusion of longer, narrower fingers.


Emerald cuts have a window-like transparency that makes these stones both classic and elegant. This shape highlights the clarity factor of the diamond. A clarity characteristic (inclusion) on an emerald cut diamond is often more apparent to the naked eye than it would be on a round cut diamond. A well proportioned emerald cut can be truly stunning. Its long lines help it provide broader flashes, but tend to be less fiery than a round shape diamond. The sophisticated visual appearance displayed by the emerald cut continues to make it a very popular shape.


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The asscher cut diamond is a variation of the emerald cut. Its art deco style brings a level of regal sophistication and elegance to its owner. Similar to an emerald cut diamond, the asscher cut tends to expose the clarity characteristics (inclusions) making it more apparent to the naked eye. A properly proportioned asscher cut stone can display incredible beauty and compose striking jewelry.


Many refer to the heart shape diamond as the most sentimental of all the shapes. The heart shape also falls under a variation of the round brilliant, but it is really a pear shape with a clef instead of round edges on top. It is incredibly difficult to cut a piece of diamond rough into a beautiful (polished) heart shape diamond. The skill of the cutter determines the beauty which highlights its even lobes and outline.


The pear shape is the tear-drop and a variation of the round brilliant shape. Many of the world’s most famous gemstones have been cut and faceted into the pear shape. The combined oval and marquise cuts make up the pear shape, which provides an exquisite diamond shape for use in quality jewelry especially earrings and pendants, as well as engagement rings.


The radiant falls into a dual class of brilliant cut square or rectangle shaped diamond with rounded edges. It is a classic union of the popular round brilliant and elegant emerald cut stone with superior brightness which provides the unique appearance of cracked ice. The more square radiant cut continues to be the favorite of many, but more consumers are taking to the rectangular shape as well.


Cushion-cut diamonds have rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance under varied lighting conditions which is why many refer to it as the candlelight or pillow cut diamond. Because the cushion cut diamond usually appears larger than its actual weight, it is an ideal diamond choice for many who would like the look of a larger diamond at a better diamond value. The antique allure of the cushion cut has continued to gain popularity and offers a great deal of design possibilities for pave style engagement rings.


The triangle cut diamond was first designed in Amsterdam; the cut provides a fiery brightness and comes in the traditional triangular shape or the more rounded corners triangular shape. Trillions, also known as trilliants or triangles are best known for their accent role in rings and other jewelry. The stand alone capability of this shape also lends its flexibility to be presented as a solitaire

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