Diamond Shapes And Cuts From International Diamond Center
Diamonds come in many shapes and sizes. No particular cut is necessarily better than another, as each diamond cut is unique in its own right and brings out a diamond’s natural beauty and shine. However, a person who is investing in a diamond ring, earring set or necklace will naturally want to choose the cut that best reflects his or her sense of style. International Diamond Center carries many loose diamonds in many different cuts to select the perfect stone. Following is an overview of some of the most popular options:
Round Cut – The round cut is the most popular diamond cut on the market. It brings out a diamond’s brilliance and is versatile enough to be used for all types of jewelry. Diamond researchers have been examining the light behavior to optimize the fire and brilliance of the round cut diamonds for hundreds of years. The round stone is the most forgiving of characteristics such as color, cut, and clarity. The cut is very important when selecting a round diamond to direct more light for more brilliance.
Princess Cut – The princess cut is usually square in shape, but can also be a slightly rectangular diamond. This cut leaves a diamond with pointed corners and gives it numerous facets so that it reflects light and stands out. The princess cut diamond shape combines the brilliance of the round cut diamonds to the shape of the emerald cut diamonds and is the second most popular choice for engagement and wedding rings. With princess cut diamonds color is very important as it may be shown more in the corners of the stone
Emerald Cut – The emerald cut gets its name from the fact that it was originally used for the cut of emerald stones. It is rectangular in size but has step facet cuts into it to create a unique look. The emerald cut is a unique look as it tends to be less fiery than a round or princess cut. Emerald cut diamonds have a timeless and elegant beauty. The emerald cut diamond is best when placed in a four-pronged setting to keep in mind when selecting an engagement ring. When selecting emerald cut diamonds the clarity is key due to the larger, open table and faucet cuts.
Asscher Cut – The asscher cut shares many characteristics of emerald cut diamonds, expect the shape is square not rectangular. The cut was developed by the Asscher Brothers of Holland in 1902 and is often referred to as the “square emerald cut”. As with the emerald cut diamonds, the stone has step cuts creating a unique look to the popular princess cut. As with the emerald cut, the clarity is very important with the large cut faucets and open table.
Marquise Cut – The marquise cut maximizes a diamond’s weight and make a stone appear larger than it actually is. It was given the name marquise, french for little boat as it resembles the hull of a sailboat. The marquise cut diamond is similar to the round with the brilliance or sparkle to the stone. This particular cut looks very good on rings, as it gives a woman’s finger a slender appearance. Marquise diamonds look particularly good when paired together with smaller diamonds that have been given a round or pear-shaped cut.
Oval Cut – The oval cut diamond shares many similarities to the round cut to achieve the brilliance of the stone. Lazare Kaplan created the oval cut diamond in the late 1950’s as a variation to the more common round cut diamond. The oval is a good cross between the round and marquise cut diamond. The dimensions of the oval can vary for the length to width ratio to appear more or less oval. The length of oval cut diamond can slim the look of the finger and is also a popular choice for large diamonds to fit the hand.
Cushion Cut – The cushion cut diamond is also commonly referred to as a pillow cut or candlelight diamond. Cushion cut diamonds have rounded corners and large facets that reflect light well. These diamonds have been popular for many years as a antique or vintage style and are commonly used for diamond rings, necklaces and earrings. Cushion cut diamonds are usually square in shape but can also be rectangular.
Contact us to schedule an appointment to see the diamond shapes and cuts in person, as all diamond shapes and cuts can vary from photographs. All IDC sales associates are certified diamontologist and happy to show loose diamonds and explain each of the different characteristics of the diamonds and diamond jewelry options.