Updated: May 3
Cut diamonds come in a variety of forms. The round brilliant cut is distinguished from the so-called "fancy" cuts, such as princess, emerald, oval, and so on, as well as numerous others.
The round brilliant shape is without a doubt the most accomplished, having undergone the most extensive research into appropriate proportions. It's also the most traditional, the most universal, with all the meaning associated with the circle.
The quality of proportions and size will substantially influence the price of "fancy" sizes, which are often less expensive than round sizes, which are more difficult to evaluate.
The cut diamond's shape is usually defined by the shape of the original raw diamonds and the location of the inclusions.
Below we will introduce you to each of the main shapes. The preference for one over the other is very personal: it is a purely aesthetic choice. But it also depends on the style of jewelry you want. In addition to the shape, there are other criteria to consider when choosing a diamond: cut, clarity, weight and color.
THE ROUND BRILLIANT DIAMOND
The round brilliant cut, with its flawless and ageless elegance, is the undisputed treasure. The stone has 57 facets and was calibrated by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919 to give it maximum brilliance and sparkle. Because it is the most brilliant, this shape has been the most sought-after since then. All of its size parameters are noted in the certificates of the GIA, HRD, and IGI laboratories (the three most reputable). The scale goes from Fair (poor) to Excellent (excellent). Diamonds with a cut grade of Very Good or Excellent are recommended.
THE PRINCESS CUT
Architectural jewelry with pure lines is especially well suited to the princess. It's a square or rectangular cut with 76 facets that offer a bright gleam. A princess cut diamond is smaller and less expensive than a round brilliant diamond of the same size. The table's width necessitates a high level of purity. As a result, for princess sizes, we favor IF-VVS-VS purities above SI1-SI2 and Piqué purities.
THE EMERALD CUT
It was traditionally reserved for emerald stones, which is how it got its name. The Emerald cut produces a translucent light that is one-of-a-kind. It's a distinguished cut, simple but elegant. Requires high-purity diamonds: the table is crucial, and even the tiniest flaw is evident. As a result, the emerald diamond must be flawless or VVS-VS. In the worst-case scenario, SI1, but the inclusions must be on the side.
THE OVAL SHAPE
The oval waist's 56 facets provide a distinctively modern shape that combines the classicism of the round brilliant with the beautiful elegance of more extended shapes like the marquise and pear. The oval shaped diamond is commonly used as a center stone in solitaires or rings, but it can also be used as a surrounding stone. There are also some stunning oval diamond wedding bands available.
The marquise cut is the ideal form for optimizing carat weight by emphasizing the diamond's size. Its unusual form makes the wearer's hands and fingers appear longer and slender. The length to width ratio of a diamond determines its outline, as well as the shape and appearance of the diamond.
THE PEAR SHAPED DIAMOND
The teardrop design of pear shaped diamonds is remarkable, combining round and marquise shapes. The narrow pear form slims down fingers and hands while also giving them a smooth and delicate appeal. Because pear-shaped diamonds are cut to maximize brilliance, it's critical to look for symmetry.
THE CUSHIONED DIAMOND
The cushion-shaped diamond, also known as a pillow-cut diamond, is a classic cut that gets its name from its pillow-like form. Cushion-cut diamonds are distinguished by their rounded corners and bigger facets, which give them exceptional brilliance and clarity. Diamonds in square and rectangular shapes are available.
THE ASSCHER-CUT DIAMOND
Because of their similar cut style, Asscher-cut diamonds are frequently mistaken for emerald-cut diamonds. An Asscher, on the other hand, is square rather than rectangle. The Asscher-cut, which dates back to the early 1920s, has recently regained favor, particularly among celebrities.