A round, brilliant cut is the most famous and common cut you will find. Diamond cutters have used innovative, scientific theories of light reflection and detailed mathematical calculations to boost its fire and brilliance. A round cut diamond has 58 surfaces divided between its crown, girdle and pavilion and a distinctive ratio between 1.00 and 1.02 that brings about an all-out shine, sparkles the most and is the most expensive.
Asscher is a diamond cut into a square or rectangular shape with cut corners. It is considered by many to be a softer version of the emerald shape. An illustrious shape matches vintage style rings while its near-architectural cut makes it a perfect choice for Art Deco designs. It has a hallway lined with reflective mirrors, radiating a great deal of brilliance.
Radiant cuts were introduced over twenty years ago, but this distinctive shape is an exquisite hybrid of a traditional round cut and an elegant emerald cut. They come in square, near-square, or rectangular orientations. A complex, 7-faceted cut gives out remarkable brilliance. Hollywood A-list celebrities, like Jennifer Aniston and Khloe Kardashian, wear radiant shapes on their engagement rings.
Cushion shapes were introduced in 1830. These are cut into square or rectangular shapes with smooth-edged corners and sides. The qualities of the cushion cut vary more than those of other shapes, and personal taste plays a major role.
Also known as a “step cut”, the emerald-shaped diamond is less fiery with its step-like appearance which gives it a classy appeal. The Emerald shape consists of 57 facets: 25 on the crown and 32 on it’s pavilion.
Oval diamonds have 58 facets with a standard ratio between 1.33 and 1.66. This shape enhances carat weight and its elongated shape makes it look bigger than the RBC of a similar weight. The oval cut is also an ideal choice for more slender fingers.
Pear is recognised as a distinctively hybrid cut that incorporates the brilliance and the stunning design of both Round and Marquise. The usual ratio stays between 1.50 and 1.70 and the shape consists of 58 facets, although the number of pavilion facets ranges from 4 to 8. Pear-shaped diamonds may vary in appearance with some having a longer or "fatter" look.
The heart-shaped diamond has 56 to 58 facets with 6-8 pavilion facets. This unique shape is similar to a pear-cut diamond, differentiated by two rounded edges and a cleft at the top. Being one of the most demanding diamond cuts, a heart-shaped stone requires great skill and dexterity on the part of a cutter.
Princess cut diamonds are square or slightly rectangular in shape. Pointed corners and an array of intricate facets give the diamond an inherent sparkle. If you are interested in contemporary styles, consider the Princess cut.
Marquise-shaped diamonds create the illusion of long fingers. The diamond is popular as an heirloom jewellery piece. When a Marquise is worn as a ring, it promotes an elongated, slender look. This cut maximises carat weight, making a diamond look bigger than a round cut of the same carat weight.
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