Diamonds are a girl's best friend and every diamond has its own story – it is up to you which one you will call yours. When choosing a diamond, shape is one of the most important factors to consider as shapes and outlines of a diamond have a major impact on its appearance.
Beyond the fact that each shape caters exclusively to your personal taste, each is also scrupulously and scientifically cut to expose a diamond's best characteristics. At Empress Diamonds we offer the most coveted diamond shapes.
A round, brilliant cut is the most famous and the most common cut in the industry. 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 year 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 Anniston or Khloe Kardashian wear radiant shapes on their engagement rings.
Cushion shapes were introduced into the industry in 1830, making a diamond history for hundreds of years. These are cut into square or rectangular shape 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 shape 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 its pavilion.
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 of "fatter" look.
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.
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 diamond creates an illusion of long fingers. It is popular as an heirloom jewellery. When 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.