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DIAMOND SHAPES

Diamonds come in many shapes, each with a beautiful and unique look and feel. Among the most popular diamond shapes are

Round Brilliant Cut

The most popular of all the diamond shapes are the ubiquitous Round Brilliant Cut. The Round Brilliant is cut with 58 facets allowing light to enter from the top and be reflected throughout the stone. This cut is unique in that Round Cut diamonds sparkle more than any other diamond because of the specific way the facets are cut and aligned. Another advantage that Round Brilliant Cuts enjoy over other shapes is that inclusions are not as visible in them.

Princess Cut

This square-cut diamond is instantly recognizable as a Princess Cut. More affordable than other shapes due to square cut diamonds having good yields and, thus, lower wastage when shaped from rough diamonds. Care must be taken to ensure that the sharp 90 degrees corners are protected by decent claws when set into a ring.

Pear Shape

Pear Shape Diamonds, despite being brilliant to look at, are tricky purchases. Not all Pear Shapes are created equally beautiful; the possibilities of “bow-ties” (grey triangular reflections) being present inside the stone warrants caution before buying. Although small bow-ties are somewhat acceptable, larger bow-ties will cause a noticeably large grey patch in the stone, thereby diminishing its sparkle. Another essential thing to consider while purchasing a Pear Shape Diamond is its length-to-width ratio. An unbalanced ratio will result in either a stone that is too short and wide or one that is too skinny and long; neither of them will look particularly good.

Cushion Cut

The Cushion Cut Diamond has been rising in popularity due to its pleasing shape, a mix of a square and round stone. Cushion Cuts can also be slightly elongated, making them rectangular instead of a regular square. Neither the square nor rectangular Cushion Cut diamonds have any advantages or disadvantages over the other, so choosing one comes down solely to personal preference.

Emerald Cut

Emerald Cuts hold their colour really well but, on the other hand, do not have much brilliance. They are pretty “see-through”, allowing one to look into the facets where stone inclusions may be visible to the naked eye. It is important to look at the length-to-width ratio, ensuring that the stone is neither too skinny and long nor too short and wide to ensure that the Emerald Cut looks beautiful.

Oval Shape

Oval Shaped Diamonds, when chosen correctly, are quite brilliant. Yet, just like with the Pear Shaped Diamonds, care must be taken when purchasing Oval Diamonds to ensure that there are no “bow-ties” (grey triangular reflections) inside the stone. Small bow-ties have minimal impact, but larger bow-ties will cause a large grey patch in the stone and overshadow the diamond’s sparkle. The length-to-width ratio of the oval shape is important since suboptimal ratios will result in the stone being too skinny and long or too short and wide.

Radiant Shape

Radiant Cuts are the perfect companion for people who are a bit rougher with their jewellery since Radiant Cut Diamonds have more durability against chips. They come in either square or rectangular with slanted corners. The Radiant Cut Diamond has the second most brilliance after the Round Brilliant Cut, hence the word Radiance in their name.

Asscher Shape

The Asscher Cut Diamond has a similar appearance to an Emerald Cut Diamond. The main difference between the two is that Asscher is a square with slanted corners. Asscher Cut derived its name from Joseph Asscher, who created the design in the early 1900s.

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