Diamonds are formed into many shapes. Each shape is unique and has a different look and effect. Here are some of the most popular diamond shapes:
The Round Brilliant Cut is the most popular of all the diamond shapes. The Round Brilliant is cut with 58 facets allowing the light to be reflected throughout the stone. Due to the way it is cut, it sparkles more than any of the other diamonds. Inclusions are not as visible in the Round brilliant Cut like they are with some of the other stones.
The Princess Cut Diamond is a square-cut diamond. Due to the corners being at 90 degrees, the corners must be protected by decent claws when set into a ring. Princess Cut Diamonds are well priced since they do not have much wastage when cut from a rough diamond.
Pear Shape Diamonds are quite brilliant. However, caution is needed when purchasing to make sure that there are no “bow-ties” (grey triangular reflections) inside the stone. Small bow-ties are fine, but larger bow-ties will cause a large grey patch in the stone, detracting its sparkle. It is important to look at the length-to-width ratio of the Pear Shape Diamond, as a stone that is too skinny and long or a stone that is too short and wide would not look so good.
The Cushion Cut Diamond has become quite popular in recent years. Cushion Cuts can be rectangular or square. Neither of those is better than the other, it is just personal preference. The Cushion Cut appears to be a mix of a square and round stone.
While Emerald Cuts do not have much brilliance, they hold their colour really well. They are quite “see-through” allowing one to look into the facets where stone inclusions may be visible to the naked eye. To make sure that the Emerald Cut looks nice, it is important to look at the length-to-width ratio, making sure that the stone is not too skinny and long or too short and wide.
Oval Shaped Diamonds are quite brilliant. However, like the Pear Shaped Diamonds, caution is needed when purchasing to make sure that there are no “bow-ties” (grey triangular reflections) inside the stone. Small bow-ties are fine, but larger bow-ties will cause a large grey patch in the stone, detracting its sparkle. It is important to look at the length-to-width ratio of the oval shape, making sure that the stone is not too skinny and long or too short and wide.
Radiant Cuts are either square or rectangular with slanted corners. Radiant Cut Diamonds have more durability against chips, which is great for those who are rough with their jewellery. The Radiant Cut Diamond has the second most brilliance after the Round Brilliant Cut.
Asscher Cut Diamond was created by Joseph Asscher in the early 1900s. The Asscher Cut Diamond has a similar appearance to an Emerald Cut Diamond with the main difference being that it is square with slanted corners.
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