If you want the gem of your dreams, you need to be familiar with the four Cs of diamonds. They’ll help you choose a quality gem you’ll love at a fair price.
The first C you need to master is, without a doubt, cut.
The cut of a diamond means the stone’s shape, as well as the quality of the treatment the diamond received while it was adapted to a particular form, and this is… really important.
A poor cut will steal a diamond’s beauty, while an optimal one will increase its value.
In this post, we’ll explain everything you need to know to understand and choose the cut that suits your style, personality, and budget.
These are our favorite diamond cuts:
Let’s begin with a classic.
It’s the cut that comes to mind when we talk about diamond rings. The modern round brilliant cut is the most popular diamond shape and it accounts for more than 75% of all diamond sales.
The round cut was created by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919 as a gem with 58 facets, helping the refracted light cascade from the bottom to the top, giving it plenty of sparkle.
Considering the majority of the rough diamond is lost during the process of cutting, round diamonds tend to be a bit more expensive than other cuts.
The exact price difference will vary depending on the color, carat, and clarity (more on those later). Typically, they can be about 30% more expensive than other cuts of the same size and quality.
This white gold stretch ring with black and white diamonds is a perfect example of how to use round diamonds to create a tasteful and eye-catching look.
2. Princess Cut
A romantic cut, the princess shape was invented in 1961 in London. The designer Arpad Nagy coined the name of this square shaped diamond.
This cut gives the gem a high number of facets (surfaces or “faces”), which varies depending on the jeweler and shaper’s desire.
However, its pyramidal shape creates more light dispersion than any other square shaped cut, making it popular for both solitaire engagement rings and earrings. This cut gives more room for light to shine while concealing any flaws the gem may have.
Take a look at this white gold flexible band ring with round and princess cut diamonds and draw your own conclusions on the princess cut’s classic character and shine.
3. Emerald Cut
This glamorous cut was made for confident women only.
Created in the stylish Art Deco era, the emerald cut is a rectangular shape with long facets down its sides. Its flat top highlights a diamond’s clarity better than other cuts.
As you may have guessed by its name, this cut was originally developed for emerald gems, but it was eventually also adapted for diamonds and other gems.
Check out this stunning white gold ring with emerald -and round- cut diamonds, expertly set to create the look of a much larger stone.
The marquise cut has an air of history and royalty, which may have something to do with its origins.
Created in the 18th century, it was allegedly inspired by the Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV. Its pointed elliptical shape gives it a larger profile and “pop.” If you’re looking for a setting that offers a clearer view of the color of the diamond, this cut is ideal for showing it off.
This white gold diamond ring combines marquise, pear, and round cut diamonds assembled in the shape of two beautiful flowers. Note how the marquise cut stones give the flower petals their delicate, tapered shape.
5. Oval Cut
Another popular shape, especially in a solitaire setting, the oval is a versatile cut which can stand out on its own surrounded by other gems.
Its elongated shape can give the illusion of length to shorter hands.
Check out this exquisite white gold stretch ring with dazzling oval diamonds and you’ll need no further explanations.
6. Pear Cut
This cut is the lovechild of the marquise and oval. It resembles a teardrop: tapered at the top and wide in the bottom.
Pear shaped diamonds are popular with pendants and earrings, but don’t dismiss a pear cut for rings. Because of its shape, it can hold its own as a solitaire ring perfectly.
This exceptional 18kt rose gold cocktail ring showcases sparkling round and pear shape diamonds in a flexible mounting.
7. Heart Cut
If you’re a hopeless romantic and love to shout it to the world, this is the cut for you. A rare cut, the heart demands plenty of precision on the jeweler’s side to create a shiny gem you’ll love.
For example, take a look at this white gold bypass ring with heart shaped diamonds and feel the love.
8. Asscher Cut
Known as the cousin of the emerald cut, the asscher is unique because of its square shape and thick profile. The corners tend to be clipped, which creates a lovely balance between light and dark.
It was created in 1902 by the Asscher brothers of Amsterdam, and it’s very popular among the lovers of vintage-shaped gems.
9. Cushion Cut
The cushion or pillow cut is a glamorous mix between an asscher and an emerald cut. A round-cornered lozenge, the cushion features large facets for extra shine.
If you’re looking for a cushion cut, your best bet is to pick a diamond with a high carat, as it’s easier for the jeweler to make the cut in larger stones.
10. Radiant Cut
We end this list with the radiant mixed cut, evoking elements from the emerald and the princess cuts. It’s a rectangular gem, made unique with its clipped corners to create facet and interest.
The radiant cut’s facets are arranged in such a way that allows the gem to fully shine.
Now that you are an expert on cuts, it might be time for you to get familiar with the other 3 C’s of diamonds: carat, color, and clarity. Click the banner below and download our Ultimate Guide on How To Buy a Diamond, created by true jewelry experts.
After all, when you’re about to start an eternal relationship, everything should be perfect.
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