NEED TO KNOW: DIAMOND SHAPE
Basic information on the diamond’s shape is essential in choosing the right engagement ring for your loved one or simply a diamond for you. Each diamond shape determines the gem’s quality, cost and overall appearance. The brilliant round cut diamonds have long been popular and represent a high proportion of engagement rings purchased.
Below, learn about the makings of a quality diamond that I offer.
There are two diamond cut categories—brilliant cuts and step cuts.
Brilliant-cut diamonds refer to diamonds cut in a specific form with a number of facets for exceptional brilliance. In layman’s term, the diamond is cut for a maximised light return that radiates from the centre of the gem.
As the name implies, brilliant-cut diamonds have more brilliance compared with step-cut diamonds. The most common brilliant-cut diamonds include cushion, round, pear and princess.
Step cut, on the other hand, is designed to showcase the clarity of the diamond. It is a cut style featuring long and narrow facets running parallel, in rows, to the girdle on the pavilion and the crown. The most common step-cut diamonds include emerald and Asscher (a square-modified emerald cut).
A “hall of mirrors” effect is produced by step-cut diamonds, while brilliant-cut diamonds create a “crushed ice” effect. Remember, however, that the shape of the diamond is not entirely the same as its cut.
A diamond cut refers to the facet’s individual arrangement that modifies the appearance and shape of the diamond. The higher the light’s reflection, the better the diamond’s cut. For example, three emerald cut diamonds may have different cuts of varying quality.
While there are shapes that are more common and some diamonds are better-valued, the precious gem should echo your personal style or your soon-to-be bride’s personal style as it will be admired and cherished for years to come.
Bold, gentle, quirky, fiery or romantic—Whatever your taste and style, I have every diamond shape for you.
10 MOST COMMON DIAMOND SHAPES
ROUND CUT DIAMONDS
My round cut diamonds are the most commonly purchased diamonds for engagement rings. Around 75% of engagement rings relatively are embellished with stunningly beautiful round brilliants. In fact, round cut diamonds are the most popular diamond shapes, thanks to its excellent light-refraction properties. My round cut diamonds are best renowned for their brilliance and fire.
My princess-cut diamond is the second most popular gem for engagement rings. These brilliant-cut diamonds are crafted with 90-degree corners, forming a stylish square shape. Exuding a modern and sleek vibe, princess-cut diamonds are also all-around, working well with varying rings and settings, the most sought-after being the perfect square shape.
Considered as the more vintage version of the round cut, the cushion-cut diamond was first introduced in the market in the early 1800s and was previously dubbed “old mine cut”. As its name implies, my cushion-cut diamonds feature rounded edges, forming a pillow-like shape that’s gentle but rich in history.
EMERALD CUT DIAMONDS
Although initially developed for emeralds, the emerald-cut diamonds usually come in elegant rectangular shapes. My emerald-cut diamonds are more transparent compared with the other shapes thanks to its wide table and reduced depth. Its step facets and bevelled corners exude a mirror-like glow.
Asscher-cut diamonds are named after the renowned diamond cutter Joseph Asscher who first introduced this step-cut diamond in 1902. My Asscher-cut diamonds have a timeless look thanks to their uniquely angled cropped corners.
Compared to the emerald cut, the Asscher cut has a high crown, smaller table and with larger steps, overall exuding a scintillating brilliance that complements both contemporary solitaire settings and attractive vintage-style designs.
Radiant-cut diamonds are relatively new to the market, having been born more than 20 years ago, compared with the other shapes. The radiant cut is basically a hybrid of the iconic round cut and the elegant emerald cut, allowing the radiant cut to provide both shape and glittering vitality. My radiant-cut diamonds are memorable for their beautifully elegant and stunning glow filled with fire.
OVAL CUT DIAMONDS
Oval cut diamonds are cut with the same number of facets as that of the round cut diamonds, emitting almost the same level of fire and brilliance. Thanks to its symmetrical shape, a comparatively small diamond appears larger than the round diamond of equal carat.
PEAR CUT DIAMONDS
Also referred as teardrop or a drop-cut diamond, my pear-cut diamonds exude elegance. This diamond’s distinguishing teardrop design is the result of the cross between a marquise cut and a round brilliance, resulting in an intensely radiant glow that gracefully flatters the hand.
MARQUISE CUT DIAMONDS
Rumoured to have been specially developed for King Louis XIV of France, a marquise-cut diamond simulates the smile of Marquise de Pompadour. This bold and brave cut is tapered to a point on each end resulting in a dramatically beautiful appeal.
HEART-SHAPED CUT DIAMONDS
My heart-shaped diamonds live up to its name. It has symbolised what a wedding proposal is about—love. This pretty and romantic shape has faceted sections that are balanced that sparkle given any setting, although this is one of the most demanding cuts to form.