Before the shine and the perfect edges, diamonds and gemstones are once rough and unpolished. Thanks to the work and craftsmanship of stone cutters, the world sees the brilliance and true colour of the stones. This article talks about the different types of diamond and gemstone cut. And we hope it helps you identify the best cut for your bespoke jewellery.
The Emerald Cut
Emerald Cut exudes elegance and refinement. The cut is achieved from the shape of a rectangle from the top while trimming down the corners. The gem’s color and clarity are of utmost importance in this cut than the sparkle of the gem itself. As the name suggests, this design is precisely in use to cut the emerald gemstone.
The Heart Cut
The heart cut diamonds are a modified version of a brilliant cut diamond. This cut is fiery and offers a great deal of sparkle to the stone. The key to choosing a good heart cut shape lies in the symmetry of the stone.
This is also known as the square emerald cut or often labeled as cut-cornered square step cut, a square emerald cut or an octagonal cut by the GIA. Asscher cut engagement rings are popular amongst the Hollywood starlets. Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Ashlee Simpson and, Resse Witherspoon sports this particular cut in their engagement rings.
The Princess Cut
This cut is characterized by its geometric, sharp square shape. The best features of this cut are brilliantly observed in transparent gemstones by light, noticeable contemporary cut with angular strong lines and a pyramidical shape with four beveled sides. The princess cut retains almost eighty percent of its original weight.
The Radiant Cut
It is the combination of the princess and a cushion cut. This is one of the trendiest cuts in the block where a square or the octagon shape is cropped off instead of giving it a round cut. This cut retains the modern square cut without sacrificing the fire and brilliance aspect of a round cut gem. On GIA grading reports, it is often referred to as a cut cornered, rectangular or square, modified brilliant.
The elongated stone gives an illusion of greater size and many appreciate that these cuts will make fingers appear longer and more slender. The points at each end of a marquise cut diamond are a clear display of internal and external strength. It is beieved that in the mid 1700s, the cut was developed for King Louis XIV, who commissioned a diamond in the shape of the lips of his lover, the Marquise of Pompadour. Couples choosing this share are in luck because they are generally less expensive and looks bigger too.
The Oval Cut
Oval cut diamonds are simply an elongated round brilliant cut, but the appeal of these loose diamonds goes much deeper. The Oval is an ideal choice for someone who likes the look of a round diamond but wants something more unique. They also have an added advantage of creating the illusion of a larger stone.
If you're looking for a diamond that will stand our from the crowd, a trillion shape could be the option for you. Also called the trilliant or triangle diamonds, these stones have a large face up size and attractive prices. However, finding one could be difficult. A trillion cut diamond will look larger than a round with the same carat weight. In fact, it doesn't just look larger, it actually has a 12% bigger surface.
The pear diamond is also known as the teardrop or pendeloque cut and unlike and other diamond cut. It's called a modified brilliant cut, one that blends the Marquise and oval cuts with the one rounded end and a point on the other. It's signature silhoutte is instantly recognised and much loved.
We hope this guide simplified your choice of diamond cuts. Choosing the best stone for your engagement ring or to simply celebrate self love should not be daunting. We can help you view the stone before committing to a purchase. When you visit our studio, we have a range of diamond cuts that we can show you on our virtual guide and you can choose to order one on 'appro' to ensure it is the right one for you.
The stones are also set in our very own studio, which means you don't part with your diamond and jewellery for a long time and best of all, you know the person who made it.
By: Lorraine Marsh