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Did you know that polished diamonds can come in many different shapes and cutting styles?
In recent years, there’s been extensive research made by professionals and scientists to determine which type of shape produces the best sparkle and scintillation pattern. The search for an “Ideal cut” which portrays the maximum beauty of a diamond had conflicting results because beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Hence, the researchers at GIA & AGS came to the conclusion that there is no one cut that’s truly ideal.
Here, we’ll list the ones that are most widely available in the market and we will provide you with some information to help you decide on which shape is best suited for your needs.
A round cut is the first cut for diamonds that truly showcased their brilliance. The proportions and angles were first calculated by Tolkowsky in 1919, and was regarded as the most ideal cut until new tools and techniques made other shapes available at the same, or even more, brilliance.
The princess cut is one of the most popular shapes in diamond jewelry. It has both the elegance of an emerald cut, and the brilliance of a round cut. Another advantage of the princess cut is that it usually appear much larger than a round diamond of the exact same carat weight.
If you are interested in the nitty gritty technical details of analyzing a princess cut diamond, Beyond4cs.com has created an awesome guide here.
The emerald cut is still regarded as the most sophisticated shape for all gemstones alike. Because it doesn’t showcase spark and fire, usually only diamonds of high clarity are cut into this shape to display their purity. Emerald cut diamonds are most mesmerizing in a three stone setting.
A mutation of the round brilliant cut, oval diamonds are popular especially in bigger carat sizes. The ideal proportions of an oval cut is exactly twice as long as it is wide. If it’s too narrow, light will be lost and the center of the stone will appear too dark. If it’s not narrow enough, it will look like a deformed round cut.
The marquise cut is generally used to maximize the weight of a diamond rough. Like the oval cut, it’s ideal proportions are 2 to 1 for length and width. When in the market for a marquise cut diamond, make sure it has good color since they showcase the body color more readily than fire.
The pear shaped diamond is another cutting style used to get the biggest diamond possible from a rough. It is a traditional cut that’s mostly popular for drop earrings and pendants. For engagement ring jewelry, pear shaped diamonds are rarely set as a solitaire because they make beautiful rings when placed among a cluster of other stones.
Heart shaped diamonds are more on the designer side. They are cut for one purpose only – to symbolize love and romance. Due to their irregular shape, some light performance may be lost. However, a well cut heart still displays lots of fire and flare.
So there you have it, we’ve covered the majority of diamond cutting styles that are found in today’s market. Which of them is your favorite style? Let us know by leaving a comment below!