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SHAPES

Diamonds are formed into many shapes. Each shape is unique and has a different look and effect to the other shapes. Here are some of the most popular diamond shapes:

Round Brilliant Cut

The Round Brilliant Cut is the most popular of all the diamond shapes. The Round Brilliant is cut with 58 facets, reflecting the light 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.

Princess Cut

The Princess Cut Diamond is square in shape. Due to their corners being at 90 degrees, it is very important that the corners are protected by decent claws when set into a ring. Princess cut diamonds are well priced due to the fact that they do not have much wastage when cut from a rough diamond

Pear Shape

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 as a stone that is too skinny and long or a stone that is too short and wide would not look so nice.

Cushion Cut

The cushion cut diamond has become quite popular in recent years. Cushion cuts can be rectangular or square in shape. Neither of those is better than the other, it is just personal preference. The cushion cut appears to be a mis of a square and round stone.

Emerald Cut

Emerald Cuts do not have much brilliance, however they hold their colour really well. They are quite “see-through” into the facets and stones with inclusions may be visible to the naked eye. It is important to look at the length-to-width ratio of the emerald cut as a stone that is too skinny and long or a stone that is too short and wide would not look so nice.

Oval Shape

Oval 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 oval shape as a stone that is too skinny and long or a stone that is too short and wide would not look so nice.

Radiant Shape

Radiant Cuts are either square or rectangular in shape with slanted corners. Radiant cuts 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 Shape

Asscher Cut diamonds were created by Joseph Asscher in the early 1900s. The Asscher cut diamond has a similar appearance to an emerald cut, however is square in shape with slanted corners.