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Diamonds Shapes/Cuts

Round Brilliant
Round Brilliant is the first shape with ideal proportions, which has greatly popularized diamonds as jewelry. The mathematician who created the Brilliant applied his knowledge of geometry mathematics to design a perfect diamond shape with an elusive sparkle and achieve a perfect light reflection. Mostly used for engagement rings and wedding bands, Round will show its beauty on earrings too. The glitter possesses incredible ability to amaze the viewer, even as a loose diamond. Round shapes are excellent when mounted as the center stone with gems on each side.

The rectangular Emerald diamonds may be mistakenly confused with emerald gemstones. The same cutting technique was practiced on the diamond and the Emerald shape was born. Width is twice its length and depth percentage vary around 60%. Polished facets reveal the shape's quality, simultaneously making it prone to scratches.

Just like all brilliant shapes, the Oval has 58 facets that provide an amazing visual experience to the observer.The preferred ratio is 1.5 while the clarity grade should as high as possible. This diamond has an essential advantage in comparison to other shapes as the rounded points can't be easily chipped since sharpening isn't traditional for Ovals. The shape is suitable for women with shorter fingers because diamond extends the visual aspect. Side-stone set or three diamond ring is the worthiest choice for such an adorable diamond shape.

Marquise diamond is the first shape specially designed to be used as a present. The diamond was brought to the Marquise de Pompadour in order to point out her irresistible lips! The shape is stretched, usually ranges 2:1 aspect ratio, and has sharp peaks. Diamonds such as Marquise or the other prolonged shapes will compliment someone with long fingers. This shape looks very elegant if decorated with accent gems as side diamonds on a engagement or wedding ring.

Pear is sometimes called "Teardrop" because its shape reminds on a droplet. One peak is sharpened while the other side is curved so it is suitable and used for a pendant or earrings to a great extent. Length-to-width ratio is from 1.45 to 1.75, an elongated outline is typical for the Pear. When placed on the ring finger, diamond should be towards the finger thus the rounded part faces upward. Negative bow-tie and high-shoulders effects are common for the Pear diamonds.

Radiant shape diamonds is the most famous hybrid cut also considered as the first fancy diamond. The features of brilliants, in addition to advantageous attributes of step-cut diamonds, unite the finest properties of the greatest shapes. Radiant is a relatively young shape but in itsshort history has quickly became celebrated. Shapes like Radiant are popular due the possibility to paint it with a colored background. Certified Radiant diamonda are frequently seen on rings, studs, and pendants or bracelets.

Unsurprisingly the Heart shapes have romantic symbolism. It is usually given on Valentine's Day or an important anniversary gift. The shape emerged from the Pear diamonds, a curved part of the diamond is split in half. The arches make it appear like a heart. The cutting of the precious stone must be perfectly accurate to create this pristine symbol of love.

Princess is the second highest selling shape of diamond. The optical properties are good and resistance to surface damages will give you a guarantee for durability. Ratio ranges 1.0 or just a little more since the diamond is traditionally squared. The Princess cut diamonds look like an inverted pyramid so the top is almost always fixed on a ring. Like all fancy shapes, pick the greatest clarity as possible because you won't have troubles with slightly colored edges. Three stone and solitaire rings are the best options for Princess shape.

Asscher cut diamonds are square in shape and represent Art Deco design style. The shape was developed by the Asscher brothers from Amsterdam, the famous home for diamond cutting. Modifications allowed diamonds to return the light much better than other step cuts which took it to the top for some time period. A new version, Royal Asscher has additional facets and are therefore rare. Baguette, solitaire rings and even pendants fit with an Asscher but engagement setting or a pair of earrings look extremely attractive.

Cushion or "pillow" cut was fashionable during the Victorian era, two centuries ago, and then returned again in a vintage style. Cushion is also called "Candlelight diamond" because watching it near a candle offered a considerable glow. 58 facet pattern, in a rectangular or square shape depending on a ratio. Like all diamonds, prongs hold it on the stand, mostly of the ring. Cushion is seldom seen but leaves a strong impression of the royal diamond.

Triangle-shaped diamonds are categorised under two main groups: slightly curved Trilliant diamonds and straight-sided Trielle (Trillion) diamonds. The shape is characterized by symmetrical triangle, offering the same brilliance as other diamonds with more facets. Trilliant diamonds have 31 facets or 50 for Trielle, they are often seen as accents stones, as well as single pieces.


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