Asscher Cut Diamonds
Considered a revolutionary concept when it was first cut, the Asscher diamond was created and named after the owners of the Royal Asscher Diamond Company. Although not exceptionally popular, the Asscher cut has its advantages and Asscher diamond engagement rings are perfect for those who love vintage style. Its architectural cutting style makes it perfect for art deco ring designs, which have caught the eye of many avant-garde diamond connoisseurs.
Cushion Cut Diamonds
Possessing a character-rich antique look, the cushion cut diamond is a favorite center stone option for those who prefer vintage style engagement rings and jewelry. The cushion cut gets its vintage appeal from a number of historical cushion diamonds, including the renowned Hope Diamond. Cushion cuts are usually square or slightly rectangular and are often described as pillow-shaped. Antique cushions were cut using step facets until Marcel Tolkowsky introduced the new method of cutting cushions with brilliant facets; the same faceting technique as a modern round cut diamond. This technique added more fire and TIJ and a cushion cut this way is commonly referred to as a “cushion brilliant”.
Emerald Cut Diamonds
Emerald diamonds are the epitome of class and sophistication. The emerald cut is rectangular (square emeralds are commonly referred to as Asscher cut diamonds) with cut corners and rows of step-facets that reflect off each other. This effect is sometimes referred to as a “hallway of mirrors”. Because of its large step-facets (as opposed to brilliant-facets), inclusions are easier to detect in an emerald diamond with the naked eye. For this reason, we recommend selecting a diamond clarity grade of SI1 or higher when selecting an emerald cut.
Heart Cut Diamonds
Nothing says “love” like a heart, and that is what makes the heart shape especially popular in an anniversary gift or engagement ring. Cut similarly to the pear shape, the heart features two rounded edges divided by a single cleft, rather than a single rounded arc. The heart cut is often featured in a simple ring setting to accentuate its unique qualities. The heart shape is best viewed in a diamond larger than .5 carats, as it is difficult to see the details of the cleft and point in smaller stones. If you require a smaller diamond, we recommend a bezel or 3-prong setting to better showcase the heart’s unique shape.
Marquise Cut Diamonds
There is no denying the timeless elegance of a marquise cut diamond. Due to their extended length, marquise diamonds can appear larger than other diamond shapes with the same carat weight or size. Boasting a brilliant 58 facets, the shape shines with substantial fire and sparkle. The marquise cut’s flattering effect creates the illusion of long, slender fingers. Due to their vintage flair, marquise diamonds are popular in vintage heirloom jewelry and look particularly stunning in accessory pieces, such as pendants, brooches or necklaces.
Oval Cut Diamonds
The timeless, elegant shape of the oval cut diamond adds a touch of class to any piece of jewelry. Combining the classic, high TIJ of the round cut with a more unique shape, the oval cut produces a sophisticated, modern twist on the traditional round shape. The elongated shape creates the illusion of longer, more slender fingers, making it extremely flattering on the hand. Created by Lazar Kaplan in the late 1950’s, the oval diamond is an excellent choice for the sentimental buyer on a budget. The oval is symbolic of a relationship built on trust and stability, and its lengthened shape makes this diamond look larger than other shapes of the same carat weight.
Pear Cut Diamonds
deal for the person who wants an elegant and sophisticated diamond, the pear cut diamond combines the best features of the round and marquise cuts. Resembling a sparkling drop of water with one end rounded and the other pointed, this shape is fittingly referred to as a “teardrop” or “drop cut”. The elongated shape creates a slenderizing effect, making the pear cut especially flattering on diamond rings and earrings. Pear cut diamonds are one of the most customizable shapes due to the variation of stone widths available. Narrower pear cut diamonds look especially graceful on dangle earrings, while one with a wider width makes a more robust showing on an engagement ring.
Princess Cut Diamonds
Since it was first introduced in the 1980’s, the princess cut has seen a steady rise in its popularity among diamond shapes. Currently, the princess cut is the second most sought-after shape and is still rising. Models of flexibility, princess cut engagement rings are well suited for fans of both traditional and contemporary styles. One of the advantages of a princess cut diamond is that any existing inclusions are less visible because of the unique cutting and polishing techniques that are used. While the princess cut hides inclusions, it also shows color more clearly. With the proper proportions, however, this can be prevented.
Radiant Cut Diamonds
With an intricate 70 facet cut, radiant diamonds are effervescent and exude a tremendous amount of shine. Originally created by Henry Grossbard as an alternative to the emerald cut, radiant cut diamonds are square or rectangular and are superb reflectors of light and have been popular since their invention in the 1970’s. Those who appreciate the fire of round diamonds and the sophistication of Asscher or emerald diamonds will find the radiant cut to be the perfect combination of both. Radiant cuts, because of their many facets, tend to intensify the color of the stone.
Round Cut Diamonds
Round diamonds are as classic as they are timeless and are often the shape people think of when picturing diamonds. Variations of the round shape have been used as long as diamonds have been cut. Their scintillating glimmer keeps them popular, and the round cut is considered to be the gold standard for diamonds in the eyes of diamond connoisseurs, gemologists, and everyday consumers. Interestingly, a round cut loses more of its original diamond carat weight during cutting and processing than any other shape. This, more than the shape's popularity, is what makes round cut diamonds more expensive than other shapes.
Jewellery Care: Secrets to Keeping Your Diamond Sparkling
Diamond is the hardest natural substance on Earth. It can cut any kind of rock or metal, but only another diamond can cut a diamond. In fact, to burn a diamond, it must be heated to between 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet the oil deposited from the mere touch of a human finger can cause dirt to collect and make this nearly indestructible gemstone quickly lose its sparkling appeal.
Maintenance & Care: Marquise Diamond Ring Designs
Help preserve the life of a marquise diamond ring design by understanding exactly how to take care of it with preventative maintenance and care.