We’re sure you’ve heard the terms: “diamond cut” and “diamond shape” used interchangeably when it comes to diamonds. However, these terms have two very distinct definitions. Diamond shapes refer to the outline, e.g., a pear, round, or heart. Diamond cuts refer to the arrangement of the diamond’s facets as in cushion or emerald diamond cuts. Where science plays a part in determining cuts of diamonds—personal tastes and style determine shapes of diamonds. So have fun, explore your favorite diamond shapes below, and pick your favorite.
ROUND BRILLIANT CUT DIAMONDS
From the hands of an expert cutter, the Round Brilliant Cut diamond delivers on its promise of “beauty and brilliance. ” The Round Brilliant Cut diamond consists of 58 facets (or 57 if the culet is excluded). This is the classic shape for diamonds and a well cut Round Brilliant diamond maximizes light return better than most other shapes and creates a dazzling display, sure to make her heart skip a beat and her friends jealous.
PRINCESS CUT DIAMOND
The Princess Cut diamond combines the liveliness of a Round diamond and the contemporary shape of an Emerald or Square Cut diamond to create one of the most brilliant fancy shapes of all. As one of the newest diamond shapes, the Princess Cut diamond offers flexibility to work with nearly any style ring.
EMERALD CUT DIAMOND
An Emerald Cut diamond is an elegant beauty. It has a rectangular shape with cut corners which is also known as a step cut (because its concentric, broad, flat planes resemble stair steps). Looking into an Emerald Cut diamond is like looking into a clear pool of water – it draws you in.
CUSHION CUT DIAMOND
The Cushion Cut diamond is an elegantly shaped diamond that has recently gained popularity because of the heightened demand for vintage-styled jewelry. Combining the cut characteristics of both the round and the oval, the Cushion Cut diamond’s rounded corners and larger facets increase this special diamond’s brilliance.
RADIANT CUT DIAMOND
While the silhouette of a Radiant Cut diamond reminds us of the elegant Emerald Cut, the Radiant’s facet pattern is arranged to create a much more brilliant return of light – befitting its name – Radiant. This diamond cut possesses 70 facets to provide the ultimate in brilliance.
ASSCHER CUT DIAMOND
The Asscher Cut diamond is named after Joseph Asscher who developed the cut in 1902. The Asscher Cut diamond has a similar facet arrangement to the Emerald Cut yet is square rather than elongated in proportion. The Asscher has 74 facets which make this special cut reminiscent of a bygone era. The Asscher Cut diamond has regained popularity as a result of the many famous stars opting to wear this vintage cut diamond.
PEAR CUT DIAMOND
The Pear Cut diamond combines the cut characteristics of the Round Brilliant diamond and the regal Marquise Cut diamond to form an elegant, beautiful and brilliant cut of diamond. Also known as a “teardrop,” this cut of diamond is sure to bring a tear of joy when it is given to the one you love.
OVAL CUT DIAMOND
The Oval Cut diamond in its modern form
was created in 1957 by Lazare Kaplan. The Oval Cut diamond has 57 or 58 facets with a large surface area to bring out it’s amazing brilliance. The Oval diamond’s shape is graceful and proportioned which make it a popular choice for engagement rings.
HEART SHAPED DIAMOND
Being one of the most difficult diamond shapes to cut, the eye-catching Heart shaped diamond is made up of between 56 to 58 facets and is beautiful to see. Nothing says “I love you” like a romantic heart shaped diamond with a brilliant cut.
MARQUISE CUT DIAMOND
With its design, said to be inspired by the fetching smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, the Marquise Cut diamond’s elongated shape flatters the hand and symbolizes true love to last the ages. It features 58 facets and has been around for centuries which make the Marquise cut diamond a timeless treasure.