DIAMONDS

Diamond Shapes

Round Brilliant

The most popular diamond cut, the Round Brilliant has evolved over hundreds of years. It is designed to provide the perfect balance of the Four Cs and a well cut example will have exceptional Brilliance, Fire and Sparkle. Top tip to look out for with Round Brilliance is light performance, you can read more about this here

Princess/ Square Brilliant

Princess cuts are available in square or rectangular shapes. As their name suggests, they offer exceptional brilliance, as well as sparkle and fire from corner to corner.

Cushion

The softened shape of cushion cuts as well as their larger facets gives them a delicate and romantic look while they have incredible brilliance. Cushions are available in square or elongated shapes.

Oval

Ovals are a contemporary option with a classical feel to them. Oval diamonds have incredible brilliance and are an adapted form of the round brilliant design. Ovals can be a great option for maximising the appearance of your carat weight. Their elongated shape means that they can appear larger than round cuts on the same carat weight. Our tip for choosing your Oval cut diamonds is to look out for the bow tie effect, the central facets of an oval can reflect the shadow of your head back at you, creating areas of darkness. A well cut oval will have a good length to width ratio of around 1.3-1.5. We will always look for diamonds for you where this effect is minimal and doesn’t impair the beauty of your ring.

Emerald

Emerald cuts are distinctive with their long step cut facets and cut corners. Emerald cuts are a fantastic option to showcase the natural clarity of a diamond, while their elegant shape lends itself equally well to contemporary and Art Deco ring designs. Our tip to look out for with Emeralds is that clarity is key! The large table and wide facets mean that inclusions are difficult to hide, so clarity should be prioritise above the other Four Cs when choosing your Emerald cut diamond.

Pear

Pear cuts combine brilliance and elegance in their delicate shape. They are a fantastic option for bespoke rings. Tips to look out for with Pears is their bow tie, due to their elongated shape Pear diamond can have bow tie shaped shadow in the centre of the stone. We will always look for diamonds for you where this effect is minimal and doesn’t impair the beauty of your ring. Secondly, think about how a Pear will fit into your design and your lifestyle, with a point at one end Pear cut diamonds can catch more easily than other shapes. We will always advise you during your design on any wearability issues that we foresee and it may be that you may just need to spin your ring around or not wear it when doing certain tasks.

Marquise

Marquise diamonds are long and elegant. Tips for choosing your Marquise cut diamond are to look out for the bow tie, as with most elongated diamonds you want to make sure that there isn’t excessive shadow in the centre of the stone. We will always look for diamonds for you where this effect is minimal and doesn’t impair the beauty of your ring. Secondly, think about how a Marquise will fit into your design and your lifestyle, with a point at both ends Marquise cut diamonds can catch more easily than other shapes. We will always advise you during your design on any wearability issues that we foresee and it may be that you may just need to spin your ring around or not wear it when doing certain tasks.

Old Cut

Old cut diamonds are the great grandparent of the round brilliant. They have 58 facets which includes the presence of a culet (a facet at the very base of the diamond). These diamonds were designed to perform best in candle light and they tend to be deeper than the modern round brilliant. Old cut diamonds are full of character and romance, they have great fire but less brilliance than the modern round brilliant cut.

Rose Cut

Rose cuts are a very old form of diamond fashioning, dating from the 1600s. They are characterized by a flat or very shallow back and repeating sets of six facets starting at the top of stone and radiating outwards over the surface of the diamond. Unlike the other cut shapes of diamonds Rose cut describes this pattern of surface cutting opposed to the outline shape of the diamond and rose cuts can be available in round, oval or pear shapes. Due to their shallow design, Rose cuts do not have the fire and brilliance of other diamond cuts but their unique shape and character is a feature that elevates many designs.

Radiant

Radiant cuts can be thought of as a perfect hybrid between a brilliant cut with exceptional brilliance, fire and sparkle and an emerald cut with its cut corners.

Asscher

Asscher cut was one of the first square cut diamonds to be developed. Like the Emerald cut, the Asscher is a step cut, with long facets on the pavilion. Like emerald cuts they show inclusions more than in brilliant cut stones, however, due to the higher crown and a smaller table facet they can produce more brilliance than the emerald cut. Asscher cut diamonds are reminiscent of 1920s design but work equally well in contemporary jewellery.

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