We tend to buy jewellery with our hearts more than our heads. What we see gives us that warm sensation of desire. The rest is down to affordability.
To achieve the results needed for a perfect round brilliant diamond it has to have 58 facet cuts divided among the crown, girdle and pavilion. The crown is the top of the diamond, the girdle is the widest part of the diamond and the pavilion is the base. The shape is that of a cone, this provides maximum light return through the top of the diamond. The main aim is to achieve a ﬁnal diamond that has maximum ﬁre, exceptional brilliance and overall perfection. The round brilliant diamond is the most popular diamond cut and accounts for more than 80% of all diamonds sold compared with other shapes.
The oval shaped diamond relies on having perfect balance and symmetry. This really is a truly elegant diamond to look at. This shape looks particularly well on a smaller hand as it adds length to ﬁngers. The oval diamond is seen most frequently cut in a standard 58 facet brilliant pattern and is renowned for the way it reﬂects light and sparkles with every hand movement.
The marquise diamond is shaped like a rugby ball. Usually noted to have 56 facets which need to be cut with precision in order for the stone to have that brilliant sparkle. Failure to do this will result in dark areas across the ﬁnished diamond. This is a beautiful shape and works well with smaller diamond surrounding it.
This is a rectangular shape with cut corners. It is known as a step cut because its ﬂat planes resemble stair steps. The ﬂat planes of the outside edges allow for a variety of side stone shapes.
The princess cut has rapidly become one of the most popular fancy shaped diamonds due to its beautiful shape. Many people like the princess cut diamond because it is a distinctive alternative to the round brilliant cut diamond. The proportions of each stone are considered so that there are exact 90 degree angles on each corner.
The radiant cut is a relatively new invention. This square/ rectangular cut represents the fusion of the elegant emerald shape diamond with the brilliance of the round. The original radiant cut had 61 facets excluding 8 girdle facets. The ideal proportions of a radiant cut diamond are generally considered to be when the length of the diamond is one and a half times greater than its width.
Cushion cut diamonds, also known as pillow cut, are an antique style of cut known for its depth and its larger facets. They are a cross between the old mine cut diamond and a modern oval cut. These large facets are what bring out the sparkle and brilliance when the diamond is exposed to light. This cut is not as ﬁery as many of the newer cuts but has a romantic and classic long lasting look.
The pear cut diamond is a combination of the round brilliant and the marquise cut and usually has a similar facet pattern to that of the round brilliant. The unique look of the pear cut helps make it a popular choice for a variety of diamond jewellery.
Many other diamond shapes and cuts are available in the jewellery market today than ever before, giving people who are looking for something unique a lot more choice.