Diamond Cut Guide
diamond cuts are round, marquise, oval, pear, and emerald (rectangular).
Princess (square) cuts have recently become popular, and there are
also other novelty shapes on the market, such as the heart.
the shape of your diamond is a matter of personal preference.
Round is the traditional favorite for engagement rings. Its
popularity is due not only to its beauty, but also its versatility.
Because round stones are so popular, you will have a wonderful
selection of ring styles and mountings from which to choose.
This is particularly important if you are seeking an antique
(or antique style) ring, as they were designed primarily to
hold round stones.
shape diamonds are typically set in simpler mountings: alone
in a solitaire, or flanked by smaller side diamonds. Such settings
allow the unique shape of the diamond to take center stage.
A marquise or emerald cut diamond, set with baguettes on each
side, looks particularly elegant.
of a diamond's cut is also important. The proportions of a diamond
determine its brilliance, by affecting how light travels within it,
and reflects out of it. If a diamond is too shallow, some of the light
rays will "leak" out the bottom; if a diamond is too deep,
some light is lost out the sides. A well-cut diamond will have a nice
"sparkle," as most of the light rays that enter the stone
reflect back out the top. Other
factors that affect a diamond's brilliance are the symmetry and polish
of its facets.
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