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Round Brilliant Cut

The Round Brilliant’s refined shape allows for maximum reflection of light, contributing to its incredible brilliance. Round Brilliant Cuts have 58 facets (including the culet).The Round Brilliant Cut is popular for many reasons, one being that it provides exceptional brilliance and a classic, ageless look. Round Brilliant Cut diamonds are stunning choices for engagement rings, necklaces and other fine pieces.

Length to width ratio: For the most aesthetic diamonds, choose a length to width ratio of 1.0-1.03.

Princess Cut

This fancy cut shape is second in diamond popularity after the Round Brilliant Cut. It is created from the inverted pyramid of the rough diamond stone. Traditionally square, the Princess Cut achieves greater brilliance and fire than other similarly shaped diamonds. Rectangular Princess Cuts are also available. This is an example of a perfectly cut princess diamond.

The Princess Cut allows for a square outline while still offering nearly the same brilliance as the Round Brilliant Cut. Due to the larger yield maintained from cutting for a Princess,

Length to width ratio: As noted with Asscher Cuts, a length to width ratio of 1.0-1.05 offers a square shape to the naked eye. For a rectangular Princess Cut, 1.5-2.0 is a suitable range.

Cushion Cut

The Cushion Cut Diamond gets its name from the combination of a square shape with rounded edges, making it look like a pillow or cushion. Due to its precise bending and dispersion of light, the Cushion Cut beams with fire.Different than other diamond shapes, the Cushion Cut can be designed in many variations, including standard, modified and modern. With many cut options, choosing a Cushion Diamond offers creativity and personalization. Cushions also have the luxurious appeal of a classic fashion along with modern fire and flair.

Length to width ratio: Cushions are often square but can be rectangular as well. For the square shape, keep the ratio between 1.0 -1.09. Slight rectangles usually range from 1.15-1.25 in ratio.

Emerald Cut

Using the technique originally designed to cut emeralds, this diamond shape comes rightly by its name. With its large table surface, the Emerald Cut Diamond offers abundant reflections through its long, straight lines or ‘steps.’ Emerald Cuts are prominent in both square and rectangle.

Most notably, the Emerald Cut showcases size better than other diamonds of the same carat. Emerald Cuts are a premium choicefor those desiring a larger piece without an enormous price tag.

Length to width ratio: A traditional Emerald Cut ratio ranges from 1.30 to 1.60, with the most popular choice being 1.50.

Radiant Cut

Radiant Cut Diamonds gained their popularity in the 1980s due to their dazzling brilliance which is only exceeded by the Round Brilliant. Radiant are formed with many facets and angles, making them appear almost like cracked ice. Because of this, flaws and inclusions are easily hidden. The bevelled corners of Radiant Cuts allow for more stability—making it a wise choice for those with an active lifestyle.The Radiant Cut is an enchanting choice due to its numerous facets found in the pavilion and crown. These features provide a high level of both brilliance and fire. Its cropped corners also make it a delightful match for pairing with rounded or square diamonds.

Length to width ratio: A 1.0-1.05 is an ideal range for a square cut. Rectangular shapes may have a ratio of up to 2.0.

Oval Shape

Showcasing similar brilliance and fire to the Round Cut, the Oval Diamond is an exquisite choice for those who wish to wear a unique shape. The Oval’s elongated silhouette offers a large appearance compared to other shapes of the same carat. This fancy length diamond is durable because it carries no pointed edges. Ovals also have a lower price point than Brilliant Round Cuts while still maintaining the curved shape.

Length to width ratio: While always dependent on personal preference, the Oval Diamond is often appealing in a ratio of 1.30-1.50.

Asscher Cut

First produced by the Asscher Brothers of Holland in 1902, the Asscher Cut Diamond regained popularity in 2002 after its one hundredth anniversary and a slight modification to the cut technique. The Asscher Cut’s deep pavilion and precision creates an enamouring appeal. While like the Emerald Cut, the Asscher tends to offer a bit more sparkle, due to its high crown and 58 facets. As a dazzling alternative to the Emerald Cut, the Asscher Cut Diamond hosts a smaller table and more layered facets. Brilliance is achieved through light reflection among the square facets seen underneath the table. The Asscher Cut’s trimmed corners give it extra style and stability.

Length to width ratio: A length to width ratio for a square Asscher should fall between 1.0-1.05 to maintain a square look for the naked eye.

Pear Shape

With a rounded side that narrows to a distinct point, the Pear-Shaped Diamond is an elegant, timeless choice. If purchasing for a ring, the pointed end will point toward the heart of the wearer. Symmetry is critical to the appearance of a Pear-ShapedDiamond, so it shimmers evenly.A Pear-Shaped Diamond makes for an enchanting engagement ring. Because well-cut Pear shapes are harder to find, it is an exquisite alternative to traditional cuts like the round diamond. The Pear Shaped also hides inclusions well.

Length to width ratio: The classic length to width ratio ranges from 1.45-1.75. Reviewing a variety of ratios will give you an idea of personal preference. You may wish, for example, for a wider or more narrow shape.

Marquise Cut

Originally requested by King Louis XIV to mimic the shape of his mistress’ mouth, the Marquise Diamond has remained a flattering and delightful choice for several centuries.The narrow body of the Marquise Diamond resembles the shape of an elongated eye. Its stunning large crown is complementary to wearers as it makes the finger appear longer and slenderer.Strong points: The Marquise’s elongated figure gives the appearance of a larger stone when compared to other shapes in the same carat. Making the fingers of the wearer look thinner and longer, the Marquise shines brightly and is usually noticed for its unique shape.

Length to width ratio: The Marquise’s unique structure offers a length to width range of 1.85 to 2.1.

Heart Shape

A prominent symbol of love, the Heart Shaped Diamond boasts an exquisite figure that can be set in a ring, pendant or other jewellery piece. Heart Shaped diamonds range in slenderness and width, selected primarily on personal preference. A well-cut Heart Shaped Diamond should be symmetrical, so it appears balanced and full. The point or cleft of the diamond should be distinct. In addition to being a sign of romance, the Heart Shaped Diamond requires a premium cut, prolonging and possibly increasing its value over time.

Length to width ratio: An ideal length to width ratio is 1.00. The lower the ratio, the more “chubby” the Heart will look. If the ratio is above 1.10, the Heart will appear more stretched (elongated, tall and thin).