Diamond Cuts 101 (Part 1)

March 7, 2017
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While each diamond you wear will reflect your own personality, style, and interests, each actual cut of the diamond will determine how it shines in the light. Because each cut has a distinct shape that anyone can recognize, it is important to know the proper terminology of the diamonds you own, or the diamonds you are currently looking at!

Here is a breakdown of diamond cut that is easy to understand…

  • Pear Shaped Cut: The pear shaped cut does indeed resemble the actual fruit it is named after, but more so looks exactly like a tear drop. Because of this cut’s elongated, delicate shape, many wearers claim that a pear shaped diamond gives off the appearance of their hands and fingers looking slimmer. While there is no right or wrong way to wear a ring, the vast majority of people wear pear shaped diamonds with the pointed edge facing away from them, while the rounded edge faces towards them.
  • Emerald Shaped Cut: Despite the name being “emerald,” any stone can be cut in this fashion. Resembling the shape of elongated rectangles, emerald cut diamonds are unique in that they do not have the same “shine” or “vibrancy” factor as other cuts. This is due to how the stone is cut in the first place. The step-cut of emerald diamonds highlights the stone’s natural clarity and original integrity.
  • Princess Shaped Cut: The princess cut is an interesting cut for a few reasons. First, the shape can be cut into a perfect square as well as a rectangle. However, due to the way the actual diamond is cut, the princess shape is not to be confused as an emerald cut! What makes these cuts unique is that they are extraordinarily brilliant when they reflect light, shining in each and every direction. Additionally, the color of the diamond shines in the middle of the stone, while various colors can be seen in the edges of the stone.

To be continued…