Shape of a Diamond

Diamonds come in different shapes, therefore, each shape’s quality is dependent on its special characteristics. Determine what shape you want below and find out the characteristics of the most adorable diamond.

Round

Of all the diamonds, the round brilliant cut diamond continues to be the most researched and most popular you can get. This has been improved over the years (about 100 years) as diamond cutters use advanced theories and mathematical calculations for the optimization of the brilliance and fire in a round diamond. Aside from its popularity, the round diamond offers the greatest flexibility in terms of color, clarity grades, and balancing cut, without compromising the fire and brilliance.

To get a traditional round diamond with the highest brilliance, go for anyone in the two highest cut grades, which is ideal or very good, and for the polish and symmetry grades, go for a perfect, excellent or very good.

Princess

Of all the non-round diamonds this is the most popular. It is a common pick for engagement rings because of its unusual cut and beautiful brilliance. It is typically square in shape and with sharp corners. When going for a proper color grade, be aware that despite the exceptional price of a J-color non-round diamond, there may be slight clarity of colors in its corners. Additionally, the rectangular or square shape of princess-cut diamonds can alter in dimension.
For a square shaped princess diamond, the length-to-width ratios should be among 1 and 1.05. If what you want is a princess-cut diamond with a square shape, then go for those with length-to-width ratios above 1.10.

Emerald

This shape is particular because of the way in which its pavilion is cut. It is given an unusual optical appearance by cutting with rectangular facets. The Emerald has bigger, open table and so highlights a diamond’s clarity. If you want to go for a low clarity grade emerald, it is good to accurately check the clarity plot on its certificate. Moreover, these diamonds are not the same in their rectangular shape. Those wanting to purchase an emerald having a squared outline are advised to choose an Asscher-cut diamond.

Asscher

Even though square in a shape, similarity occurs among this shape and the emerald-cut. For instance, this shape has pavilion similar to the rectangular side style of cut as seen in the emerald-cut. The shape of a diamond expresses its clarity, it is recommended that the diamond certificate which contains the clarity plot is viewed when looking for SI-clarity. It should be remarked during selection for a color grade that even at an exceptional price, a J-color non-round diamond may appear at the corners faintly.

Marquise

The marquise shaped diamond is bigger in appearance because it maximizes carat weight. This excellent cut piece is a beauty to behold especially when set correctly with pear-shaped or round side stones, its length makes the finger look slender and longer.

Oval

The popularity of oval diamonds is remarkable and this is because their length makes more prominent how long and slender our fingers are. Just like the round diamond, the oval diamond is stunning.

Radiant

This type of diamonds has trimmed corners which improve the brilliance and its wide use as jewelry. The beauty of a radiant-cut is heightened when it is fastened with either round side or a baguette diamond. The level of rectangularity of radiant-cut diamonds might differ.

Pear

The characteristic feature of a pear diamond is the tear-drop shape it has. It has a rounded and a single point end and this highlights why it is generally used as jewelry. The pear shaped diamond provides a sleek slimming impact on the fingers when placed on because of its length.

Heart

Heart popularly means love. Its shape is different and this makes it alluring and a popular choice for use extensively as jewelry. It should be noted throughout selection for a color grade that even at an exceptional price, a J-color heart shaped diamond may appear at the corners faintly.

Cushion

For over a century, cushion-cut diamonds have been in practice. It is also referred to as "pillow-cut" diamonds. They have special larger facets and rounded corners which enhance its brilliance. The diamond's clarity is improved by its larger facets. It is recommended that the diamond certificate which contains the clarity plot is observed when selecting for SI-clarity. The shape of cushion-cut diamonds varies from square to rectangular.

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