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The different styles of diamond cuts

Diamond cuts, or diamond shapes, refer to the face-on appearance of a diamond. There is a wide variety of diamond cuts and as techniques and knowledge improve the shapes become more complex. The shape of a polished diamond is classified as either Round Brilliant cut or Fancy cut. There are three different styles of diamond cuts:

Round Brilliant Cut: this refers to the classic round shape and is the most common diamond cut. Other examples of brilliant cuts are Oval Shape, Pear Shape, Marquise Cut and Heart Shape.

Step Cut: This has a row of facets that resemble the steps of a staircase and is usually four-sided and elongated. Examples are the Emerald Cut and the Asscher Cut.

Mixed Cut: Diamonds of this cut have both brilliant and step-cut facets. Examples are Cushion Cut, Radiant Cut, and Princess Cut.

Overview of diamond shapes

All diamond cuts have their own unique beauty and appeal. Choosing a diamond shape will depend on your own personal preference and type of jewelry you intend to mount the loose diamond on. The most popular diamond shapes are:


The most popular diamond shape. It strikes the perfect balance between brilliance, fire, and scintillation and accounts for more than three-quarters of all diamonds sold today. Perfect for all types of jewelry.


The oval shape diamond has a beautiful round brilliance which is similar to a round diamond except that it is an elliptical variation of the round brilliant cut. Creates a flattering illusion of lengthening the hand, and makes the diamond appear larger.


Pear shape diamonds are a combination of the Oval Shape and Marquise Cut, resembling a glittering teardrop. Refracts light well and is best set off in a pendant or a pair of diamond earrings. It is also a useful shape to use when creating custom jewelry, as they make for beautiful shoulder stones.


The marquise cut is a variation of the round brilliant cut, with elongated ends that stretch it into an oval shape. The marquise cut tends to emphasize the carat weight of the diamond, making it appear much larger than it is.

This slender cut is ideal for rings, as the elongated shape flatters the finger with tapering points at both ends.


Based on the round brilliant cut, it is the universal symbol of love. The skill of the cutter is essential to perfecting the heart shape while maintaining proper brilliance, as it is one of the more difficult cuts.


These stones have longer lines and are usually less fiery than a round brilliant cut, but also tend to have wider, more dramatic flashes of light. When buying an emerald cut diamond it is important to pay special attention to the quality of the diamond, both inclusions and lower color grade are more noticeable in this gemstone.


These diamonds are cut to a 74 facet, step-cut octagon and have a majesty and sophistication all of their own. It features a small table, high crown, deep pavilion and cut corners. These characteristics put its sparkle on par with the round brilliant cut diamond.


Cushion cut diamonds have rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance. It is a combination of round and square outlines, which gives it a softened square or pillow shape. Also known as ‘candlelight diamonds’, this unique fancy cut evokes romance and is perfect for diamond engagement rings.


This has a complete brilliant facet pattern on both the crown and pavilion, which presents a dazzling brilliance. The Radiant Cut is especially popular for fancy colored diamonds because the proportions and facets intensify the color.


The Princess cut is a relatively new cut and becoming increasingly popular. Its wonderful characteristics combine both style and brilliance. Perhaps it’s in the name, but a Princess Cut engagement ring makes every woman feel special and unique.

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