Different types of diamonds

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In the diamond industry, a round-cut diamond is known as the most popular diamond shape. Yet, some other diamond cuts — like princess cut, cushion cut, or emerald cut — are making their way in popularity too. So, if you're a traditional diamond lover, go out of your comfort zone! With this guide, we encourage you to get to know more sparkling types of diamonds to fall in love with.

The types of diamonds ranged by their names

Every diamond gets its name based on the cut or labeled by its rarity. The latter situation is relevant for blue diamonds among its types, you can spot the Oppenheimer Blue, Blue Moon of Josephine, or the Cullinan Dream. Unfortunately, labeling all these rare diamonds takes too long. Thus, in this article, we'll stick to listing the types of diamond cuts by their diamond-shaped name only.

The most popular diamond names in the industry are:
  • The princess cut diamonds
  • The cushion cut diamonds
  • The oval cut diamonds
  • The pear cut diamonds
  • The round cut diamonds
  • The Asscher cut diamonds
  • The marquise cut diamonds
  • The radiant cut diamonds
  • The heart cut diamonds
  • The trillion cut diamonds
  • The emerald cut diamonds
In addition to these popular ones, many diamond names are still to be discovered. Among them, there are the baguette cut diamond, square cut diamond, tapered cut diamond, and rose cut diamond.
The types of diamonds ranged by the popular diamond colors

Next to the different types of diamonds ranged by cut, there are many diamond colors. Everyone knows the colorless diamonds, but have you heard about mint-colored diamonds, for example?

The most popular diamond colors on the diamond market are:
  • Yellow diamond
  • Blue diamond
  • Red diamond
  • Pink diamond
  • Orange diamond
  • Green diamond
  • Black diamond
  • Purple diamond
  • Olive green diamond
  • Brown diamond
  • Grey diamond

Note that colored diamonds are graded by hue, saturation, tone, and distribution. Also, colored diamonds of one color are more valuable than mixed-colored diamonds.

The types of diamonds ranged by the diamond quality

You can also categorize diamonds by looking at their quality. For this, GIA, or Gemological Institute of America, has developed the 4Cs-based diamond grading scale. It divides the diamonds by the quality of their color, carat, clarity, and cut.

 

Next to the generally known 4Cs-based quality measurement, a diamond can get the special classification type IIa. This is a small group of diamond types that contains no or very little nitrogen atoms in its crystal structure. As a result, it becomes the most valued and purest diamond type ever.

We hope you have discovered one or more types of diamonds to fall in love with. If not, have a look at those fancy-colored diamonds again! There must be one colored diamond in that group that can make your heart beat faster.