Round Diamond | The round cut diamond is the most popular shape. This diamond accounts for about 75% of all purchased diamonds. A round cut diamond reflects the most light, maximizing its brilliance. Almost all round diamonds are brilliant cut meaning they have 58 facets (57 with no cutlet). Round diamonds are more expensive because the demand is high. Furthermore, much of the diamond rough stone is lost in the cutting of a round diamond. The price per carat for a round diamond is higher than other shapes.
Princess Diamond | The princess cut diamond is the most popular fancy cut (any cut other than brilliant). Princess diamonds are the most popular choice for engagement rings. This cut is a good choice because of its flexibility to fit almost any style ring. A princess cut diamond has little waste since its cut is similar to one half of the rough stone it is cut from.
Oval Diamond | Oval cut diamonds are a modified brilliant cut. Oval diamonds make a great choice for someone who likes brilliance, but wishes to remain unique. Oval diamonds have an elongated shape that has a slimming effect on the hands of the wearer. Since oval diamonds have an elongated shape, they also give the illusion of a greater sized diamond.
Marquise Diamonds | Marquise cut diamonds are a modified brilliant cut. This diamond was named after Marquise of Pompadour. King Louis XIV of France allegedly had a stone fashioned after what he considered to be her perfectly shaped lips. This diamond shape is also elongated producing a greater size illusion. Marquise cut diamonds will also make the wearer’s finger look slim and long. However, marquise cut diamonds may have a bow tie appearance from near invisible to severe. This is discovered through visual inspection. If you have selected a Marquise cut diamond, please contact a Popular Diamonds jewelry and diamond expert so that they may inspect your diamond.
Pear Diamonds | The pear cut diamond is a modified brilliant cut. It is also a combination of a round cut and marquise cut diamond with a tapered point to one end. This cut’s flattering effects, makes the wearer’s fingers look slender and long. This cut should posses good symmetry. The point of a pear cut diamond should align with the apex of the rounded end. The shoulder and wings (upper and lower curves on the sides of a diamond) should be uniformed symmetrical curves with no straight edges. A diamond with poor symmetry will not properly reflect light. However, pear cut diamonds may have a bow tie appearance from near invisible to severe. This is discovered through visual inspection. If you have selected pear cut diamond, please contact a Popular Diamonds jewelry and diamond expert so that they may inspect your diamond.
Cushion Diamonds | The Cushion cut diamond was previously referred to as the old mine cut. This diamond combines a square cut with rounded edges, much like a pillow. Cushion cut diamonds have been around for almost 200 years. In the first century of their existence, cushion cut diamonds were the most popular shape. A cushion cut diamond returns light in a chunkier pattern than that of modern cuts. Cushion cut diamonds are usually combined with enlarged cutlets that create a desirable pattern when viewed through the table. This distinctive pattern is highly prized by dealers in antique diamonds.
Emerald Diamonds | The emerald cut was originally used for the cutting of emeralds, hence the name. Distinguished by its beveled corners and by “step cuts” on its pavilion, this diamond is more transparent than others resulting in higher standards for clarity. It is also a distinguished cut because of its large table. Emerald cut diamonds produce a “hall of mirrors” effect, instead of the sparkle caused by the brilliant cut. This cut is less fiery, but its long lines and its ability to reflect light into flashes gives it an elegant look.
Asscher Diamonds | Asscher cut diamonds were very popular in the 1920s. Up until recently, Asscher cut diamonds could only be found in antique jewelry shops. In 2002, the Asscher cut gained popularity because of modifications in technology that caused more brilliance in the stone. This cut is similar to the square Emerald cut. Asscher cut diamonds have larger step facets, higher crown and a smaller table. Although similar to the Emerald cut, the Asscher cut diamond has more brilliance. A well cut Asscher diamond will appear to have concentric squares. Its dropped down corners give it an octagonal shape.
Radiant Diamonds | Radiant cut diamonds were the first square diamonds to have a complete brilliant cut facet pattern applied to the crown and pavilion. Radiant cut diamonds are lively and vibrant square diamonds. Longer cuts may have a bow tie. This is discovered through visual inspection. If you have selected a radiant cut diamond, please contact a Popular Diamonds jewelry and diamond expert so that they may inspect your diamond.
Heart Diamonds | The heart cut diamond is a symbol of love. Heart cut diamonds are popular in solitaire pendants and rings. Symmetry is crucial with heart cut diamonds, since an unbalanced cut can reflect light strangely. It is critical that the two halves of the heart are identical. The cleft (area between the two halves at top) should be sharp and distinct. Furthermore, its wings should have a slight rounded shape. Heart cut diamonds are not good for any stone under .50 carat because its shape may be hard to distinguish.