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The Ultimate Guide to Diamond Shapes

Diamonds are not only unique, rare, and timeless but are also an expensive investment. Therefore, you should exactly know what type of diamond to buy. With so many cut shapes and characteristics buying a diamond becomes an overwhelming experience. The following buyer guide would help you understand all you need to know about the various diamond cuts so that you can choose the right one for you.

Emerald-Cut Diamonds

The emerald cut is one of the most iconic and elegant diamond shapes out there. As the name suggests, this cut was originally used for emeralds to further intensify the green hues but was later adapted for diamonds. Diamonds cut in long squares or rectangular forms are usually considered emerald cuts. An emerald-cut diamond usually stands out among other shapes due to its sharp dimensions and magnified appearance.

Brilliant Cut Diamonds

Brilliant cut or also known as the round cut is popular among both jewelers and customers due to its high reflective index. The round cone shape of the diamond allows for a larger amount of light to enter inside, increasing its shine. Round cut diamonds are mostly used in engagement rings and remain shiny for extremely long periods of time.

Asscher Cut Diamonds

Asscher-cut diamonds closely resemble emerald-cut diamonds and at times it becomes difficult to differentiate the two just at a glance. While emerald diamonds are rectangular, the Asscher cut diamonds are octagonal. These have cropped corners that allow for increased clarity and brightness.

Pear-Cut Diamonds

The pear cut otherwise known as the teardrop diamond is a combination of round and marquise cut. It has a dynamic reflective pattern which makes an ideal cut for engagement rings and wedding bands. Pear cut diamonds go through a very precise process of cutting so that the symmetry of the shape is not disturbed. As a result, pear-cut diamonds are a little expensive when compared to their counterparts.

Radiant Cut Diamonds

Radiant cut diamonds have a unique shape as they fall in between the emerald and round cut design. If you are someone who cannot choose between the two, a radiant cut should be your choice. It has a round-cut design but gives a squared-off look. This was first created in 1977 and has become increasingly popular ever since

Marquise Cut Diamonds

Designed to keep the carat of the stone, a marquise cut is a boat-like shaped diamond making it very unique. It is an ideal choice for engagement rings and the unique geometry allows for a glow that is second to none. If you want to make a statement, go with the marquise cut.

Cushion-Cut Diamonds

Borrowing its shape from the 19th century “Old Mine Design”, the cushion cut is a rounded-off diamond style that presents a mixture of both modern and vintage looks. It is highly reflective and thus, can make for an excellent bridal jewelry piece.

If you want help in deciding which diamond cut and shape is right for you, SAZ can guide you through the process of choosing a shape you or your partner will love.

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