For years, many people believed that Diamonds possessed magical and arcane powers. There wearers could possess these magical powers and/or bestow them upon another person. We can all agree that times have changed. Today, most people only believe in the magical moment one feels when they give their loved one the Perfect Diamond.
Well, what is the Perfect Diamond?
Follow our “How to buy a Diamond blog” and you’ll be able to identify the perfect Diamond for YOU!
Lets start with the very first step in selecting a Diamond–picking a shape!
Here are short descriptions of some of the most popular Diamond shapes.
Asscher: Named after its creator, Joseph Asscher, the Asscher cut diamond’s 58 facets are larger and wide-set (three rows on the top, three rows on the bottom), and the stone is nearly octagonal in shape. A cut of royalty and reinvention that is sure to make its wearer happy.
Cushion: The Cushion Cut diamond has been around since the mid 18th century and was the most common cut until the early 20th century. This beautiful cut combines a square cut with rounded corners thereby resembling a cushion. Known for its overt brilliance, this stone is surging in popularity today.
Emerald: The Emerald cut diamond is known for its square or rectangle table-top cut and step-cut facets. The emerald cut’s smoothly beveled corners add visual appeal and provide a secure setting area for prongs. The octagonal shape cut is a true symbol of elegance.
Heart: The Heart shaped diamond is a popular choice around Valentine’s Day. A skilled cutter creates the heart shape, always keeping and eye on the heart’s balance and symmetry. The Heart shape diamond is a beautiful symbol of love and romance.
Marquise: The marquise shape was named in 1745 for the Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV of France. The long and narrow shape of this diamond creates an illusion that the diamond is of greater size than it appears. Symmetry is quite important with this shape, as even the slightest difference can create and uneven, imbalanced look. This beautiful shape can be set with round diamonds or pear shaped diamonds.
Oval: This shape has the longest known history, with the first mention of an oval shaped diamond occurring in 1304. The oval brilliant was popularized and modernized in the 1960′s. One of the most notable oval brilliant cut diamonds is the 184-carat Victoria, which was cut in 1887. This elegant shape creates an illusion that the finger is longer and slimmer.
Pear: The pear shapes trace their history to the 1400’s, with the brilliant style being added in the 1700’s. Pears have gently rounded shoulders and wings (the sides near the point) for an appealing outline. The point should always be directed out toward the fingers of the wearer, and the shape has a slimming effect on the hand. A true beauty set as a solitaire or with other stones.
Princess: This cutting style was created in the 1980’s and is a popular cut for engagement rings. The square shape creates the illusion of a larger diamond. A princess diamond should always be set with prongs that protect the four corners–the areas most prone to chipping. A beautiful shape truly for a princess.
Radiant: Radiant cut diamonds are designed to maximize brilliance. Perfected around in the 1970’s, the radiant cut creates vibrant and fiery diamonds, ideal as a center-stone surrounded by smaller diamonds. The GIA refers to a radiant cut diamond as a “cut cornered square modified brilliant” diamond. No matter what it is referred to as, it is a symbol of vibrancy and class.
Round Brilliant: The Round cutting style has been around since the 1700’s, but has been modified over the years. The angles we see in today’s modern round brilliant – angles that help to enhance the diamond’s fire and brilliance – were first suggested by Henry Morse of Boston in the 1860’s and later slightly enhanced by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919. This shape is the most popular shape of all and serves as the definition of beauty and brilliance.
Trillion: This triangular shaped cutting style made its first appearance in the 1500’s. Brilliant cut versions of this shape gained popularity in the 1960’s with the appearance of a variation called Trillion. In 1978 an additional variation called the Trilliant came on the market. It was developed as a triangular version of the square-shaped radiant diamond and is sometimes considered an adventurous and provocative diamond choice.
If you would like to see any of these shapes, stop by our store and one of our diamond experts will be glad to show them to you.