Round brilliant is the most popular cut. It’s clear to see why with its beautiful light-reflecting qualities and superior sparkle. The round shape maximises light and brightness, making a perfect classic engagement ring. The symmetrical shape and 58 facets offer a stunning sparkling display of light performance while hiding inclusions.
One of the most popular diamond shapes, square or slightly rectangular princess cut diamonds are classic, chic and timeless. Princess cut diamonds have 58 facets positioned similarly to round cut diamonds, meaning a princess cut is known as the square version of a round brilliant. The square has sharp edges and looks like an inverted pyramid. It’s an excellent alternative to emerald cuts for people who like a squarer shape but want the fabulous sparkle of a brilliant cut.
The emerald cut is a rectangular shape, with long step cuts and linear facets, usually arranged in parallel down the stone. These long lines provide flashes of light, rather than an all-over sparkle. It’s a strong, elegant and sophisticated shape, with quite different qualities to a brilliant round. Emerald shaped stones tend to appear larger than rounder diamonds with the same carat weight, making it a popular choice for those wanting a big bold stone.
The Asscher cut is a stylish and unique square-cut diamond, with a vintage, antique look and feel. You will find many 1920’s style rings have an Asscher cut. Although similar to an emerald cut, the Asscher cut’s 58 facets are larger and wide-cut. While an emerald cut is rectangular, Asscher cuts are square with truncated corners, giving an almost octagonal shape.
The more unusual marquise diamond has the advantage of both length and width, while still being very elegant. Its length gives the illusion of a larger diamond, and offers a flattering elongation effect for shorter fingers. The appearance of a marquise cut can vary depending on the length to width ratio.
Oval cut diamonds are a popular choice for engagement rings, as a twist on the classic brilliant-cut. The oval cut offers similar brilliance and fire to the brilliant-cut diamond, with the flattering elongated shaping of the marquise. Oval shaped stones tend to appear larger than rounder diamonds with the same carat weight, making them popular with those who want the appearance of a larger stone, without having to spend more for a higher carat weight.
The radiant cut can be very striking. It is often popular for radiant cut diamonds to be surrounded with a halo of smaller diamonds, creating a more contemporary style of engagement ring. Because of its bevelled corners, radiant cut engagement rings are less likely to chip, making the shape a good option for those with an active lifestyle.
Sometimes known as the tear, the pear cut is similar in elegance to the marquise cut. Often designed with a halo of surrounding stones, it creates a wonderfully flattering shape on the hands, making it a popular choice for engagement rings.
Often referred to as the ultimate symbol of romance, heart-shaped diamonds are one of the most popular fancy cuts. This unique cut requires skilled craftsmanship. You may find the shape becomes more defined as the size of the diamond increases.
Simply put, a cushion cut diamond is in the shape of a cushion or pillow – it’s usually square with rounded edges, but can be rectangular, again with softened edges. Cushion cuts typically have 58 facets, and although they’re generally less brilliant than round brilliant diamonds, cushion cuts have great fire. Diamond fire is what we call the beautiful optical effect of white light breaking into a rainbow of colours due to refraction. This fire is what makes cushion cut diamonds an appealing choice for many.
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What colour is a diamond? Many say they’re colourless, however, look closely and most contain subtle tints of yellows, soft pinks and rich browns. Truly colourless diamonds are known as white diamonds and are extremely rare and the most valuable. Diamond colour is graded from D to Z – D being the whitest, most colourless diamond and Z containing noticeable yellow, brown or pink tints. The letters D to Z represent a range of colour based on a combination of tone, lightness or darkness and saturation.
Diamond cut refers to the arrangement of a diamond’s facets. A diamond’s cut is often mistaken as meaning its shape (oval, pear, etc), but a diamond’s cut grade is actually about how well the facets interact with light.
Polish refers to the overall smoothness and condition of the diamond’s surface. It’s rare for a diamond to have a perfect polish. More often, they have tiny imperfections not visible to the naked eye.
Symmetry refers to how well-aligned the diamond's facets are. Symmetry, on the other hand, refers to the exactness of shape, overall outline, placement and alignment of individual facets.
The gradings provided by the GIA go from poor to excellent. If you select an SI clarity, we will provide Very Good cut, polish and symmetry. If you select a VS1 clarity, we will provide Excellent cut, polish and symmetry.