Diamond Shape, does it matter?
Usually, diamonds range in size from a fraction of a carat to several carats where the prize increases rapidly with size. This means weight of the diamond is the one that determines the price not the shape. However, a diamond shape is a very important factor as it highly determines someone’s personality and gives the ring’s purpose a symbolic meaning.
Below is an introduction of each shape, together with information on how to conclude the best combination size, color and clarity for your needs.
The classic round shape is the most popular diamond shape, being approximately 75% of all diamonds sold. It is available in every possible quality and size and with its mechanics of its shape; it has a lot of give in terms of cut, color and clarity grades by still offering high level of fire and brilliance. Round shape diamonds cost more on per carat basis since the demand is high and the yield is relatively low as it loses more weight in the cutting process than other shapes.
Next after the round cut shape diamond is the princess cut. It is the second most popular shape as its popular for its beautiful brilliance and unique cut making it best choice for engagement rings. Same as round cut diamonds, princess cut diamonds are an excellent choice for their flexibility in working in almost any style of ring. it is traditionally a square cut, having four sides of equal length, though a lot of princess cut diamonds are faintly rectangular , although this is often hard to detect. When picking a color grade, consider that color may a little be visible at the corners.
The radiant cut diamond is a vibrant and lively diamond, as it is the first rectangular cut to have a whole brilliant-cut facet pattern design on both the crown and the pavilion. The radiant cut diamond’s signature feature is its trimmed corners and also they can vary in the degree of their rectangularity.
They are also known as pillow-cut diamonds because of just like a pillow, the cushion cut diamonds combines a square cut with rounded corners. Similar to round cut today, this classic cut was popular for the first century of its existence around 200 years ago. To increase its brilliance, it’s featured with rounded corners and larger facets that highlight the diamond’s clarity which is recommended.
Emerald cut diamond has an exclusive appearance which is formed by the step cuts of its pavilion and its outsized open table. Its unique look is initiated by how it produces a hall-of-mirrors effect, with the interaction of light and dark planes, as an alternative of the common brilliant-cut. Emerald cut gives an elegant appeal that are initiated by the long lines and dramatic flashes it has. For the reason that they are naturally less fiery, it is important to choose a diamond with higher clarity.
Asscher cut diamond is a forerunner to the emerald cut and was first produced in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland. The difference between an Asscher cut and an Emerald cut diamond is an Asscher cut is more of a square shape with larger step facets, a higher crown and a smaller table.
Marquise diamonds create an illusion of greater size due to their long and narrow shape. It makes an excellent choice for those trying to make the most of the perceived size of a diamond as it has one of the largest crown surface areas of any diamond shape. A higher color grade is preferable as the color may be visible in the corners. Just like the oval diamond, the marquise shape diamond best feature is makes the finger of the wearer appear longer and slender due to its elongated shape.
Oval diamonds are a modified brilliant-cut similar to almost all round cuts. The two shapes hold a comparable fire and brilliance where an oval diamond has an additional advantage of a lengthened shape, which can create the illusion of larger size.
The improved brilliant-cut pear shaped diamond is a blend of a round and a marquise shape, with a thin point on one end. Preferably, a pear shaped diamond should have a perfect symmetry where the point should line up with the apex of the rounded end. The upper and lower curves on the right and left side of the diamond (referred to as shoulders and wings) should form uniform thus symmetrical curves. It’s advisable to choose the higher end of the color grade spectrum since the sharp corner of the pear can make color more noticeable.
Heart shaped diamonds are modified brilliant-cut diamonds that possess a matchless and distinctive symbol of love which is common in solitaire pendants as well as rings. Having heart shaped diamonds that are more than 50 carats is sensible, for the reason that the heart shape is more difficult to remark in smaller diamonds, particularly after they are set in prongs. Its advisable to avoid lower color grades as the sharp corner of the heart shape can make the color more visible.