Let’s focus on diamonds for a bit. Every girl knows about the four C’s of Diamond buying, but it can be hard to remember what all the cuts look like. The cut of a diamond directly effects the amount of sparkle a diamond has. Cut can also affect how big your diamond looks. Carat is actuality the weight of the diamond, so depending on the cut a diamond can look bigger or smaller than a diamond with the same carat weight. A well cut diamond will look bigger than many diamonds of a heavier carat weight.
“What makes a good cut,” you may ask. The quality of a diamonds cut is affected by many factors.
1) Proportions: How wide and tall the diamond is will directly affect the brilliance of the stone.
a. Diamonds that are cut to shallows will not sparkle as much.
b. Diamonds that are too deep will not sparkle as well, because all the light will go out the sides of the diamond.
2) Symmetry: Symmetry of a diamond is how well the facets are aligned to make the diamond sparkle
a. Misaligned, clipped, and broken facets are common on diamonds. Look at the diamond, does it sparkle more on one side than another. If so, the symmetry is off. If you are still happy with the diamond, see if you can negotiate a cheaper price, because of the asymmetrical nature of the diamond.
Okay, so we’ve established what makes a good cut, but what do the cuts look like.
Asscher Cut Diamonds- The asscher cut was developed at the turn of the 20th century.
The asscher cut is the forerunner the now popular Emerald cut. It is square with cropped corners. There are several types of asscher cuts:
•Baguettes: Are long thin oblong asscher cuts.
•Step/Table Cut: Are square asscher cuts. They look like a pyramid that doesn’t come to a point.
Round Cut Diamonds- There are many verities of round cut diamonds. Some of the most popular are:
•Brilliant Cut Diamonds: The brilliant cut diamond was first cut in the 1600’s in the court of the French king, Louis the XIV. The modern round brilliant cut wasn’t perfected until the turn of the 20th century. Round brilliant cut diamonds are one of the most popular cuts for diamond solitaire engagement rings.
•Cushion Cut/Old Mine Cut Diamonds:The cushion cut was most popular in the 1800’s. It is a variation of the brilliant cut. The cut of the diamond allows lots of light to travel threw the diamond, making it one of the most sparkly diamond cuts.
•Single Cut Diamonds: A single cut diamond consist of 18 facets. Single cut diamonds are normally very small stones, like the stones you would see in a channel setting.
•Old European Cut Diamonds: The old European cut is an older form of the brilliant cut, that is less precisely cut than a brilliant cut.
•Rose Cut Diamonds: The rose cut dates back to 1520, and was created to resemble and opening rose but. A rose cut looks like a diamond that has been cut upside down with a flat bottom and a pointed top. Rose cuts can be seen in many diamond solitaire rings.
Here are some other cuts.
Trilliant Cut Diamonds- The trilliant cut diamond was designed in 1962 by the Diamond Company of New York. A trilliant cut is shaped like a triangle and has 31 facets.
Emerald Cut- The emerald cut is a long flat stone with mitered corners. It is less sparkly than many diamonds, but is perfect to showcase colored diamonds. An emerald cut settings often includes side stones to enhance the diamond. An emerald cut looks bigger for its carat weight than many other cuts. If you want a big rock, and are not as conserved about the sparkle, consider an emerald cut.
Heart Cut Diamonds- Heart cut diamonds are one of the easiest shapes to remember. It’s shaped like a heart. Choose the time you buy a heart cut carefully. Heart cuts are in high demand around Valentine’s Day and Christmas.
Marquise/Navette Cut Diamonds- The marquise cut was developed to resemble the mouth of King Louis XV’s mistress. They are most often seen as the center stone of engagement rings.
Oval Cut Diamonds: Oval Cut diamonds are covered in triangular facets. Most oval cut diamonds look like a swished brilliant cut.
Pear/Teardrop cut Diamond: The pear cut diamond was very popular in Elizabethan England. The pear shape is pointed at one end and round at the other, like a pear or teardrop.
Princess Cut Diamond:The princess cut was developed in Holland at the turn of the 20th century. The princess cut is very similar to the brilliant cut, and very sparkly.
Radiant Cut Diamonds:The radiant cut is one of the most recent diamond cuts. It was created in 1977 by the Radiant Cut Diamond Company. The radiant cut is a square or rectangle cut ,similar to an Emerald cut, but with more sparkle.
Articles From: www.weddings.sc/blog/2007/11/07/diamond-cuts-101/
Tuesday, November 12, 2013