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About the Marquise Diamond Cut

An elongated shape with pointed ends inspired by the fetching smile of the Marquise de Pompadour and commissioned by the Sun King, France's Louis XIV, who wanted a diamond to match it. It is gorgeous when used as a solitaire or when enhanced by smaller diamonds.

Like the emerald, the marquise is a traditional shape. This is probably the fourth most popular shape behind the round, princess and oval.

 

About the Round Diamond Cut

This shape has set the standard for all other diamond shapes. The Classic cut. Accounts for more than 75% of diamonds sold today.

 

About the Princess Diamond Cut

This is a square or rectangular cut with numerous sparkling facets. It is a relatively new cut and often finds its way into solitaire engagement rings. Flattering to a hand with long fingers, it is often embellished with triangular stones at its sides.

A square cut diamond that has refractive properties almost near round brilliant.

 

About the Emerald Diamond Cut

This is a rectangular shape with cut corners. A traditional octagonal cut. It is known as a step cut because its concentric broad, flat planes resemble stair steps. Since inclusions and inferior color are more pronounced in this particular cut, take pains to select a stone of superior clarity and color.

 

About the Heart Diamond Cut

This ultimate symbol of romance is essentially a pear-shaped diamond with a cleft at the top. The skill of the cutter determines the beauty of the cut. Look for a stone with an even shape and a well-defined outline. Prefered by some customers for sentimental purposes.

 

About the Pear Diamond Cut

A hybrid cut, combining the best of the oval and the marquise, it is shaped most like a sparkling teardrop. It also belongs to that category of diamond whose design most complements a hand with small or average-length fingers. It is particularly beautiful for pendants or earrings.

The tear shape diamond has fairly good proportions to refract light well. The Pear cut combines the brilliance and form of a round stone with the elongated elegance of a marquise.

 

About the Radiant Diamond Cut

This square or rectangular cut combines the elegance of the emerald shape diamond with the brilliance of the round, and its 70 facets maximize the effect of its color refraction.

 

About the Oval Diamond Cut

An even, perfectly symmetrical design popular among women with small hands or short fingers. Its elongated shape gives a flattering illusion of length to the hand.

Reminiscent of the round brilliant cut, both in sparkle and shape.

 

About the Asscher Diamond Cut

Developed in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland. It is a stepped square cut, often called the "square emerald cut" and like an emerald cut, the Asscher has cropped corners.

The Asscher cut was inspired by the table cuts of the Renaissance, however, it was a big departure form the brilliant cuts that dominated the1800’s and was a forerunner of the standard emerald cut. Because of its high crown and small table, the Asscher cut has more light and fire than an emerald cut.

 

About the Cushion Diamond Cut

An antique style of cut that looks like a cross between an Old Mine Cut (a deep cut with large facets that was common in the late 19th and the early 20th centuries) and a modern oval cut.

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