On the 10th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me: 10 Shapes of Diamonds!

On the 10th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me: 10 Shapes of Diamonds!

ROUND

Also referred to as: TOLKOWSKY IDEAL CUT

Unique Features: Considered to be of ideal proportions to maximise brilliance and fire.

Facets: 58 (57 if culet pointed)

L /W Ratio: 1.00 – 1.02

Origin: 17th Century Mazarin

Expert Tip: Most brilliant and popular of all shapes; versatile and classic.

PRINCESS

Also referred to as: SQUARE – OR RECTANGULAR MODIFIED BRILLIANT

 Unique Features: Contemporary square cut, most brilliant of all square shapes.

 Facets: Usually 57 or 76

L/W Ratio: 1.00-1.05 (square) > 1.05 (rectangular)

Origin: 1970′s, developed from barion & quadrillion cuts.

Expert Tip: Ideal for long fingers and eternity bands.

EMERALD

Unique Features: Broad flat pane, truncated corners, step cut.

 Facets: Usually 57; varies depending on number of rows on crown and pavilion.

 L/W Ratio: Typically 1.30-1.50 (depending on taste)

Origin: Evolved from table cuts 20th Century.

Expert Tip: Clarity VS1 and higher is optimal.

ASSCHER

Also referred to as: SQUARE EMERALD CUT

 Unique Features: Brightest step cut, “hall of mirrors” effect.

 Facets: 50 or 58 (Royal Asscher has 74)

L/W Ratio: 1.00 – 1.05

Origin: Art-deco era, early 20th Century

Expert Tip: Clarity VS1 and higher is optimal.

PEAR

Also referred to as: PENDELOQUE or TEARDROP CUT

Unique Features: Unique shape with single point and rounded end.

Facets: Usually 56 to 58

L/W Ratio: 1.50-1.70

Origin: 15th Century

Expert Tip: Elongates finger, optimal colours H and above.

RADIANT

Also referred to as: SQUARE or RECTANGULAR MODIFIED BRILLIANT

 Unique Features: Signature trimmed edges, brilliant step cut.

 Facets: Usually 70

 L/W Ratio: 1.00-1.05 (square) >1.05-1.50 (rectangular)

Origin: 1977

 Expert Tip: Hides inclusions well.

OVAL

Somewhere in between the round brilliant and the pear shape…

Unique Features: Symmetrical, elongated rounded shape.

Facets: Usually 58

L/W Ratio: Typically 1.33-1.66

Origin: 19th Century

Expert Tip: Optimises carat weight and elongates finger.

CUSHION

Also referred to as: PILLOW or CANDLELIGHT CUT

Unique Features: Larger facets, light dispersive.

Facets: Usually 58

L/W Ratio: 1.00-1.05 (square) >1.10 (rectangular)

Origin: 19th Century

Expert Tip: Opt for modified brilliants with “crushed ice effect” if looking for more scintillation.

HEART

Ever the romantic choice… This is a rare and symbolic cut.

Unique Features: Exclusive heart shape design.

Facets: Usually 56-58

L/W Ratio: Typically 0.90 – 1.10

Origin: 16th Century

Expert Tip: Good symmetry is essential.

MARQUISE

Also referred to as: NAVETTE SHAPE

Unique Features: Long “navette” oval shape.

Facets: Usually 56-58

L/W Ratio: Ideally 1.85 – 2.10

Origin: 1745 French Royalty.

Expert Tip: Optimises carat weight and elongates finger.

Whatever your diamond shape preference, 77 Diamonds can help you find the perfect diamond for you. For more information please contact us at [email protected]

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