As the beautiful diamond is the traditional birthstone for April, we thought it would be timely to explore diamonds, in particular, different diamond cuts.
The questions below are those we are frequently asked, especially when choosing an engagement ring.
What are the different diamond cuts?
There are 10 traditional diamond cuts that include round cut, princess cut, cushion cut, emerald cut, oval cut, pear cut, Asscher cut, marquise cut, radiant cut and heart shaped cut.
These are the most popular diamond cuts, however, there are additional cuts such as baguettes, bullets, half-moons, trillion, old mine and rose cut.
This article will explore traditional cut diamonds that are most requested, especially when it comes to engagement rings.
What are the different diamond cuts by popularity?
The following list outlines the diamond cuts that are most requested by our clients:
- Round Cut
- Princess Cut
- Cushion Cut
- Emerald Cut
- Oval Cut
- Pear Cut
- Asscher Cut
- Marquise Cut
- Radiant Cut
- Heart Shaped Cut
Round Cut Diamonds
Round cut diamonds are the most classic of cuts. The brilliant faceting produces maximum sparkle. Round cut diamonds tend to be best suited to those who want a traditional look that will not date.
Princess Cut Diamonds
Princess cut diamonds are square on top, featuring four bevelled sides coming to a point underneath the stone ,creating lots of sparkle and making them look bigger. Princess cut diamonds are for those who love a contemporary look with clean lines.
Cushion Cut Diamonds
Cushion cut diamonds have curved corners and brilliant facets. They are perfect for wearers who are looking for a feminine, soft, and classic cut.
Emerald Cut Diamonds
Emerald cut diamonds are classic and elegant. The elongated shape makes them perfect for those wanting to elongate their hands and are seeking refinement and a classic cut.
Oval Cut Diamonds
With a beautiful oval appearance, oval cut diamonds are elegant and classic. They are perfect for those wanting a stylish cut that catches the light.
Pear Cut Diamonds
Pear cut diamonds give a beautifully elongated look. They are the chosen cut for those wanting something a bit different but still classic.
Asscher Cut Diamonds
Asscher cut diamonds exude an old-world charm. This cut was a staple of art deco and art nouveau era jewellery, producing outstanding brilliance and creating a ‘hall of mirrors’ effect. This cut is perfect for those who are seeking an elegant, unique and sophisticated cut.
Marquise Cut Diamonds
Marquise cut diamonds are oval, meeting in a point. They are suited to those wanting to elongate their hands and provide an elegant alternative to brilliant round cuts.
Radiant Cut Diamonds
Radiant cut diamonds are similar to emerald cuts, with truncated corners. With 70 light reflecting facets, they are suited to wearers who like a lot of sparkle.
Heart Shaped Cut Diamonds
Heart shaped cut diamonds are one of the most difficult shapes to cut. They are for wearers who want a unique and bold cut.
Which diamond cut is better?
There is no right answer with regards to which diamond cut is better.
It comes down to personal taste and style and often clients won’t know which cut really ‘speaks’ to them until they come in for a diamond viewing and see a line-up of loose diamonds. There is always one that stands out and shines above the rest.
When selecting a diamond cut, especially for an engagement ring, it depends on several things including the wearers style, preferences, and budget. We also suggest a style that will be timeless and not date.
That is why round brilliant cut and princess cut are our most popular cuts in engagement rings, however, we are seeing other cuts such as cushion cut, emerald cut and oval and pear cut gaining momentum this year.
If you are thinking of proposing to your April love, visit us at 24 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont to view our extensive range of engagement rings. If you would like something custom made, speak with us about custom making an engagement ring just for you.