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Fancy Shapes Guide
Different Diamond Shapes and Cuts
May 21, 2024

In the world of diamonds, the allure goes beyond mere sparkle and brilliance; it lies in the captivating array of shapes that each gemstone embodies. From the timeless elegance of the round brilliant to the modern sophistication of the princess cut, every diamond shape tells a unique story of craftsmanship and beauty. Whether you’re searching for the perfect engagement ring or adding to your jewelry collection, understanding the nuances of diamond shapes is essential in selecting a piece that resonates with your style and personality. Know more about fancy shapes and cuts in loose diamonds.

Round Cut Diamond:
The round cut diamond is the most popular diamond shape, representing approximately 75% of all diamonds sold. Due to the mechanics of its shape, the round diamond is generally superior to fancy shapes at the proper reflection of light, maximising potential brightness. Know more about round cut diamond.

The traditional round full cut diamond has been around for centuries. It is renowned for its timeless appeal, boasting 57 or 58 precisely crafted facets that maximize brilliance and fire. With standardised proportions, including a depth percentage typically ranging from 58% to 63% and a table percentage between 53% and 58%, it ensures optimal light reflection and dispersion, resulting in unparalleled beauty and sparkle.

Round Full cut diamond

Round Full cut diamond

Princess Cut Diamond:
The princess cut diamond, first created in 1980, is the most popular fancy diamond shape, especially for engagement rings. Like round cut diamonds, princess cut diamonds are a good choice for their flexibility in working in almost any style of ring. The princess cut diamond, known for its square or rectangular shape, typically features a facet count ranging from 50 to 58, optimizing brilliance and sparkle.

Its proportions adhere to specific length-to-width ratios, commonly between 1.0 and 1.05, ensuring a balanced and symmetrical appearance. Know more about princess cut diamonds and how you can order it in your measurements and parameters.

Princess Cut Diamond

Princess Cut Diamond

Oval Diamonds:
Because the oval diamond is a modified brilliant-cut (like virtually all round cut diamonds), the two diamond shapes possess a similar fire and brilliance. However, oval cut diamonds have the added advantage of an elongated shape, which can create the illusion of greater size. This lovely cut provides a diamond with considerable brilliance and fire if it is properly proportioned. In comparison to a round brilliant with the same carat weight, the oval shape has a higher surface area. It might appear bigger while displaying the same amount of fire and brilliance. It typically features a facet count ranging from 56 to 58, meticulously arranged to maximize brilliance and fire.

ts proportions commonly include a length-to-width ratio between 1.33 and 1.66, with a depth percentage typically ranging from 58% to 66%, ensuring a balanced and elegant appearance with captivating sparkle and symmetry. Know more about Oval cut diamonds and how you can order it in your measurements and parameters, specially with lines and layouts.

Oval Cut Diamond

Oval Cut Diamond

Marquise Diamond:
The marquise cut diamond is a football-shaped, modified brilliant-cut. Because the marquise diamond is long and narrow, it can also create the illusion of greater size. Carat for carat, the marquise diamond has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape, making it a good choice when trying to maximize perceived size. The Marquise diamond can sometimes be referred to as the Navette shape (Boat). Its cut is a historically renowned and vintage-inspired shape that embodies tradition and romanticism. This gorgeous elliptical form, which combines proportion and symmetry, has strong edges that draw attention to the weight and brilliance of the diamonds.

The marquise-cut diamond features an elongated shape with pointed ends, maximizing brilliance with its 58 facets. Its length-to-width ratio typically ranges from 1.75 to 2.25, creating an elegant appearance. Symmetry is crucial, and attention to the bowtie effect should be considered for optimal light performance. Know more about Marquise cut diamonds and how you can order it in your measurements and parameters.

Marquise Cut Diamond

Marquise Cut Diamond

Pear Shaped Diamonds:
The modified brilliant-cut pear shaped diamond is a combination of a round and a marquise shape, with a tapered point on one end. Ideally, a pear shaped diamond should possess excellent or very good symmetry. The point should line up with the apex of the rounded end. The shoulders and wings (the upper and lower curves on the right and left side of the diamond) should form uniform, symmetrical curves.

The length-to-width ratio, crucial for its appearance, often ranges between 1.4 and 1.7, with variations based on personal preference. This cut maximizes the diamond’s carat weight, giving it a larger appearance than other cuts of similar weight. When choosing a pear-cut diamond, it’s important to consider symmetry, ensuring both sides are evenly balanced for optimal sparkle and beauty. Know more about Pear cut diamonds and how you can order it in your measurements and parameters.

Pear Cut Diamond

Pear Cut Diamond

Cushion Cut Diamond:
The cushion cut diamond combines a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow (hence the name). This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years, and for the first century of its existence was the most popular diamond shape (similar to round cut today). Refinements in cut have led to a recent resurgence in popularity.

They come with rounded edges, giving them a softer visual appeal. Formerly known as mine cut, this diamond shape finds its origin in the old Brazilian mines. The old mine cut had a total of 58 facets – 33 crown facets and 25 pavilion facets. However, the contemporary cushion cut flaunts its dazzling 64 facets and outshines its old mine counterparts. Know more about Cushion cut diamonds and how you can order it in your measurements and parameters.

Cushion Cut Diamond

Cushion Cut Diamond

Emerald Cut Diamonds:
The unique look of the emerald cut diamond is due to the step cuts of its pavilion and its large, open table. Instead of the sparkle of a brilliant-cut, emerald cut diamonds produce a hall-of-mirrors effect, with the interplay of light and dark planes. Often, inclusions or body color are easier to see in an emerald cut diamond. The modern-day, rectangular emerald-cut features 49 linear facets and angular cut corners.

The emerald cut exudes lustre and brilliance in a rather subtle manner. However, the long body of this fancy shape diamond makes it the showstopper amongst its counterparts. An emerald cut is all about intense geometry and sophistication and is largely preferred by those who want to make a bold statement. Know more about Emerald cut diamonds and how you can order it in your measurements and parameters.

Emerald Cut Diamond

Emerald Cut Diamond

Asscher Cut Diamonds:
The Asscher cut diamond was first produced in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland, and is a forerunner to the emerald cut. The Asscher cut diamond is similar to the emerald cut, but in a square shape with larger step facets, a higher crown, and a smaller table. This combination often produces more brilliance than the emerald cut. It was invented by legendary diamond cutter Joseph Asscher, founder of I J Asscher Diamond Company. At the time of its invention, Joseph Asscher had a patent put on his unique design.

The original Asscher cut diamond pattern was created to have 50 or 58 facets. It was almost square in its original iteration, being ideally cut to 1:1.04, very slightly longer than square. Its unique facet arrangement results in a sparkling effect called “the hall of mirrors.” Know more about Asscher cut diamonds and how you can order it in your measurements and parameters.

Asscher cut Diamond

Asscher cut Diamond

Radiant Cut Diamonds:
The radiant cut diamond is the first rectangular cut to have a complete brilliant-cut facet pattern applied to both the crown and pavilion, creating a vibrant and lively diamond. The modified square shape is a nice bridge between a cushion and a princess cut, and for that reason looks beautiful set with both rounded or square cornered diamonds. Sparkling with fire and brilliance, the radiant cut is adorned by 70 facets from its pavilion to its crown.

The lovely faceting structure of Radiants also makes it a popular choice for colored diamonds. Know more about Radiant cut diamonds and how you can order it in your measurements and parameters.

Radiant cut Diamond

Radiant cut Diamond

Heart Shaped Diamonds:
The modified brilliant-cut heart shaped diamond is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love, popular in solitaire pendants as well as rings. Heart shaped diamonds less than .50 carats may not be a good choice, since the heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are set in prongs. As the ultimate symbol of love, a heart-shaped diamond is a popular choice for engagement rings and the perfect way to remember a romantic Valentine’s Day proposal.

This shape is also often paired with earrings or set into a pendant to mark a special anniversary. The Heart Shape Cut is a brilliant cut which typically has 57 facets, of which there may be 6, 7, or 8 main facets on the pavilion. Its triangular and kite-shaped facets give it as much fire, brilliance and scintillation as a Round Brilliant or Princess Cut.

Heart Cut Diamond

Heart Cut Diamond

Single Cut Diamonds:
Single cut diamonds are round diamonds that have 16 or 17 facets. They feature what is called an 8/8 arrangement which is 8 facets along with the crown and 8 facets on the pavilion of the diamond plus a table facet for a total of 17 facets. They were commonly used in jewelry through the 1800s and up to 1950 when it became possible to cut smaller diamonds with a larger number of facets and also into full cut diamonds due to technological advancements. Single cut diamonds doesn’t mean they would have one single cut.

These small shaped diamonds weigh a little less compared to a full cut with facets that are different from a usual brilliant cut diamond. They are not expensive as compared to the full cut diamonds because of their smaller size and lesser facets, thus they require less labor and time to create. Dharam Export specializes in manufacturing top make single cut diamonds ranging from 0.45mm and up. Majorly used it High end watches, jewelry and art deco inspired designs, single cut is still a favourite pick for the designers worldwide.

Single Cut Round Diamond

Single Cut Round Diamond

Baguette Cut Diamond:
Baguette cuts have 14 facets in general depending on the size. A Baguette cut diamond is a slim, rectangular-shaped diamond with an elongated profile and right-angled corners. Baguettes are great accompaniments to help showcase a center stone. Baguettes are part of the Step Cut family, which also includes Emerald and Asscher Cuts. There are a total of 14 Facets generally in majority of case, but they can range upto 24 depending on the steps and cuts. This number is although much less than the other fancy cuts like radiant, asscher and emerald. These diamonds are among the best choices for high end luxury watches and jewelry.

Specially for the projects that involve invisible and channel settings. Luxury high end watches mostly use baguette cut diamonds with high precision and calibration to set them on various parts of the watches. Dharam Export specializes in manufacturing top make precise cut natural diamonds in high calibration for the watch projects. Starting from 0.001cts to 0.30cts.

Baguette Cut Diamond

Baguette Cut Diamond

Taper Cut Baguette: A tapered baguette is a type of cut for a gemstone that creates a trapezoidal shape with one end narrower than the other. These elongated diamonds are often small and will be shaped in such a way that all four ends are flat with two longer edges and two shorter edges, one of which is tapered to be smaller than the other. The tapered baguette uses the emerald cut for a more classical look, rather than the brilliant cut, and therefore has larger, flatter facets than the round alternative. The shape is slightly more difficult to cut than a traditional diamond type and therefore is less common than round alternatives. It is one of the best choices for sidestones when it comes to cocktail and engagement rings.

Tapered diamonds are mostly used as accents and are placed on either side of the centre stone. This silhouette most commonly accompanies classic shapes like princess cut diamonds, round brilliants and oval diamonds. They can also be put together in groups to create a fan shape or in a curved pattern to give the ornament a distinctive style. Starting from 0.001cts to 0.30cts, you can custom order these stones for your projects with NO minimum order quantity by filling this form.

 Taper Baguette Cut Diamond

Taper Baguette Cut Diamond

Hexagon Cut Diamond:
The hexagon diamond is a six-sided polygon that takes after the original hexagon shape and as such offers a totally unique diamond shape and viewing experience. Known for their geometric lines and appealing aesthetics, hexagon cut diamonds were most prominent during the 1920s during the rise of the art deco movement. As such, owners of hexagonal diamonds know that not only is their diamond stunning, but rare and prestigious. In fact, the hexagon’s vintage charm is so sought after and difficult to find, that halo engagement rings have become popular in their own right attempting to recreate them, often combining the Brilliant Round Cut with Baguette Cuts surrounding it, among other combinations, but nothing beats the original Hexagon. Hexagon cut diamonds can be made in multiple faceting : Brilliant cut and step cut. Some brands have also created patented proprietary cuts with this shape.

Hexagon Shape Diamond

Hexagon Shape Diamond

Trapezoid Cut Diamond: The trapezoid, or trapeze cut diamond is a four sided shape with two parallel sides and two that slant inwards. Trapezoid diamonds are cut in either the brilliant style or step cut like that of an emerald cut diamond. Trapezoids are most commonly used as side stones as their shape enables them to be nestled either side of many of the other shapes. Trapezoids are the top choices for jewelers and designers when it comes to side stones.

They come in 2 faceting – Step cut and brilliant cut depending on the design and center stone. Some also prefer French cuts, who always have a taste in vintage and antique inspired jewelry. Know more about trapezoid cut diamonds at Dharam Export India

Trapezoid Cut Diamond

Trapezoid Cut Diamond

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