Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Diamonds Are Forever

How well do you really know your diamond? If you are one of the lucky ladies that get to choose your ring, this guide might help you.

Round Brilliant
Round Brilliant

This is the shape that has set the traditional standard for all diamond shapes.


Oval — This is a symmetrical design which is even and appeals to many small handed women seemingly elongating hands and fingers.


Marquise — This shape is elongated with pointed ends.


Pear — This cut combines the oval and marquise shapes. It is the hybrid shape that looks like a sparkling teardrop. It beautifully compliments the average size hand and fingers. It is gorgeous for pendants and earrings.


Heart — A pear shaped diamond with a cleft on the top. The extraordinary skill of the cutter determines the beauty of this cut. Look for a stone with an even shape and a well-defined outline.


Emerald — This shape is known as a step cut because its concentric broad, flat planes resemble stair steps. A rectangular shape with cut corners.


Princess — This is a square or rectangular shape with many facets. This is a relatively new cut and often finds its way into solitaire engagement rings.


Trilliant — This is the spectacular wedge shape. The shape may look like a traditional triangle with pointed corners, but more rounded shapes can be found.


Radiant — This is a square or rectangular shape. The elegance of the emerald and the brilliance of the round shape marks this cut. 70 facets maximize the effect of its color refraction.

Cushion Cut

Cushion Cut — Late 19th and early 20th style antique type shape. Remnants of the "Old Mine Cut", a deep cut with large facets.

Asscher Cut

Asscher Cut — This cut was made popular in the 1920's by the Asscher Diamond Company in Amsterdam. Its art deco feeling was very popular at the time. The company went out of business during the Depression and Asscher cuts disappeared from the market. Recently this shape has come back into style.

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