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The 4 C’s In Detail: Cut | Diamonds

Posted in Diamonds by La Vivion on 24th July, 2015
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Diamonds come in a variety of shapes and colours. What should you look out for when choosing a diamond in terms of shape?


TheMost Commonly Used Shapes In Diamonds


Round – this is called the classic cut, as the majority of diamonds sold in the world are round in shape. The depth percentage of a rounded gemstone should ideally vary between 58 and 63 percent, and the table in between should be 55 and 64 percent.


Marquise Cut – legend has it that this cut was inspired by the shape of the Marquise of Pompadour’s mouth. Generally the length-to-width ratio should be in between 1.75: 1 to 2:1. Typically, a marquise cut diamond has 56 facets.


Princess Cut – this cut has sharp corners and is cut into a square. This gemstone style is referred to as the vertical direction crown and has 76 facets, which results in greater brilliance compared to a round shape.


Radiant Cut – rectangular-shaped stone has cut corners and 62-70 facets. This cut is ideal for use in centre stones in rings and pendants.


Emerald Cut – usually a rectangular, this shape has flat planes on the outside edges which make it ideal for pairing with other types of gemstones. The recommended length-to-width ratio is between 1.5:1 and 1.75:1.


Pear Shape – this cut is based on the traditional configuration of a round diamond, and has 56 facets. Ideal in engagement rings, necklaces and earrings, the pear shape is highly popular.


Oval Cut – this shape originated in the early 1960s. The ideal ratio of length to width is 1.5: 1, with possible variations in between 1.4:1 or 1.6:1. With 56 facets this cut is widely used in engagement rings.


Heart Shape – this cut is perfect for romantic occasions. The width should ideally be 10% wider than the head-to-point length.


Trilliant – triangular diamonds are also referred to as Trills and Trilliant diamonds. They can be cut with straight sides or with the sides bowed outwards, and an equilateral triangle shape is optimum. The triangular cut pairs with other stones on rings, stud earrings and solitaire pendant necklaces.


Asscher Cut – this shape is a modified square cut Emerald that has a smaller table and a bigger step facet. With cut corners it is lighter and in high demand due to the increasing popularity of Antique style engagement rings.


Cushion Cut –this cut has 58 facets, and resembles a soft pillow shape. The demand for this cut has increased recently as this shape looks wonderful in antique settings.


Get Gorgeous Diamonds In Different Shapes At La Vivion


Each of these forms offers a unique aesthetics that looks incredible with natural gemstones.

If you would like to find out more about diamond cuts, feel free to contact us by emailing enquiries@lavivion.com 

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