Diamond Cuts; the Pros & Cons

Diamond Cuts; the Pros & Cons


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Diamonds are a girl's best friend, or so the saying goes. But did you know that the type of cut can make all the difference? Let's take a look at some of the most popular diamond cuts, and their strengths and weaknesses.

  • Round Cut: The classic round cut is the most popular choice for engagement rings, and for good reason. Its symmetrical shape maximises the diamond's brilliance and fire, making it sparkle like crazy. The downside? It's also the most expensive cut, thanks to its popularity.

  • Oval Cut: The oval cut is a classic shape that's similar to the round cut, but elongated. It's a great choice if you want something a little more unique than a round cut, but still want that classic look. The downside? The elongated shape can sometimes make imperfections in the diamond more visible.

  • Emerald Cut: The emerald cut is a rectangular shape with cropped corners. It's a more understated look, but still very elegant. The long, flat planes of the diamond make it less sparkly, but it also shows off the diamond's clarity better.

  • Cushion Cut: The cushion cut is a square or rectangular shape with rounded corners, giving it a softer, more romantic look. It's a great choice if you want something a little more unique, and it's also more forgiving of imperfections in the diamond.

  • Marquise Cut: The marquise cut is an elongated diamond with pointed ends, resembling a football or a boat. It's a great choice if you want a diamond that looks larger than its carat weight, thanks to its elongated shape. The downside? The pointed ends can also be prone to chipping.

  • Pear Cut: The pear cut is a teardrop-shaped diamond with one pointed end and one rounded end. It's a great choice if you want something a little more unconventional, and it also looks great as a pendant or earrings. The downside? The pointed end can be prone to chipping.

  • Asscher Cut: The asscher cut is a square shape with cropped corners, similar to the emerald cut but with more facets. It's a great choice if you want a vintage look with a little more sparkle. The downside? It's like wearing your grandmother's earrings, but with more pizzazz.

  • Radiant Cut: The radiant cut is a square or rectangular shape with cropped corners, similar to the princess cut but with more facets. It's a great choice if you want a diamond that sparkles like crazy. The downside? It's like wearing a disco ball on your finger. Not sure if thats a "downside" actually...

  • Kite Cut: The kite cut is a triangular shape with pointed corners, resembling a kite. It's a great choice if you want something a little more unique. The downside? It's spread is up the finger, so you will generally need a cluster of accent stones to lift the entire design.

  • Princess Cut: The princess cut is a square-shaped diamond with pointed corners. It's a great choice if you want a more modern look, and it's also more affordable than the round cut. The downside? The pointed corners can be prone to chipping.

  • Rose Cut: The rose cut is a unique cut that has a flat bottom and a domed top with triangular facets. It's a great choice if you want a vintage look with a twist. The downside? It is a 'windowed' cut, in which the depth of the sparkle is limited due to the lack of a pavilion to rebound and spit that rainbow back at the eye!

So there you have it, a rundown of some of the most popular diamond cuts and their strengths and weaknesses. Just remember, no matter which cut you choose, the most important thing is that it makes you happy (and maybe a little bit sparkly).

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