When it comes to diamonds, the most sought after shape is the Round Brilliant diamond. This is the choice of many and the first image that comes to mind when picturing a diamond or diamond ring. This shape has set the standard for all other diamond shapes and accounts for more than 75% of diamonds sold today.The most common brilliant cut is round. Other examples of brilliant cuts are heart, oval, marquise, and pear. All brilliants have 58 facets and are admired for their fire and sparkle. At Beverly Diamonds we offer a variety of diamond shapes, from traditional round diamonds to fancy shape diamonds.
The round diamond represents the highest advances in diamond cutting, maximizing fire and brilliance. When in doubt, the round is always a smart choice. The round diamond is the traditional choice for all occasions and preferred by many. Its circular proportions display the most "fire" and reflect more light back to the observer than any other shape. A round cut diamond has a total of 58 facets, 33 on the top portion called the crown and 25 facets on the bottom called the pavilion.
The oval diamond is an elliptical shape that is based on the brilliant cut. Because it creates the illusion of length, it is a popular style amongst women with small hands or short fingers. Due to its elongated shape and curvature, it is considered a classic and elegant diamond. The type of setting you choose for your oval-shaped diamond will greatly impact its appearance.
A variation on the brilliant cut, the marquise is an elongated shape with beautiful tapered points on each end. Its shape is flattering to the small hand, making it appear longer. The unique shape of the marquise diamond makes it approximately twice as long as it is wide.
The teardrop-shaped pear makes for a beautiful ring. Its cut is a cross between a brilliant and marquise, and is also well-suited to women with petite hands or short fingers. The pear shape usually has the 58 facet brilliant pattern, but can be cut with different numbers of pavilion mains of 8, 7, 6, or 4 facets.
The heart-shaped diamond is the most romantic of diamond shapes, popular especially around Valentine's Day. It is like a pear shape, but with a cleft at the top. The cutter's skill come into play in creating a stone with an even shape and a well-defined outline that will leave a lasting impression.
The emerald shape is a rectangle with corner facets and broad, flat planes. The emerald cut has 58 facets (25 crown, 8 girdle and 25 pavilion). Because of the angle, size, and shape of the facets, the emerald cut shows less brilliance and fire than other brilliant cut diamonds, yielding a subtle more conservative look. Inclusions and inferior color can be more pronounced in this particular cut; In fact, we rarely recommend this cut in lower grades. If you choose an emerald-cut with a lower clarity grade, such as SI, be sure to view the clarity graph on the diamond certificate as inclusions are much more obvious in this shape do to its unique structure.
This elegant shape is almost identical to the emerald cut except that it is square shaped. In 1902, Asscher Diamond Co. patented a rectilinear diamond cut. Developed by Joseph Asscher. They have a deep step-cut crown and pavilion that create what we call a "Step Cut Effect".
Baguette-Side or Accent Stone
The princess cut
was developed in the early 1980's by Betzalel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz. Square-shaped with many sparkling facets, the princess cut is one of the newest choices for the diamond engagement ring
and is one of the most popular fancy shaped diamonds on the market today. It especially enhances the hand with long, elegant fingers. The princess cut is referred as to as a square or rectangular modified brilliant in GIA grading reports. It may have either 50 facets (21 crown, 4 girdle
, 25 pavilion
) or 58 facets (21 crown, 4 girdle
, 33 pavilion
), depending on how the pavilion is cut.
Baguettes are smaller, rectangular-shaped stones with only a few steps. Baguettes most closely resemble an emerald cut in a much smaller size. They come as straight or tapered shapes and make great accent stones.
Cushion cut diamonds
have larger facets and rounded corners than most cuts so as to increase their sparkle under candlelight. The cushion cut is also sometimes referred to as the pillow-cut. This cut is not as shiny or brilliant as the round brilliant cut, but it has a romantic and classic look and definitely stands out from the crowd of round brilliants.
The Trillion cut diamond, first designed in Amsterdam, is cut into the shape of a wedge. The corners of this shape are either pointed or rounded and the body will vary depending on the stone's characteristics and the cutter's choice.
The radiant cut is very similar to the princess cut but is usually (though not always) a more rectangular outline and with the corners cut off.