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A diamond's cut and a diamond's shape are often confused with each other. It is important to understanding the difference when purchasing a diamond. From our previous post, we touched on the 4 C's: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat. Cut is the most important because this is how a diamond is valued.
A diamond's cut is the property that determines the brilliance and sparkle factor of the diamond. A diamond's cut has the biggest effect on a diamond's beauty. Cut refers to the facets, symmetry, dimensions and reflective qualities of the diamond. When a diamond is poorly cut, light leaks out from the pavilion facets of the diamond which diminishes its brilliance and sparkle. In a well cut diamond, light that is drawn into the diamond will reflect and refract back into the viewer’s eyes as brilliance and fire. CUT is arguably the most important factor that affect a diamond’s appearance.
Below is a diagram that shows the different types of cut a diamond can be cut. The cuts are: Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good, and Ideal. You can see that there are less facets in a poorly cut diamond versus an ideal cut.
A diamond's shape refers to the form of the diamond while cut refers to how the diamond's proportions reflect light. Each shape has its own unique properties which affects how sparkly the diamond will appear.
Here is a list of the most popular shapes:
Round: Traditional, classic, & timeless
Princess: Traditional with a modern edge.
Emerald: Confident risk taker with a love for the retro.
Asscher: Trend-setter with a touch of vintage whimsey.
Marquise: Larger than life with a flair for the dramatic.
Oval: Bold, unique, & sophisticated.
Radiant: Traditional with a unique twist.
Pear: For those who play by their own set of rules.
Heart: Confident show stealer.
Cushion: Feminine & romantic.
Remember that each diamond shape looks different on any hand. It is great to try different shapes even if they were not your first choice. You never know which shape will speak to you until you see it for yourself in person. Here at Robert Palma Designs, we will be with you every step of the way and here to answer any of your questions.