Diamond Cuts and Shapes
Diamonds are an incredibly versatile precious stone, and although you obviously need an expert to do the cutting they really do offer the ability to be crafted to suit most personal tastes. The shape of the diamond, alternatively known as the cut has been evolved over the centuries to enable this precious stone to display light in the most brilliant and attractive way possible.
Different cuts have made their way into popular culture some having been around for over a century and more that have just been designed in the latter part of the 21st century and beyond.
The titles of diamond cuts, or at least the more popular ones , are: Round, Princess, Emerald, Asscher, Pear, Radiant, Oval, Cushion, Heart, Marquise and Trillion.
Many of the design are favoured in the jewellery industry in the production of both engagement and wedding rings as well as high end necklaces and ear rings.
The heart cut is an obvious, yet not cliche choice for a wedding ring design and this shape, and the curve and finish can be mastered to produce a spectacular sparkle – definitely one to impress the wedding guests!
The Asscher cut gained popularity back in the early parts of the 20th century as is a shape that has a rich history, begun and continued by the Asscher family, in Amsterdam, after whom the shape is named. The design has been brought back into mainstream jewellery sales, whilst retaining its patented art deco appeal, by A-list celebrities such as Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba proudly adorning an Asscher cut engagement ring.
The most popular diamond cut though remains the round shape. This is due to its simplistic design and brilliance but also due to the fact that it has been researched and improved more than any other design so it offers reflective brilliance that has been built on the foundations of mathematical and scientific theory.
The other shapes all offer their own unique nuances and quality that emphasise just how flexible and beautiful this most precious of stone is and the jewellery design options it presents can be stunning – without having to break the bank.