Diamonds come in many different shapes. Each diamond shape possesses its own unique qualities, so exploring and learning about the various shapes is worth your while. Arthur's Jewelers offers the highest quality certified diamonds to satisfy all tastes.
In the year 2000, Star Diamond wanted to create a diamond that would not only be the most brilliant diamond in the industry, but be affordable as well. The creation of the Star 129 was made possible with advancements in state-of-the-art laser cutting technology. While most diamonds are still entirely cut by hand and are subject to human error, Star 129 diamonds are created with the latest computer guided lasers, which allow all Star 129 diamonds to be cut with 129 precisely placed facets. The Star 129 has more opportunities to shine than other diamonds because it is based on an intricate and exacting geometrical formula, creating an incredible amount of brilliance never achieved before.
The Round Brilliant shape diamond is the most popular of diamonds shapes. It consists of 58 facets and displays the most brilliance, fire, and scintillation of all diamond cuts on the market today. For almost 100 years, diamond cutters have been using advanced theories of light behavior and precise mathematical calculations to optimize the fire and brilliance in a round diamond. In addition to being the most popular and researched shape, a round diamond will typically give you more flexibility in terms of balancing cut, color, and clarity grades while still getting the fire and brilliance you want.
Princess shaped diamonds have sharp uncut pointed corners and with 58 facets are known for their brilliance and fire. There is no other rectangular or square shaped stone that comes close to the Princess in terms of brilliance. This is by far the most popular non-round diamond. The beautiful brilliance and unique cut are the main factors in making this shape as a popular engagement ring. A princess cut will look slightly smaller than a round diamond of the same carat weight because princess cuts are cut deeper in order to form the shape. Princess cuts are available in square or rectangular shapes although the square shape is most notable when considering a princess cut diamond.
The cushion cut diamond is a very unique diamond shape and looks great in today's vintage style engagement ring settings. The corners of the diamond have a gentle curve or rounded look and the diamond is cut with large facets that add big flashes of light. Cushion cuts are sought in square and rectangular shapes.
The emerald cut diamond has been around for many years and once was a popular choice for royalty and affluent people. Some of the most famous and valuable diamonds have been cut in the emerald shape. An emerald diamond is a member of the step cut family of diamond shapes, which include baguettes, Asscher, trapezoid, and bullet cut diamonds. Emerald diamonds have fewer yet larger flashes of light while round and princess diamonds have more yet smaller flashes of light.
The background of the Marquise cut diamondis very interesting. It is believed that the Sun King, Louis the XIV wanted a diamond to be cut like the smile of his mistress, Marquise de Pompadour. The marquise diamond can be one of the largest looking diamonds when compared to other shapes of the same carat weight.
The oval diamond has always been a favorite for people who have longer and more slender fingers. The longer length of an oval diamond will compliment a long and slender finger. The oval is considered to be a brilliant cut stone because it is cut very much like a round brilliant cut, this adds to the diamond's brilliance. Oval diamonds look great in a variety of length to width ratios and what you decide on is truly a personal preference.
The Pear shape diamond was highly popular during the Renaissance period. A Pear cut diamond is a half Oval and half Marquise. The stone is pointed at one end and rounded on the other. An ideal Pear cut has 58 facets offering an enormous display of brilliance and fire. The diamond tends to look bigger than other shapes of the same carat weight and it also looks great with Trillian's or additional pears on the side of an engagement ring.
The Radiant has the brilliance and fire of the traditional Round Brilliant but the shape of the Emerald and Asscher cuts. The Radiant was designed with 70 facets for the maximum amount of brilliance. It has cropped corners and is often slightly more rectangular over square diamonds. A radiant cut diamond is very much like a princess cut and most people find both equally attractive. A Radiant cut pavilion is similar to a Round diamond which allows more light in and out of the diamond.
The Asscher brothers of Holland created the Asscher cut diamond over 50 years ago. In the beginning only the world's most affluent and powerful people could own an Asscher diamond. Now this beautifully designed diamond is available to anyone who appreciates its beauty. The Asscher cut is considered a member of the step cut family because the pavilion facets run parallel to one another in a series of steps. With its 72 wide step facets it resembles that of an octagon and sparkles like the Round Brilliant. It is cut very much like the emerald cut except that the Asscher cut is square while the emerald is rectangular.
The Heart is the ultimate symbol of love and is known as the most romantic of all shaped diamonds. The Heart cut diamond is essentially a Pear shaped diamond with a cleft at the top. It consists of 59 facets and is full of brilliance and fire. The heart shape diamond looks great in engagement rings and also looks great as a solitaire necklace. A good length to width ratio is critical when choosing a great looking heart diamond.