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The Most Wanted Diamond Cuts In The World

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The Most Wanted Diamond Cuts In The World

Deciding to buy a diamond ring can be overwhelming. You need to have thorough understanding about grading scales, colors, certificates and inclusions before starting to shop. Do you know the very important “four Cs”?

The four Cs describe the grading system designed for diamonds. It stands for cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. The “fifth C” stands for certificates.

Clarity is measured by knowing the visibility, number and size of inclusions or inner flaws during the diamond’s formation. Clear diamonds tend to have more brilliance so they are more highly sought and more expensive.

Colorless diamonds are the greatest desire of many because it means the diamond allows the most sparkle or refraction of light. Off white diamonds are absorbing light which inhibits brilliance.

Carat weight is the unit of weight which is used to measure a diamond. Because it is rare to find large diamonds, the price of a diamond increases exponentially to its actual size.

Cut is perhaps the most significant and most challenging of all. In the world of diamonds, the term “cut” may refer to two different things. First, it is used to define the diamond’s shape. The other one is used in describing the reflective characteristics of a diamond. Based on a diamond’s reflective quality, the stone earns a score on certificates for diamonds.

The diamond certificate which is also known as the grading report or fifth C is a comprehensive appraisal of a diamond that has been done by a licensed expert who uses specialized gemological tools. The certificate contains the stone’s recognizable and unique features

However, if you want to skip all of these basic pointers, you can just decide for the diamond cut you want to buy and start shopping. You can surely find the diamond you will love and fits your budget by knowing the different famous diamond cuts.

For an average buyer, one can decide to buy a diamond ring or pendant based on the diamond’s shape. Here are the ten most wanted diamond cuts in the world.

10. Radiant Cut Diamonds

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The radiant cut diamond is a sophisticated square or rectangular cut which possesses the brilliance of a round cut and the class of the princess cut. With its modified square shape pattern, the color refraction is maximized so it becomes very desirable to those searching for fancy shaped diamonds.

Sample price of Radiant cut diamond as of 2013:

Shape: Radiant Cut

Color F (colorless)

Clarity IF (internally flawless)

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Price: USD $2,803

Each diamond cut has special qualities that will match the person who will wear it. In case you are buying for someone else as an engagement ring or as a gift, you need to somehow get an idea on the shape preference of the receiver. The price and the quality of the diamond depends on the buyer. Given the ten most popular diamond cuts, you can have the best jewelry or give the best one by picking the perfect diamond shape.

9. Heart Shaped Diamonds

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This is an elegant shape of a diamond which symbolizes love and is the most popular choice on pendants. Making the diamond look like a pear with a cleft on its top needs top-of-the-line skill to create an even shape. Like the pear cut, the diamond should be large so that the shape can be easily perceived.

Heart shaped diamonds have different silhouettes—- from narrow to fat. The silhouette depends on the personal taste of the buyer though the ideal length-to-width ratio of a classic heart cut diamond is about 1.00. If the diamond will be used as pendants, it is recommended to have a narrower cut (about 1.05 to 1.15).

Sample price of heart cut diamond as of 2013:

Shape: Heart Cut

Color F (colorless)

Clarity IF (internally flawless)

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Price: USD $2,803

8. Asscher Cut Diamonds

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The origin of this cut is the Asscher Diamond Company situated in Holland. This was introduced in an era where art deco was a popular trend. Though the company had to close down due to the effect of Depression, the stone still keeps the company’s name. After fading from the market scene for several decades, the cut, which is believed to be the inspiration of emerald cut, has turn into a fashionable item for the past years. It is square in shape with a smaller table, bigger steps and taller crown than the fancy emerald cut.

Sample price of Asscher cut diamond as of 2013:

Shape: Asscher Cut

Color F (colorless)

Clarity IF (internally flawless)

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Price: USD $2,803

7. Emerald Cut Diamonds

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This is another fancy cut for a diamond and it is also known as step cut because of the flat planes that are similar to steps. Its uniqueness comes from its rectangular shape with cut corners. Extra caution is needed when buying this type of diamond cut because the low-grade color and inclusions are likely to become more noticeable.

Sample price of oval cut diamond as of 2013:

Shape: Emerald Cut

Color F (colorless)

Clarity IF (internally flawless)

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Price: USD $2,803 


6. Cushion Cut Diamonds

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For this cut, the shape is a combination of square cut plus rounded corners which is like the pillow (hence its name). This has been around for almost two centuries and was so popular on its first century of presence.

Sample price of cushion cut diamond as of 2013:

Shape: Cushion Cut

Color F (colorless)

Clarity IF (internally flawless)

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Price: USD $2,803

5. Pear-Shaped Diamonds

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The pear shape is a cross-breed of marquise cut and oval cut diamonds. Its point is tapered that made it appears like a teardrop. Its hybrid cut makes it uniquely beautiful but you need to have minimum of five carats to fully appreciate the effect and it should have perfect symmetry. The cut can match any hand size and shape. However, it is more popular as pendants and earrings.

Sample price of pear cut diamond as of 2013:

Shape: Pear Cut

Color F (colorless)

Clarity IF (internally flawless)

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Price: USD $2,803 


4. Marquise Diamonds

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This is a modified brilliant cut which was based on the smile of Marquise de Pompadour. It is an elongated and modified version of the brilliant cut. The diamond can be a standalone but can also blend well with smaller diamonds. Its long and narrow cut creates the illusion that it is huge and it is the best choice for someone who wishes to maximize the size.

These diamonds should always have prongs so that they are protected at two points (which is the location where chipping is most likely to happen). Since the points are usually located near the outer edge of the stone, inclusions may be found here and the prongs are set to make these flaws invisible.

Sample marquise cut diamond as of 2013:

Shape: Marquise Cut

Color F (colorless)

Clarity IF (internally flawless)

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Price: USD $2,803

3. Oval Diamonds

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The symmetrical shape of this cut is perfect for women whose hands are small but have long fingers. It’s a brilliant modified round cut which is similar to round diamonds. Because the shape is elongated, it makes the diamond appear larger than its actual size and can be a perfect fit on some women’s fingers. It is the choice of women who prefer something different from the traditional and more famous round cut.

It is the customer’s preference on how fat or narrow the diamond should be though the ideal cut is 1.35 -1.5 (length-to-width ratio). A thinner cut may look more attractive if the diamond is lined by side stones.

Sample price of oval cut diamond as of 2013:

Shape: Oval Cut

Color F (colorless)

Clarity IF (internally flawless)

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Price: USD $2,803

2. Princess Cut Diamonds

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For people who are looking for a fancy cut, princess cut is their perfect choice. Its shape is either a rectangle or square. It was first produced in 1960 and looks very beautiful on someone with long fingers. It is gaining popularity because of its unique magnificence. To achieve best outcome, the weight of the diamond should be high in order to acquire the right brilliance and depth.

It is priced lower than round diamonds because its four-sided pyramid shape is similar to half of the octahedron rough stone from which the diamond is cut. Due to this similarity, two equally sized princess diamonds are produced from the same stone with only little waste. It is estimated that about 60% of the weight of the rough stone has been retained after the cut. Since the yield is higher, the price becomes lower.

Sample price of princess cut diamond as of 2013:

Shape: Princess Cut

Color F (colorless)

Clarity IF (internally flawless)

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Price: USD $2,803

1. Round Diamonds

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It is the most famous diamond cut and, in tradition, it has been the established setting of a good quality diamond. Its shape is most desired by people because it suits any shapes and sizes of hand.

All round diamonds are brilliant cut which means they have 58 facets. They are pricier than the fancy cuts if based on per carat because of two important reasons. The demand for round diamonds are really high and the yield is relatively very low. Since more of the rough stone is lost when cutting the round diamond, the prices of every carat remained becomes higher. A simple round cut diamond (for instance, a 1.00 carat, F-color, Ex cut, VS2-clarity) may be 25% to 35% more expensive than a similar fancy cut.

Sample price of round cut diamond as of 2013:

Shape: Round Cut

Color F (colorless)

Clarity IF (internally flawless)

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Price: USD $2,950

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