What Are Diamond Cuts?

As the popular song goes, diamonds are forever, which is why it’s important to be comfortable and confident in your decision. It doesn’t matter the reason for the purchase, the diamond you choose holds meaning and there are a lot of factors that go into diamond value. One area where people commonly fall short is mistaking a high price tag as proof that the diamond is better.

Fear not, however, with a little bit of research all will become clear. One of the most important factors to understand and consider is the diamond’s cut. But, what are diamond cuts?

Diamond cuts are defined as the design, style and shape of the stone. As you may already be aware, diamonds come in a multitude of shapes and whilst some cuts can be full of sparkles, others may not. There are even cuts that work best when paired with other stones. The way diamonds are cut has continuously evolved over the years, as has the popular preference amongst them.

Before we go into the different types of diamond cuts, let us explain the anatomy of a diamond. Primarily consisting of the ‘crown’ and ‘pavilion’, there are many other sections of a diamond. These consist of facets (polishable surfaces), the table (largest facet) and the culet (bottom facet not always visible). Whilst others to take note of include depth ratio (height), girdle (narrow band at the widest point of the diameter) and diameter (width of the stone). Different cuts are known to have different facets and ratio numbers.

So, now you know that, are you ready to find out what the different types of diamond cuts are?

What different types of cuts can you get? 

As previously mentioned, diamond cutting has changed dramatically over the years and is in a constant state of evolution. As cutting evolved, it became apparent that it was possible to increase the brilliance of diamonds and make them sparklier based on the method of cutting. That being said, there are only two categories of cutting; brilliant (a rough diamond that’s been cut and polished for high brilliance) and step-cut (a diamond with a rectangular or square shape where facets are parallel to one another). Following that, the range of diamond cuts is quite expansive, from princess, cushion and radiant, all the way to emerald, triangle and marquis. There are many to choose from, so be sure to check them all out beforehand so you can confirm the cut that’s right for you. 

So, which cut is best?

With so much choice, it’s understandably hard to know which one is best for you. But likewise, with so much choice, you can be sure that you’ll be able to find the perfect stone. It’s important to note that all diamonds come with their pros and cons, so it’s not going to be an easy, straightforward decision. So, before you start, make a list of your likes and dislikes and have that as a reference throughout your shopping experience. Be sure to shop around extensively and not jump to a decision too soon, diamonds come with a hefty price tag, so likewise a hefty amount of thought should go into the decision.