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BRILLIANT CUT

BRILLIANT CUT

Brilliant Cuts have many more facets than rose cuts which is what gives them their exceptional brilliance. The shape resembles that of a cone - as opposed to the flat bottom of the rose cut - which provides maximized light return through the top of the diamond.

ROSECUT

ROSECUT

Rose cuts have a flat bottom with a dome-shaped crown usually featuring 24 facets. Rose cuts have a more diffused and subtle light than the modern brilliant cut diamond with its many facets. Their flat bottom adds to their soft luster. The first rose cuts were made in the 1500s and we love them for their soft, vintage feel.

EMERALD CUT

EMERALD CUT

The step cut of this style gives the stone an architectural strength and sleek look as the parallel lines within the stone look similar to steps.  Due to the cut of the facets, it’s recommended to seek higher clarity as the mirrored effect can create illusions of more inclusions in the diamond.

ASSCHER CUT

ASSCHER CUT

Although it was first introduced in 1902, the Asscher cut did not become popular until the 1920s. Asscher cuts look similar to emerald cuts due to the step cut facets, however they differ with the most obvious difference being that they are square, as opposed to rectangular. This cut features large step facets and a high crown that produces a brilliance unlike any other diamond shape.

OLD MINE CUT

OLD MINE CUT

The old mine cut diamond is the antique diamond cut that was prevalent from the mid-1800s until the early-1900s. It is the predecessor to the modern diamond but has many elements that remain very unique and different.  Its most notable features are the bulky uneven shape, the eye-visible culet, and the tiny table. All diamonds which have come to market for the first time in the past 20 years are likely to have been laser cut. At the very least they will have been precision-machine cut. The beauty of old mine cut diamonds is that they were all hand cut.

OLD EUROPEAN CUT

OLD EUROPEAN CUT

The old European cut diamond is the standard round diamond that was made between 1890 – 1930. Until the mid-1900s, if someone needed a diamond, it had to be cut and measured by hand. They cut and polished their diamonds to maximize sparkle against candlelight. 

PEAR CUT

PEAR CUT

Created in the 1400s, the pear cut diamond still retains its popularity today. The pear diamond—also known as the teardrop or pendeloque cut—is unlike any other diamond cut. It’s a modified brilliant cut, one that blends the Marquise and oval cuts with one rounded end and a point on the other. Its signature silhouette is instantly recognised and much beloved. The pear has a similar faceting structure to the round brilliant cuts; because of this, it retains that coveted fire and brilliance that makes a diamond sparkle.

OVAL CUT

OVAL CUT

Bursting with brilliance and fire, an Oval Cut Diamond is exquisite and unique. The Oval is considered a “fancy” shape due to the elongated design which makes it appear larger than other shapes of the same carat weight.  Oval shaped diamonds have been popular for centuries with the earliest dating back to the 1300s, though they aren’t described by name in literature until the 1800s. Due to their fancy, elongated shape, almost all Oval Cut Diamonds have a bowtie effect. (The dark space stretching across a diamond’s center is considered the bowtie.) The severity of a bowtie differs among diamonds: sometimes it’s easily noticeable, and other times it’s hardly visible. If you enjoy a rounded design, but want a stone with more character, an oval diamond makes a stunning choice.

HEXAGON CUT

HEXAGON CUT

A Hexagon diamond is a 6-sided geometric cut. The cut comes in several variations, and can be fashioned into brilliant, step, or rose cuts.

Brilliant Hexagon – This hexagon cut has many facets, structured in a similar way to brilliant cut diamonds. This type of hexagon diamond is highly brilliant with exceptional light performance. Hexagon diamonds with brilliant cuts are much more rare.

Step Cut Hexagon – This is probably the most common cut for hexagon diamonds. It looks similar to the Asscher cut, and is characterized by longer, wider, and open facets arranged in a parallel design. Step cut diamonds have less sparkle than ‘brilliant’ cut diamonds, but their beauty lies in the contrast of light and dark patches and they resemble a mirror effect.  The step cut facets of this diamond resembles a more Art Deco design.

Rose Cut Hexagon – Rose cut hexagons are popular, especially for vintage designs. The rose cut is an antique type of cut which has a flat base and a domed top, with varying numbers of facets. It generally makes the diamond look larger than it is. However, it is less brilliant and its beauty lies in its unique look.

CUSHION CUT

CUSHION CUT

The cushion diamond is rectangular or square with rounded edges, creating a softer, pillowy aesthetic (hence the name). The cushion cut is one of the most varied styles available, with a range of facet structures using between 58 and 64 facets.  Popular between 1830-1900s, antique cushions were an evolution of the old miner with an open culet, small table, and high crown as well. They have a squarish or rectangular shape, almost like an oval, but with more obvious soft corners. The large open facets show color quite nicely, and the shapes are sophisticated and elegant.  There are also a number of “modified” cushion cuts, normally with more specific names such as, chunky cushions, broken glass, crushed ice, pillow cut, square cushions, and rectangular cushions  The cushion cut’s versatility and variety offer the chance to get creative, so explore your options and consider your personal style. 

MARQUIS CUT

MARQUIS CUT

The football-shaped marquise gems are cut in a refined brilliant-cut style. A marquise diamond has 56 facets in an extended elliptical form with a point on either end.The marquise cut originates from the 18th century when King Louis XV of France ordered a jeweler to create a cut that would represent the lips of his lover, Jean Antoinette Poisson Marchioness Madame de Pompadour.  Being a “fancy shape” similar to an Oval diamond, the elongated shape will have the same demand for a very good or higher cut standard to avoid the “bowtie effect”.  Whether the diamond is set in the more traditional fashion (north-south), or in a more edgy way (facing east-west) the marquise diamond is a remarkable choice for people looking for something distinctive because of its magnificent and unique appearance.