A Diamond Cut can be crafted in many dramatic ways in order to provide a different type of brilliance, shine, or overall aesthetic appeal.
Understanding The Facets Of A Diamond Cut
There are step cuts, rose cuts, princess cuts, mixed cuts, etc. The best type of cuts are the most intricate and unique. Step cuts are stones that are outlined by a square or rectangular; the facets are rectilinear with arranged parallels to the girdle defined as step or trap-cut stones.
An emerald cut is when the corners are truncated, most common to emerald stones with an octagonal outline.
The sharp corners are points of weakness, prone to fractures, and in order to protect against that step-cut stones have a keel running through the pavilion terminus. The crown and pavilion are both shallow cuts, cut stones are less bright and less fiery than brilliant cut stones; it does not accentuate the diamond clarity, whiteness, or luster.
A Good Diamond Cut Can Disguise Flaws
Any type of flaw would be easily visible therefore a good polish is important to the cut. Step cut diamonds are known as a less brilliant type of diamond cut, and they tend to suffer in value due to this fact. The step cut’s form was very popular during the Art Deco period, antique jewelry of the Art Deco period features step-cut stones primarily over all the diamond cuts.
The market is reproducing the cut to repair the jewelry; the stone is cut rectangular like a French baguette and most common of that time period.
Today it is used as a type of accent stone centralized around a bigger gem as a way to accent the beauty.
When corners are not truncated in step cuts it is known as Carré, characteristic of antique jewelry. A Carré diamond cut can resemble a square shaped princess cut at first glance but the Carré’s cut lacks the passion of the fire in the diamond. Western jewelry before the advent of more sophisticated diamond cuts were shallow step-cut stones used as covers for tiny paintings known as portrait stones.
The Earliest Form Of The Step Diamond Cut
Indian jewelry was worn with Lasque diamonds, most noted as the earliest form of step cut. Lasque cuts are well known for their large tables and asymmetrical outlines. Other forms include the triangle/Trilliant cut, Lorenge, Trapeze, Obus, and Kite.
Mixed diamond cuts, depending on which type of diamond cut, work off of brilliance and the actual diamond shape; meant to preserve dimensions but cut with step cuts which gave better optical effects of brilliance.
The crown is typically a brilliant cut and pavilion step-cut. These cuts are relatively new, the oldest of these diamond cuts is from the 1960s and they are slowly growing in popularity.
The Barion diamond cut was invented in the 1970s by Basil Watermeyer and his wife Marion; it consists of a octagonal square/rectangle with a polished and faceted girdle. 62, excluding the cutlet, is the total facet count: 29 on the pavilion, 8 on the girdle, and 25 on the crown.
It is identified by the central characteristics and cross patterns. The cut is very similar but not exact to a Radiant diamond cut, only differing in the facet combinations.
The princess cut is the most popular diamond shape when it comes to mixed cut.
The rose cut has been used since the mid 16th century and derived from older diamond cuts, a basic rose cut with a flat base and triangular faceted crown.
Having the right diamond cut allows you to exploit the beauty of the diamond so make sure your diamond cut is not to shallow or to deep or you will diminish the light effects (brilliance) of the diamond and that’s not something you want to happen especially with your diamond engagement ring.