Raw (rough) diamonds are cut to different shapes. The shape refers to the pattern when viewed from the top. Choosing the shape is a matter of taste; there’s no wrong or right. Just as expressing your love is very individual, selecting your diamond’s shape is a way to reflect your unique relationship.
Remember, that “shape” and “cut” are describing completely different characteristics of a diamond. Think of shape as the view from the top while cut is the view from the side. Shapes other than round are called fancy shaped. The round shape, or sometimes called round-brilliant, is the most popular, followed by the square and rectangular shapes. The latest in jewelry designs influence popularity; in diamond shape, however, the round-brilliant and square are the most classic and will stand the test of time. If you prefer a fancy shape, it is best to view settings and designs at the same time you view loose (unset) diamonds since fancy shapes will only look proper in certain designs.
Rounds are the most popular shape that diamonds are cut into. It is also the most brilliant of all the cuts There are 58 facets in a Round Brilliant Cut including the culet. On the Crown or upper part of the Diamond, these consist of 1 table facet, 8 bezel facets, 8 star facets, and 16 upper girdle facets for a total of 33. On the pavilion, or bottom part of the diamond, there are 16 lower girdle facets, 8 pavilion main facets and 1 culet.
Verrywinkle Round is a variation of the standard 58 facets with a different quantity (70) and arrangement of the facets. The diamond was designed by Moses Hodara, a close and trusted friend to Perrywinkle’s. Moses cuts the diamond in Netanya, Israel exclusively for Perrywinkle’s. Most people prefer the sparkle, brilliance, and fire in a Verrywinkle round over the traditional round brilliant when compared side-by-side.
Princess cuts can be square or rectangle although squares command a premium. How did a diamond become a Princess? Its lineage goes back to an antique cut developed in Johannesburg called the Barion cut. It is the most popular fancy-shaped diamond. When expertly cut it is similar in brightness, sparkle, and fire to a round brilliant cut diamond.
Verrywinkle Princess is a variation of a standard princess with a different quantity and arrangement of facets. The corners do not come to a point but instead resemble the corners of a radiant cut. The diamond was designed by Moses Hodara, a close and trusted friend to Perrywinkle’s. Moses cuts the diamond in Netanya, Israel exclusively for Perrywinkle’s. Most people prefer the sparkle, brilliance, and fire in a Verrywinkle princess over the traditional princess cut
The Radiant Cut was first cut in 1977. It combines the traditional looking “steps” of the emerald cut with the brilliance of the round. It typically has 70 facets and can be either square or rectangle with cut corners.
Emerald cuts get their name because the method of cutting with 25 facets was originally used for May’s birthstone. Emerald Cuts have a more traditional look due the “steps” along the perimeter resembling the entry to grand pavilion. They are usually rectangular but sometimes are square in shape. Inclusions are easier to see due to their large “window” into the stone so higher clarity grades are necessary. Their appearance has more “shimmer” but less brilliant than other square or rectangle shapes. Fine polishing is critical due to the easy-to-see-through large top surface.
Asscher cut is similar to Emerald cut except their shape is like a modified stop sign. This cut was designed by Joseph Asscher in 1902. Original vintage Asscher cuts are rare and sought after. The modern Asscher cuts have more facets, a larger table, and smaller cut corners than their vintage counterparts. The resurgence of the art deco style with hand engraving has recently made them more popular.
Cushion is a cross between a rectangle and a round with a vintage lineage. From the1830’s to the turn of the last century this was the style that most diamonds were cut to. It has been referred to as the “candlelight diamond” cut because it was originally cut before electricity. Today’s cushion cuts are cut the same as vintage ones, albeit with better polish, symmetry and silhouettes.
Oval cuts are elongated round brilliant cuts. With the proper length to width ratio, of about 1.5 to 1, it has a graceful look however since it contains a bowtie It is important that the dimension is proper so that the bowtie does not over-power and dominate the surface of the diamond.
The marquise shape is named after Louis XIV’s mistress, the Marquise de Montespan. Length to width ratio should be in the range of 2 to 1 for maximum brilliance and gracefulness. The “bowtie” should not over-power the surface of the diamond.
The pear shape is a combination of an oval cut and a marquise cut. It looks like an upside-down teardrop. Excellent symmetry will ensure even sparkle, especially in the point. Length to width ratio should be in the range of 1.65 to 1.
The Heart shape personifies romance. After all, what could be more romantic than a diamond heart? Contrary to most online information, the heart shape should not look like a pear shaped diamond with the top notched out. Its shape and design is different and more challenging than a pear shape. When looking for a great heart shaped stone, symmetry is very important, as is the proper shape of the “lobes”.