Diamonds come in many different shapes, and Tommy Parker Diamonds offers the highest quality certified diamonds to satisfy all tastes. Each diamond shape possesses its own unique quality, so exploring and learning about the various shapes is worth your while.
The Round Brilliant (aka brilliant cut) shape diamond is the most popular of diamonds shapes. It consists of 58 facets and displays the most brilliance, fire, and scintillation of all diamond cuts on the market today. For almost 100 years, diamond cutters have been using advanced theories of light behavior and precise mathematical calculations to optimize the fire and brilliance in a round diamond. In addition to being the most popular and researched shape, a round diamond will typically give you more flexibility in terms of balancing cut, color, and clarity grades while still getting the fire and brilliance you want.
Princess shaped diamonds have sharp uncut pointed corners and with 58 facets are known for their brilliance and fire. There is no other rectangular or square shaped stone that comes close to the Princess in terms of brilliance. This is by far the most popular non-round diamond. The beautiful brilliance and unique cut are the main factors in making this shape as a popular engagement ring. A princess cut will look slightly smaller than a round diamond of the same carat weight because princess cuts are cut deeper in order to form the shape. Princess cuts are available in square or rectangular shapes although the square shape is most notable when considering a princess cut diamond.
The emerald cut diamond has been around for many years and once was a popular choice for royalty and affluent people. Some of the most famous and valuable diamonds have been cut in the emerald shape. An emerald diamond is a member of the step cut family of diamond shapes, which include baguettes, Asscher, trapezoid, and bullet cut diamonds.The step cut diamond gets it's name because the pavilion has a series of facets that run parallel to one another to form steps. Emerald diamonds have fewer yet larger flashes of light while round and princess diamonds have more yet smaller flashes of light. Emerald cuts should typically look rectangular in shape however can vary from thick squatty shapes to long slender shapes. It is purely up to the wearer of the diamond to determine what is best for them.
The Asscher brothers of Holland created the Asscher cut diamond over 50 years ago. In the beginning only the world's most affluent and powerful people could own an Asscher diamond. Now this beautifully designed diamond is available to anyone who appreciates its beauty. The Asscher cut is considered a member of the step cut family because the pavilion facets run parallel to one another in a series of steps. With its 72 wide step facets it resembles that of an octagon and sparkles like the Round Brilliant. It is cut very much like the emerald cut except that the Asscher cut is square while the emerald is rectangular. When looking at an Asscher cut you'll notice that the diamond's cut seems to go on forever, this effect draws the eye into the center of the diamond. Because the viewer focuses intently on the diamond it is very important to select a diamond of at least an SI2 quality or higher when designing your diamond engagement ring. Inclusions in an Asscher cut diamond that is graded less than an SI2 will be easily seen to the naked eye.
The Radiant has the brilliance and fire of the traditional Round Brilliant but the shape of the Emerald and Asscher cuts. The Radiant was designed with 70 facets for the maximum amount of brilliance. It has cropped corners and is often slightly more rectangular over square shaped. A radiant cut diamond is very much like a princess cut and most people find both equally attractive. A Radiant cut pavilion is similar to a Round diamond which allows more light in and out of the diamond.
The oval diamond has always been a favorite for people who have longer and more slender fingers. The longer length of an oval diamond will compliment a long and slender finger. The oval is considered to be a brilliant cut stone because it is cut very much like a round brilliant cut, this adds to the diamond's brilliance. Oval diamonds look great in a variety of length to width ratios and what you decide on is truly a personal preference.
The background of the Marquise cut diamond (aka Navette Cut diamond) is very interesting. It is believed that the Sun King, Louis the XIV wanted a diamond to be cut like the smile of his mistress, Marquise de Pompadour. The marquise diamond can be one of the largest looking diamonds when compared to other shapes of the same carat weight. There are many engagement settings that look good with a marquise, particularly ones set with Trillian’s or pear shapes on the side. The style of setting that you choose can sometimes determine the length to width ratio for a marquise.
The Pear shape diamond (aka Teardrop) was highly popular during the Renaissance period. A Pear cut diamond is a half Oval and half Marquise. The stone is pointed at one end and rounded on the other. An ideal Pear cut has 58 facets offering an enormous display of brilliance and fire. The diamond tends to look bigger than other shapes of the same carat weight and it also looks great with Trillian’s or additional pears on the side of an engagement ring.
The cushion cut diamond is a very unique diamond shape and looks great in today’s vintage style engagement ring settings. The corners of the diamond have a gentle curve or rounded look and the diamond is cut with large facets that add big flashes of light. Cushions cuts are sought in square and rectangular shapes.
The Heart is the ultimate symbol of love and is known as the most romantic of all shaped diamonds. The Heart cut diamond is essentially a Pear shaped diamond with a cleft at the top. It consists of 59 facets and is full of brilliance and fire. The heart shape diamond looks great in engagement rings and also looks great as a solitaire necklace. A good length to width ratio is critical when choosing a great looking heart diamond.