Fancy diamond cuts - what to look out for

Diamond shape, or 'cut',  is as important a factor in choosing a diamond engagement ring as 'clarity', 'colour' and 'carat'.  The cut alone can determine the depth of sparkle and brilliance, and highlight a diamond's best features.  When deciding on which shape of diamond to buy, it is important to cater to the recipient's individual preference and choose a shape which interacts most with the light.  The cut can affect the combination of white light reflections, known as 'brilliance', and the flashes of visible colour, known as 'fire'.


Which fancy diamond cut should you go for


For the most part, all diamond cuts are either round or fancy, and today we are going to look at the most popular cuts for fancy diamonds.  If you are planning on buying a diamond ring, it is definitely worth becoming familiar with the variety of shapes available.


The most popular cut is the round cut, or Brilliant cut, and accounts for more than half of all diamonds sold today.  It's clean and classic form usually consists of 58 facets which are designed to give maximum brilliance or sparkle.  Modifications to the brilliant cut include fancy cuts such as oval, princess, radiant, marquise, pear and heart.

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Popular fancy diamond cuts


The Marquise cut is a fancy cut which is long and narrow and can elongate the finger.  It has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape so it's a good choice when trying to create the illusion of a greater size.  The shape dates back to 18th Century Paris and is a real talking point.  Perfect if you are looking for something a little unique.


fancy diamond - marquise cut

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The Pear shape diamond, or 'tear-drop' as it is sometimes known, combines the best of the brilliant and marquise cuts, with a tapered point to one end only.  The unique and feminine shape makes for a stunning choice and has the added benefit of making the wearer's finger appear longer and slimmer.  This diamond should always be worn with the narrow end pointing towards the hand of the wearer.

fancy diamond - pear cut

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First created in the 1960s, the Oval cut is the perfect choice for someone who wants the brilliant sparkle of the round cut but in a slightly rarer and more elongated form.  Like the marquise diamond, the oval has the added advantage of creating the illusion of greater size.  This shape can also make the finger of the wearer seem longer and slimmer.  It is a very popular choice for engagement and anniversary rings.

fancy diamond - oval cut

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Much like the round brilliant cut, the square Princess cut is a classic and elegant shape with a contemporary feel.  First created in 1980, the princess cut is the second most popular cut and is a good choice, especially for engagement rings, due to its numerous sparkling facets. 

fancy diamond - square princess

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The Emerald cut, originally designed for the use of emeralds, speaks volumes of vintage glamour and was a favourite style of Princess Grace of Monaco.  The flat shape with parallel facets highlights the clarity of the diamond and produces a hall-of-mirrors effect.

fancy diamond - emerald cut

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If art-deco style is your thing, then the Asscher cut is for you.  The Asscher cut is similar to the emerald cut, but in a square shape and with larger step facets, producing more brilliance than the emerald cut.

fancy diamond - Asscher cut

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The Radiant cut is a square or oblong hybrid which combines the best qualities of the brilliant, emerald and princess cuts.  The square shape with cropped corners and multi-facet pattern make the radiant the most brilliant of all the squared shapes, and a, well, radiant choice.

fancy diamond - radiant cut

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If you are having a hard time deciding between the ever-popular brilliant cut and the princess cut, then the Cushion cut might be for you.  The square or rectangular shaped diamond with rounded corners has large facets which create an impressive spectrum of visible colours and sparkle.  Originating almost 200 years ago, the cushion cut diamond was the most popular shape until the 20th century and has seen a recent resurgence in popularity.  It's unique shape certainly delivers on sparkle and wow appeal.

fancy diamond - cushion cut

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The Heart cut is the ever romantic choice.  It is the unmistakeable symbol of love and the perfect way to wear your heart on your finger.  The symmetrical curves and the brilliant result in an ever so sparkly diamond.  It really is a statement cut.

fancy diamond - heart cut

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With so many fancy diamond cuts available, be sure to pick one that suits your style and personality.  It is also important that your choice of diamond cut flatters your hand.  You want something to proudly show off to your friends.  If you would like to find out more about finding the perfect diamond ring and the right cut for your fingers, get in touch with our team of diamond experts today.

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