Diamond Weight (Carat)

The carat is a unit of measurement used to weigh diamonds. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams. The origin of the word “carat” is from the carob seeds that people used in ancient times to balance scales. In fact carob seeds are so uniform in shape and weight that even today’s…

Diamond Color

When we talk about a diamond’s color, we’re referring to either the presence or absence of color in white diamonds. The color of a diamond is a result of it’s chemical makeup and therefore never changes. Since a colorless diamond lets more light pass through it than a colored diamond, colorless diamonds emit a greater…

Diamond Clarity

A diamond’s clarity refers to the presence of identifying characteristics on or within the stone. Diamonds take an incredible amount of pressure to form, so it’s no surprise that a lot of diamonds have imperfections. Simply put there are two difference types of flaws: inclusions and blemishes. Inclusions are internal flaws whilst blemishes are surface…

Diamond Cut

Many people confuse diamond cut with diamond shape, however they are completely different things. Diamond shape is a term which refers to the outward appearance of a diamond stone. Examples of diamond shapes are: asscher, round, emerald, and heart. By comparison the term diamond cut refers to diamond’s reflective qualities, not the shape. A diamond’s…

Asscher Cut Diamonds

asscher cut diamond

The Asscher cut diamond is a unique shape with a prismatic brilliance and a rectangular-faceted pavilion in the same style as the emerald cut diamond. Normally the Asscher cut has 58 main facets and the typical ratio for the more popular square-shaped Asscher cuts is between 1.00 and 1.05. There can be a variation in…

Cushion Cut Diamonds

cushion cut diamond

A cushion cut diamond is a square or rectangular shape with rounded corners that resemble a pillow (hence its name). The cushion cut is normally comprised of 58 facets with a typical ratio of 1.00 to 1.05 for square shapes through to 1.10 or greater for more rectangular shapes. Although it’s not as brilliant as…

Emerald Cut Diamonds

emerald cut diamond

The emerald cut is one of the first cuts to be used in jewellery, and is a rectangular shape with truncated corners and a broad and flat plane that can resemble stair steps when viewed from above. The emerald cut can also be referred to as a ‘step cut’. The emerald cut is normally comprised…

Heart Shape Diamonds

heart cut diamond

The heart shape cut is normally comprised of between 56 and 58 facets, however the number of main pavilion facets may vary between 6 and 8. In addition heart shapes are sometimes cut with so called “French tips,” which replace the large bezel facet at the point with star and upper girdle facets. French tips…

Marquise Cut Diamonds

marquise cut diamond

The Marquise cut, or Marquise Brilliant cut, is also sometimes referred to as the “Navette” shape, which means “little boat,” since the shape of the diamond is thought to mirror the hull of a small boat. The Marquise cut is normally comprised of 58 facets, consisting of 33 facets on the crown and 25 facets…

Oval Cut Diamonds

oval cut diamond

The oval cut diamond is a rounded shape which typically comprised of 58 facets with a ratio between 1.33 and 1.66. The oval cut optimizes carat weight, which means that this drawn out and symmetrical shape can make it appear larger than round cut stones of a similar carat weight. The oval cut is also…

Pear Cut Diamonds

pear cut diamond

The pear shape cut is a hybrid diamond cut combining the brilliance and design style of both the Round Brilliant and the Marquise, which results in a shape with both a single point and rounded end. It has a typical ratio of between 1.50 and 1.70 and the stone normally consists of 58 facets, although…

Princess Cut Diamonds

princess cut diamond

The Princess cut is the square equivalent of the brilliant round cut, which normally comprises either 57 or 76 facets and a typical ratio of between 1.0 and 1.05. It has a pyramidal shape with four beveled sides which creates more light dispersion than any other square shaped diamond. This makes it very popular for…

Radiant Cut Diamonds

radiant cut diamond

The Radiant cut diamond is a unique, hybrid cut which comprises of 70 facets and has distinctive trimmed edges. Square-shaped Radiant cuts typically have ratios between 1.00 and 1.05 whilst rectangular cut Radiants can have ratios from anywhere between 1.05 and 1.50. The Radiant cut’s versatile design combines the brilliance and depth of the round,…

Round Brilliant Diamonds

round cut diamond

The round brilliant diamond cut is the most popular diamond shape today. It accounts for more than 50% of all diamonds sold today. It was initially developed in Europe, however the round brilliant is sometimes referred to as the American Ideal Cut. It has 58 facets dividedĀ amongĀ its crown, girdle and pavilion and exhibits a typical…

Trillion Cut Diamonds

trillion cut diamond

The Trillion cut is a triangular shaped cut which comprises of three equal sides and between 31 and 50 facets depending on whether the diamonds are to be used as solitaires or accent stones. In the case of solitaires, a curved or convex cut is employed, whereas in the case of accent stones they are…