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Diamond Cut

Diamond Cut

The cut gives each diamond its unique sparkle and brilliance by allowing the maximum amount of light to enter and reflect back out of the diamond.

An understanding of diamond cut begins with the shape of a diamond. The standard round brilliant is the shape used in most diamond jewellery. All others are known as fancy shapes. Traditional fancy shapes include the Princess, Marquise, Pear, Oval and Emerald cuts. Hearts, cushions, Asscher and a variety of others are also gaining popularity in diamond jewellery.

Cut is given priority over Clarity, Colour and Carat Weight; however it takes an experienced eye to see the difference between a well proportioned diamond and a poorly cut stone. This why you should choose your retailer before you choose your diamond.

The illustrations below show how this happens and why an Ideal Cut or Fine Cut diamond is brighter and more valuable than a Shallow Cut or Deep Cut stone, but to the casual observer this difference is not always immediately apparent.