How To Choose A Cut For Your Diamond

By Subodh / March 25, 2013

If you’ve recently bought some diamonds, maybe from an auction or from diamond wholesale merchants, then you’re going to need to decide what to do with them. You could resell them at a profit, or you could use them to create jewellery. If you choose the latter then there’s a number of things that you need to think about, one of the most important ones being the cut of diamond that you choose to incorporate into your design. There are a number of different cuts available which can be used to create a range of styles and designs of diamond jewellery. Here, I will explain the most popular cuts, which will hopefully help you on your way to deciding which cut to choose for your own diamond.

Factors to Consider

There are many things that need to be considered when it comes to choosing the cut for your diamond(s). One of the most important factors is whether the jewellery will be resold or whether it’s for your own personal use. In the case of it being resold you will need to do research on current fashions and trends, and what cuts are popular in what forms of jewellery. For example, princess cuts might be in fashion for earrings, whereas square cuts may be more popular for diamonds in bracelets. However, if the bracelet is for your own use then obviously personal preference is the key decider for which cut you choose.Diamond

Other factors you might like to consider include:

  • The price of cutting
  • The size of your diamond
  • The different settings available
  • Princess Cut

Princess cut diamonds are extremely popular and fashionable, particularly when designing engagement rings. They are actually only second in popularity to round brilliant diamonds, therefore making them a great choice if you’re designing jewellery to be sold. They are also extremely flexible when it comes to design as they can be fitted into a number of styles. They are always set in prongs on each corner, which help to hide any flaws or colour visibility from a lower-grade diamond. If you’re looking for a more modern cut diamond but still want the dazzling appearance of a round brilliant then princess cut is the option you’re looking for!

Emerald Cut

An Emerald cut diamond has gained popularity over recent years, especially in designs for necklaces as they allow the stone to be shown off! For larger diamonds, this is a perfect choice of cut as it allows light to reflect and bounce off of the diamond from various angles. This makes them often more stunning than a round or princess cut due to the long lines. Although they aren’t particularly traditional when set as engagement rings if you have a customer who wants one made then they can create some extremely dazzling styles!

Round Brilliant Cut

Arguably the most popular cut for any diamond, the round brilliant is also one of the most well-known cuts. Optimization of the ‘fire’ of the diamond is extremely important to cutters and jewellers alike, and so much work has gone into perfecting the technique used to cut these diamonds. That means that these can also be the most dazzling diamonds available, making them an easy seller should you put it on the market. There are also a number of variations of the cut available such as a ‘lowboy’ or ‘zircon’ cut. These can be incorporated into designs alongside round brilliant diamonds to create a range of textures and enhance the way light is reflected.

Oval Cut

Last but not least is the oval cut diamond. It is extremely popular in small diamond rings when paired with other precious stones such as sapphires or diamonds. The oval shape is great when trying to make diamonds appear larger than they actually are as the elongated shape can exaggerate the size of the diamond. This effect also occurs with pear or marquise cut diamonds. It’s another variation upon the round brilliant cut and has grown in popularity due to its unique look, and is often applied in engagement rings.

Remember when getting your diamonds cut into shape, always use a recommended cutter. Local jewellers will either be able to cut them for you, or point you in the direction of someone that can. This is normally a safe way of ensuring you use a legitimate cutter who has a good reputation, rather than looking online and getting a poor service.

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