A Beginner's Guide to the Types of Diamond Cuts

If you're new to the world of diamonds, you might find yourself lost in the maze of different jewelry terminology. You can undoubtedly appreciate gorgeous diamond jewelry without knowing every diamond cut in the book, but you may want to gain a better understanding of your favorite diamond cuts. Let's look at the diamond cuts throughout the history of jewelry that have endured into modernity. 

What Were the Earliest Popular Cuts?

In the mid-fourteenth century, the point-cut diamond emerged. If you don’t know much about this kind of diamond cut, don't worry. It's one of the most straightforward diamond cuts, appearing like two pyramids stacked bottom-to-bottom. Next, in the 15th century, the table-cut ring started to gain popularity. In fact, it was the first widely recognized diamond cut. 

Soon after the rise of the table-cut diamond, the heart-cut diamond began to circulate. The romantic shape was especially attractive to the wealthy and royals in the seventeenth century. Another historical diamond cut is the pear-cut diamond which emerged in the fifteenth century. This cut was made possible through the polishing wheel that allowed the diamond cutters to cut facets into diamonds precisely. 

In the sixteenth century, the rose-cut diamond emerged on the scene. Its cut was intentionally designed to match the appearance of a closed rosebud. After the sixteenth century, it became a favorite diamond cut up until the 1800s. A rose cut's main distinguishing feature is that it is flat at the bottom and dome-shaped at the top. The subtle beauty of this cut is that the 24 facets provide a gentle illumination rather than the intense light of a current brilliant cut.

More Popular Diamond Cuts​ 

In the Victorian Era, diamond cutting made incredible progress through the invention of the bruting machine. This machine made more precise and beautiful cuts possible. After this invention, the cushion cut diamond started to make waves. This diamond cut featured a gently curved border that produced a soft square with a shallow table, a high crown, and a bigger culet.

Another famous cut that has withstood the test of time is the Asscher-cut diamond. This style was one of the first patented cuts of diamond in the world. Classic Asscher cut diamonds are square in shape and resemble rectangular emerald cuts. 

Next, we'll look at the baguette-cut diamond. This diamond did not become fashionable until 1912, when Cartier reintroduced it to the modern world. Its extended, table-cut, rectangular design was popular during the geometric frenzy of the Art Deco period.

What Are Some More Modern Cuts?

While history inspired several gorgeous diamond cuts, the more recent history of diamond cuts has produced some incredible shapes. Let's look at some of the best diamond cuts of recent times.

While point-cut and table-cut diamonds were first to display faceted diamond cuts, the emerald-cut diamond was not far behind. This cut, which provides a stunning hall of mirrors appearance, became popular in the 1940s. The oval-cut diamond is a modern fancy cut that features 58 facets. This ring emerged in the 1960s and is still loved today.

In today's market, the contemporary princess cut diamond competes with the round brilliant diamond. Its shape is square, and it has an entirely distinct facet pattern, though some believe it to be a variation of a radiant-cut diamond.

Our 6 Favorite Diamond Cuts 

Dozens of diamond cuts have emerged throughout the history of jewelry. So far, we've listed some of the most prominent cuts that have endured the test of time. Do you want to know how you can try out some of the most distinguished, elegant diamond cuts? Let's go through our top six favorite diamond shapes and the jewelry you can wear to show them off.

6. Pear Cut 

A pear-cut diamond is a hybrid between a round brilliant diamond and a marquise-cut diamond with a curved and pointed end on either side. This cut displays a glimmering 58 facets, making it a cut that displays luxury like almost no other. It's the most brilliant of all the fancy diamond cuts, meaning it's a terrific choice for a center stone.  

Pear-Cut Jewelry: Our Custom Ring Builder gives you the option to select stunning pear-cut diamonds lining an 18-karat eternity band. Customize the carat weight you desire for a beautiful pear-cut diamond ring that's all yours. 

5. Round Cut 

Round cut diamonds are unique in maximizing the proper light reflection. Brides often choose this diamond cut for solitaire engagement rings because of their minimalist charm.

Round-Cut Jewelry: Are you a lover of timeless styles? You can't go wrong with a sleek, luxurious tennis bracelet. Noémie’s Diamond Tennis Bracelet features gorgeous round-cut diamonds lining the entire bracelet for maximum everyday beauty.

4. Oval Cut 

Simply put, an oval-cut diamond is a stretched variation of a round-cut diamond. This cut can display the same number of facets, meaning it can reflect light just as brightly as a round-cut diamond. This sophisticated shape flatters many brides' hands as it elongates the fingers.

Oval-Cut Jewelry: An eternity ring means eternal love. Whether you want to symbolize love for yourself or another person, our Oval-Cut Diamond Eternity Band is a unique way to say, "I love you." Every sparkling diamond is F/G color-grade and VS clarity, so you can be sure your ring is high-quality. 

3. Princess Cut 

Princess-cut diamonds not only boast a beautiful name but a gorgeous shape as well. It's no wonder that brides have enjoyed choosing this style for decades. This cut features a face-up shape, and it combines geometric style with modern elegance. 

Princess-Cut Jewelry: Looking for a classic piece of jewelry to add to your collection? Our Princess-Cut Eternity Band is exquisite on its own or paired with a princess-cut engagement ring. 

2. Marquise Cut 

The marquise-cut diamond holds a rich history in its shape. Its curvature is similar to a boat, which is why it's also called a "navette cut." King Louis XV had this cut fashioned after his mistress's lips because he thought they were the most perfect lips he'd ever seen.

Marquise-Cut Jewelry: This beautiful diamond style is available in our eclectic Multi-Shape Diamond Ring, which features five kinds of diamond cuts in one ring. Try it out in your preferred metal for a piece you can wear to add uniqueness to your look.

1. Baguette Cut 

Baguette-cut diamonds are exceptional in their geometric excellence. This cut boasts a "hall of mirror" effect that makes this diamond shape all the more enchanting. It's a style that's well-loved for its remarkable clarity and sophistication.

Baguette-Cut Jewelry: Lab-grown diamonds are the always-ethical alternative to earth-mined diamonds. Our Lab-Grown Baguette-Cut Eternity Band is a perfect piece of jewelry that displays high-quality lab-grown diamonds in a stunning baguette cut. 

In Conclusion 

Now you know there are many different diamond cuts, all of which are unique and beautiful. You can try out any shape that sticks out to you. Perhaps you'll recall that you'd like to try out a pair of baguette-cut earrings that add a geometric flair to your appearance. When you do, remember that Noémie is happy to offer you stunning fine jewelry at the most affordable prices. 

Sources:

Different Diamond Shapes: Ultimate Guide with Size & Price Chart | IGS

The 12 Most Popular Diamond Shapes for Engagement Rings Set your stone apart. | Brides

9 Tips to Choose the Perfect Pear Cut Diamond | Jewelry Shopping Guide