Diamond Shape

Diamond Shape

A Diamond’s Shape refers to the outline of a Diamond and the general shape it appears like. This is not to be confused with a Diamond’s Cut which pertains to the make or manufacturing fineness of a Diamond and the proportions and Dimensions to which a Diamond is cut.

Each Diamond Shape has its own Diamond Cut grade e.g. Ideal or Excellent and Very Good. The most recognisable shape of a Diamond and representing the vast majority of Diamonds sold is the Round Brilliant Diamond as shown here

However, other shapes belonging to two family of cuts exists and those are Step Cuts
referring to your Emerald Cuts, Baguettes, among others and the others refers to Brilliant cuts such as Pears, Ovals, Marquises, etc.

Brilliant Cuts tend to have more facets and as a result are said to exhibit more fire and sparkle. While Step Cuts although may appear to have less fire, tend to look whiter and cost less.

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Round Brilliant Diamond

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Emerald Cut Diamond

However, other shapes belonging to two family of cuts exists and those are Step Cuts referring to your Emerald Cuts, Baguettes, among others and the others refers to Brilliant cuts such as Pears, Ovals, Marquises, etc.

Brilliant Cuts tend to have more facets and as a result are said to exhibit more fire and sparkle. While Step Cuts although may appear to have less fire, tend to look whiter and cost less.

This picture serves to show – that while non Round shapes or as we say fancy shapes which refer to all the shapes apart from Round tend to be cheaper apples to apples versus Rounds the cost savings are mitigated in large part by the face up size difference that a Round of the same or similar carat weight will show.

In short a 1 carat Round might cost 10 to 20% more than 1 carat Princess Cut Diamond in the same carat weight and with most or all other parameters being the same but it will also appear 10 to 20% bigger than a comparable Princess Cut Diamond.

Therefore, and once again it is good to use carat weight as a guide to optical impact – but when your Diamond or Diamonds come together with other gemstones, diamonds or even on its own as a solitaire set in a gold or platinum setting – then as an ensemble you will find the sum is greater than the parts.

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Princess Cut and Round Brilliant Diamond

Still confused?

Feel free to visit our Diamond Consultation page to learn about the fascinating world of Diamonds and if you still have questions, one of our experts will be glad to guide you through the process to find the Diamond or Diamonds right for you. Moreover, you can work with our team to have it set in one of our proprietary designs or have something designed just for you.