Cut versus cutAs you can imagine, the quality of the diamond cut determines the price. A poorly cut diamond reflects less light. It is a sign of bad craftsmanship. Whereas an excellent cut diamond reflects the light optimally. We consider this good craftsmanship. But of course, this doesn’t say anything about the diamond’s shape. But the shape also most definitely determines the price of the diamond. The quality of the cut determines the price. Poorly cut diamonds reflect less light than ideal cut diamonds.
Which diamond cuts are there?As you may know, there are different kind of diamond shapes. Some cuts are (relatively) cheap and others are more valuable. Let’s discuss the different diamond shapes first:
- Royal 201
Brilliant cutWe often consider the brilliant cut diamond as the 'normal' or 'regular' shape of a diamond with 57 facets. Around 95% of all diamonds that are suitable for jewelry end up as a brilliant cut. It is (almost) the ideal form for the brilliance of the diamond in its present form.
Oval cutFor those who want to stand out from the crowd, an oval cut diamond is a good choice. Like a brilliant, an oval cut diamond has 57 facets. The difference is that an oval appears more elegant and bigger than a brilliant diamond of the same weight.
Princess cutToday’s second most popular diamond shape is the princess cut. It’s a square diamond with sharp edges. Even though it is a relatively young cut, it stole many hearts already. When you look at the Princess cut from above, it appears square. But if you look at it from the side, it looks like an upside-down pyramid. A princess cut is, just like many square shapes, a relatively inexpensive diamond cut.
Radiant cutKnown for its unexpected sparkle, the radiant cut diamond is quite the popular cut these days. The radiant cut is a square or rectangular-shaped diamond. It is a relatively new shape among the long-established traditional cuts.
Baguette cutBaguette cut diamonds are usually not the main stone in a piece of jewelry. But they make a beautiful jewelry piece stunning and a stunning piece a sparkling one. That is why the baguette is actually a quite fascinating diamond cut.
Emerald cutThe Emerald cut diamond is one of the first and oldest cuts of diamonds and other precious stones. The name of this cutting comes from the gemstone Emerald. To maintain as much of the gem as possible, they cut the stone in a rectangular shape with so-called “step-cut facets”.
Asscher cutThe Asscher Cut is one of the most popular diamond shapes. It is a diamond shape from the Netherlands. We often compare to a square emerald cut because it has the same “step-cut facets”. Emerald cut diamonds and other "step cuts" are not expensive because of their shape but because they often have a very good clarity.
Cushion cutThe cushion cut is a square diamond shape with rounded corners. The shape looks a bit like a pillow, hence the name. This cut reflects the light in a chunkier way than for example a brilliant. This is what we call ‘the crushed ice effect’. This shape was very popular around the 1920s but made a huge comeback recently.
Pear cutThe pear cut diamond has many names. We also call it a teardrop of pear-shaped diamond. Regardless of how you call it, the pear cut diamond is one of the most beautiful shapes. The gorgeous silhouette combines sharp edges with round curves.
Marquise cutThe marquise cut is a popular diamond shape. We also call this the “Navette” shape. This means “little boat”. The marquise is an oval-shaped diamond cut with pointed ends. The romantic history of this diamond shape makes the marquise a beloved diamond cut for engagement rings.
Heart-shapeProbably one of the most meaningful icons in the history of humanity is the heart. Hearts symbolize love and affection for almost as long as we can remember. It may not come as a surprise when I tell you that there also is a diamond cut in the shape of a heart.
The Royal 201
The Royal 201 is our very own worldwide-patented diamond shape. Praised for its sparkling brilliance. The Royal 201 is a great example of the evolution of the diamond shape, with more facets, more fire and more sparkle. In total, this diamond shape has 201 facets. That is why we call it the Royal 201. Experts consider this the most sparkling diamond cut in the world. The Royal 201 is famous for its unparalleled sparkle.