Unique Diamond Cuts

It is true that diamonds are forever, although no one wants a dull rock on their hand for the rest of their life. While the round brilliant cut is a timeless staple and adaptable to almost any design, it is also on 75% of the engaged world’s fingers. If you’re seeking something a little different for your engagement ring, a fancy cut diamond could be the perfect option for you! Let us walk you through our 5 top picks before you make the official ‘hint-hint’ to your partner.

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‘I Liked Diamonds Before They Were Cool’

If you collected vinyl before the bandwagon took off, then we know the perfect diamond cut for you! Dating all the way back to the middle ages, ‘The Point Cut Diamond’ was created by preserving the natural octahedron shape and polishing the stone to a point. Over time, the point cut diamond had a facelift, just under one half of the octahedron was sawn off creating the table cut. This is where the importance of a culet was also discovered and the addition of four corner facets created the “old eight cut” we know today. This breakthrough was the first faceting technique ever to be used, followed by the step cut – the forefather of an emerald cut diamond. 

Aura Platinum Engagement Ring

‘Pucker Up If You Love A Marquise’

The first Marquise diamond was scandalously commissioned by King Louis XV of France. He desired a cut that resembled the lips of his mistress, Jean Antoinette Poisson, the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour. The Marquise Cut Diamond features 58 facets and from the face-up, displays a bow-tie across the width of the diamond and ranges from light grey to black. Their elegant and graceful shape appears striking paired with either a contemporary or vintage design!

Rose cut pear shaped diamond ring

‘Stop and Smell the Roses’

Named and designed after the spiralling petals in a rosebud, the Rose Cut takes the fancy cut diamond to another level of unique. This cutting style ‘rose’ in popularity during the Georgian and Victorian Eras and is in the midst of making a comeback. We recently made this gorgeous ring for the lovely Laura & Matty which featured a rose-cut pear-shaped diamond in the centre. With anywhere between 3 to 24 facets, this iconic cut features a flat base and a domed crown composed of triangular facets. In comparison to modern faceted diamonds, Rose Cuts are subtle and impart a soft diffused light, producing lustre rather than sparkle. Essentially, your brilliant faceted diamonds are studio spotlights and your Rose Cuts sets the scene with mood lighting.

Asscher Cut Loose Diamond

‘Daisy Would Approve’

Cousin to the Emerald cut is the super chic and luxe Asscher Cut. Designed by the Royal Asscher Diamond Company in 1902, it is one of the very first patented diamond cuts in the world! Due to the Second World War’s battle of the Netherlands, the original patent expired. Without a renewal, this allowed other companies and diamond cutters to introduce the Asscher Cut into their catalogue. Iconic to the Art Deco Era, Asscher Cut Diamonds are square cuts with cropped corners and feature large step facets, a higher crown and smaller table. This combo often creates a greater brilliance in comparison to an Emerald Cut. Be sure to pair your Asscher centre stone with a pair of trapezoid diamonds for all the Gatsby vibes.

Trilliant cut diamond

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‘This Would Look ‘Acute’ On You’

For the funky and daring bride-to-be, the Trilliant is sure to turn heads simply as a solitaire and also compliments any centre stone remarkably well. The unconventional cut is available in either curved or straight equilateral sides. This superstar of a stone also hides inclusions well and appears larger than its carat weight due to its shallowness. Be mindful, as due to its shallow cut, any surface dirt will compromise light interplay. Therefore, keeping your Trilliant Diamond clean is important to ensure maximum sparkle. However, don’t let a little extra maintenance keep you from endless design potential!

While there are many varieties of diamond cuts and combinations, creating a truly unique masterpiece lies in your (or your jeweller’s) hands. Don’t be afraid to get creative and combine different shapes, play around with scale and setting choice!

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. It is true that the way to a girl’s heart is with a beautiful, dazzling diamond. But what shape of diamond is going to be ‘the one’ for your partner’s perfect engagement ring?

Here are five of our favourite fancy cut diamonds:

It is safe to say that no matter what you choose, your partner will celebrate with joy. You may decide to opt for the popular and classic choices of a Round Brilliant cut or Princess cut diamond. Or you may wish to choose a lesser-known, more uniquely shaped diamond. If you are after a unique style engagement ring, then choosing one of the rarer cuts is a great way to individualise your design. Whether you set your chosen diamond into a simple solitaire design or an intricate and detailed design, a uniquely cut diamond will make your engagement ring sit on its own as an original piece.

 Asscher Cut

Becoming increasingly popular is the Asscher cut diamond.  The Asscher cut was created by Joseph Asscher in 1902 and is often referred to as a ‘Square Emerald’ cut. The Asscher cut is an elegant step cut, similar to that of an Emerald cut, we love to feature these in contemporary and Art Deco designs. The facets reflect light like mirrors. The Asscher Cut is recognisable by its high crown, small table facet, deep pavilion and, most importantly, its 45-degree corners. 

Marquise Cut

One of the least known cuts is the Marquise cut. Marquise shaped diamonds are a great choice for those with smaller fingers. The elongated shape, like an Oval cut diamond, creates the illusion of longer fingers. They also create the illusion of the diamond being larger than it actually is. 

Radiant Cut

The Radiant cut is one of the more recent cuts. Created just over 20 years ago, the Radiant cut can be square or rectangular in shape and has the same cropped corners as an Asscher or Emerald cut. The Radiant cut features the same pattern of crown and pavilion facets as a Round Brilliant cut diamond, making it more dazzling than an Emerald cut. 

Pear Cut

Combining the best parts of the Oval and Marquise cuts; the Pear cut diamond is arguably one of the most exquisite diamond shapes. The beautiful teardrop shape suits both modern and vintage designs. One thing to keep in mind when considering a Pear shaped diamond is the quality of the cut. It is important to choose a Pear shaped diamond with a high cut grade. If a Pear shaped diamond has a poor grade it may exhibit a ‘bow tie’ effect, which is a dark section or shadow in the diamond. 

Heart Shape

The Heart shape diamond is one of the more unique styles of cuts and, unsurprisingly, it is also among the most romantic of all the cuts. The most famous Heart shaped diamond is the 27.64-carat, fancy vivid blue “Heart of Eternity”. 

Which of these cuts is your favourite? Or has yours been left off this list? Let us know in the comments below.


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