Five Unique Diamond Cuts You May Not Have Heard Of
It is true, 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, 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.
‘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 emerald cut diamond.
‘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!
‘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.
‘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.
‘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!