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Diamond Cut

  • Round

The most popular diamond cut on the market, a round diamond takes the center stage in a classic engagement ring. The variants of this vary from the ideal round cut diamond featuring 58-facets to the patented 66-facet leo round diamond cut.

  • Princess

In the fancy shaped diamond category, princess diamond cut is the most popular. The ablong-shaped diamond is relatively new, and features modified brilliant cut arrangement of facets instead of step cut.

  • Emerald

This diamond cut has a rectangular shape, cut corners and broad flat planes that resemble a staircase’s steps.

  • Asscher

Developed in 1902 by Asscher brothers of Holand, the Asscher cut is a stepped square cut. This cut is just like the emerald diamond cut, but in square shape.

  • Marquise

Often used as a solitaire, the Marquise diamond cut is inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour. Therefore, it has an elongated shape and pointed ends.

  • Oval

Featuring an even, perfectly symmetrical design, oval diamond cut is popular among women with small hands, as this design makes their fingers appear longer.

  • Radiant

This diamond cut is a mixture of an emerald cut and a round cut diamond. It features 70 facets to maximize its color refraction effect for added elegance.

  • Pear

Oval and Marquise diamond cut come together to create this hybrid diamond cut. Shaped like a teardrop, pear diamond cut looks best when inserted in pendants and earrings.

  • Heart

Heart shaped diamond cut is extremely difficult to master but is considered the most romantic of all the diamond cuts on the market.

  • Cushion

Also known as pillow cut, the cushion diamond cut is an antique style cut that gives the diamond a beautiful depth. It features an open culet and a rectangular to square shape with rounded corners.

  • Trillion

Developed in the late 70s, the trillion diamond cut has equilateral sides cut in a combination of step cut and brilliant cut styles.

 

Diamond Color

  • D

A pure, colorless and very rare diamond that can undoubtedly mesmerize the onlooker.

  • E

A close color of D, but with a microscopic difference that can only be visible to the most attentive eye in specific light conditions.

  • F

A close color of D, but with a microscopic difference that can only be visible to the most attentive eye in specific light conditions.

  • G

The finest achievable color that is recognized for being near colorless and affordable (compared to other colorless options). A combination of G-H is a great way of enjoying near colorless diamonds at reasonable rates.

  • H

A close second to G, but with a noticeable difference in color. A combination of G-H is a great way of enjoying near colorless diamonds at reasonable rates.

  • I

A decent white diamond that is almost as good as G-H. Couple this with SI2 for the best quality at an affordable price. This color offers plenty of carats and are clean and clear.

  • J

A decent white diamond that is almost as good as G-H. Couple this with SI2 for the best quality at an affordable price. This color offers plenty of carats and are clean and clear.

  • K-M

A slightly tinted color.

  • N-Z

A noticeable tinted color. If more color is added, these can become fancy intense diamond colors.

 

Diamond Setting

  • Prong

The most practical, sturdy and safe way of holding a diamond. This setting is minimal and light, so it doesn’t ruin the final look of the diamond.

  • Channel

The fairly sturdy setting features diamonds suspended between two bars of strips of metals. This setting works best in the bezels of watches, as diamond placement is well calculated.

  • Bezel

The earliest technique of attaching diamonds that features bending metal and soldering it to the jewelry. Once set, the diamond is inserted into the bezel to hold it in place. This setting works best in classic engagement rings or diamond chains.

  • Unique

The setting features infinite amount of ways of holding the diamond in place. From prongs to pressure, the unique setting is a sign of real high-end jewelry that takes time and skill to architect.

  • Tension

The setting maintains the diamond’s brilliance and color best. The method is 40 years old and features showing and selling loose diamonds.

  • Invisible

The setting does not use prongs or metals. In this the diamonds hold are tightly packed so they hold each other together. It is difficult to master this setting as the creator has to ensure there are no cracks in between the diamonds and the surface is perfectly flat.

  • Pave

The setting is mainly pre-set, micro or hand, which is one of the most strong and impressive diamond holding methods. This setting is best used on icing out the jewelry and works best with diamonds in watches, bands and rings that feature a thick metal surface.

 

Diamond Clarity

  • FL

Extremely rare to find, these diamonds are internally and externally flawless and perfect.

  • IF

Extremely rare to find, these diamonds are internally and externally flawless and perfect.

  • VVS1

Featuring pristine quality when paired with at least F color, these diamonds only have microscopic flaws.

  • VVS2

Featuring pristine quality when paired with at least F color, these diamonds only have microscopic flaws.

  • VS1

These only have microscopic flaws and know how to flaunt the most practically pristine grades when coupled with G-F color.

  • VS2

These only have microscopic flaws and know how to flaunt the most practically pristine grades when coupled with G-F color.

  • SI1

Most practical diamonds that can highly impress onlookers. When paired with G color, the grade can fool the pickiest diamond buyers because the difference becomes too minute to detect with a naked eye if one lacks diamond experience.

  • SI2

Most practical diamonds that can highly impress onlookers. When paired with G color, the grade can fool the pickiest diamond buyers because the difference becomes too minute to detect with a naked eye if one lacks diamond experience.

  • I1

Recommended for beginners in the jewelry industry, these diamonds are hard to appreciate with their satisfying and adapting quality.

    • I2

Recommended for beginners in the jewelry industry, these diamonds are hard to appreciate with their satisfactory and adaptable quality.

  • I3

Recommended for beginners in the jewelry industry, these diamonds are hard to appreciate with their satisfactory and adaptable quality.