Without having the right knowledge about diamonds, it is practically impossible to shop for the right ones. There are abundance of cuts and varieties in the market to choose from. It can be quite overwhelming to choose from various cuts, types, and details. Then how does one possibly choose the best diamond? It surely is a difficult task. It is bad deal to spend your money on a bad diamond, which doesn’t suit you or isn’t worth the money. There are four C’s in the checklist of buying the right diamond. They mainly are: Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat. Let’s know more about the first C of this checklist, which is different types of Cuts and their features:
Heart Shaped Diamonds: As evident from its name, it is a beautiful heart cut shaped diamond which is essentially a pear-shaped diamond with a cleft at the top.
Marquise Cut Diamonds: This one is more pointy towards two ends. The cut is also called, the ‘navette’ cut diamond and is an elongated in shape.
Oval Diamonds: An oval cut is similar to a round diamond. They are more popular for their sheer brilliance and they look wonderful on long, slender fingers.
Pear Shaped Diamonds: Also known as the teardrop diamond, this type of diamond is a combination cut of the round-brilliant and the marquise.
Princess Cut Diamonds: Most exquisite cut recently is the princess cut which is a preferred choice for stunning engagement rings, either as a solitaire or with accent stones.
Radiant Cut Diamonds: Here’s a cut which reflects the perfect blend of the traditional Emerald Cut and Asscher Cut. This gives a unique look in diamond rings.
Round Brilliant Diamonds: Round brilliant diamonds are the most traditional and popular choice for engagement rings.
Asscher Cut Diamonds: This cut is also many a times referred to as the ‘square emerald cut’. The Asscher Cut Diamonds has cropped corners.
Cushion Cut Diamonds: This most often than not resembles a cross between the old mine cut and a modern oval cut. This is an antique type of cut.
Emerald Cut Diamonds: You might not know this, but the emerald cut was actually originally developed for cutting emeralds, and not diamonds. It was later discovered that emerald cut was also suitable for other stones, including diamonds. Hence, it tends to be less fiery than a round brilliant cut. This is because of its long lines, but it also tends to have broader, more dramatic flashes of light which looks beautiful.
The cut is followed by clarity. Diamonds are surely beautiful but never perfect as you may think. Many diamonds have some flaws or inclusions. The visibility, number and size of these inclusions decide what is the clarity of a diamond. The higher this number, the more it will shine.
Next is color. Usually, diamonds in its original form are preferred more. Although colored diamonds have their own charm. Sapphire, emerald and several other colored diamonds are expensive, beautiful and rare too.
The carat is the unit of weight by which a diamond is measured. The size is of the diamond also affects the price of the diamond. Large diamonds are commonly less found ones and hence the price is higher than other sizes. Moreover, the size of the diamond beautifies and adds charm to a diamond. One can also decide on the size based on two things: budget and type of fingers. For example, slender long fingers will make a round cut small diamond ring appear bigger. Hence they look more beautiful. If you buy a bigger diamond, then it might look oversized on smaller hands.
Steffy Lawren is a jewelry designer and is famous for her unique and modern designs in diamond rings and other jewelry. She educates other budding jewelry designers by writing articles and sharing her tips on on her personal blog.