Diamonds are especially popular because of the way they shine under light. The way diamonds are structured on the inside, they refract the light and make for a gleaming play of light, only to be picked up by our eyes. As much as the sparkle of a diamond is a characteristic of its composition, the final result that we see is also often brought forth by the way a diamond is shaped. Believe it or not, the play of light in a diamond can be enhanced by cutting the diamond in a certain way.
This also explains why most diamonds you see are cut in very similar shapes and in strict dimensions. In order to make the light enter the diamond at a certain angle, these cuts are designed and studied so that their brilliance (the property of play of light) can be increased and optimised.
This is why certain cuts or shapes of diamonds are particularly popular in the field. But what are these cuts called and why are they done in that specific manner? This blog discusses that in detail.
Heirloom Jewellery: the Sentiment Attached
As far as family heirlooms go, jewellery stands on top of everything in terms of its importance and value. Jewellery is something that people hold really dear to them. When they are passed on to the next generation, their value gets appreciated, both in monetary terms and in sentimental value. This is why heritage and heirloom jewellery are considered highly valuable in the jewellery world.
But since most of these designs go out of vogue, or the current owners do not find them to go with their style and appearance, they look for either modernising it or repurposing it.
- Popular Diamond Cuts :
Round brilliant-cut diamonds are the most common form of diamonds in the market as they are mostly preferred for their brilliance. Because of their shape, round brilliant cut diamonds actually show the most play of light, which can be even more enhanced with a high-quality diamond. Plus, the shape of the round diamonds actually allows a high amount of flexibility while using them for jewellery.
- Princess-Cut :
Diamonds shaped with the princess cut are usually square or rectangular in shape and are most often seen in rings. Basically, a square modified brilliant-cut diamond, princess cut diamonds are especially loved because of their unique colour emission. Instead of at the centre, the princess cut diamonds to display their colours on the corners of the diamond.
- Cushion-Cut :
The cushion-cut, or the pillow cut, is a rather timeless piece of beauty that is named after its pillow-like shape. A square with filleted or curved corners, the cushion cut allows the diamond to have more brilliance as it allows the diamond to have larger facets. This is why cushion cuts are often featured on premium jewellery.
- Emerald-Cut :
A truly unique cut as far as diamonds go, emerald cut diamonds make for fabulous centrepieces on necklaces and earrings with accents all around it. With square facets made into the pavilion of the diamonds in a step-wise manner, the emerald cut actually looks bigger and thus appears to be more sparkly, thanks to its rectangular table.
- Pear Shaped Cut :
Another favourite for rings, the pear-shaped cut diamond looks like a teardrop is often used for its slimmer appearance. The overall effect it creates for the piece of jewellery is soft and delicate, a quality that is most often appreciated. They are also often preferred in rings as it lends the hands and fingers the appearance of being slender and slimmer.