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Diamond Shapes and Cuts

 

Avital & Co.

If you can imagine it, we’ll create it since 1957

Diamond Shapes and Cuts

 





















When thinking about getting engaged one of the first things that come to your mind is purchasing a diamond engagement ring.  Avital and Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), have been designing diamond engagement rings since 1957. Our 57 years of knowledgeable experience in helping thousands of people pick out their dream diamond and gemstone wedding set has made us experts on educating you and your partner on choosing the right diamond engagement ring and diamond wedding bands that is right for you and your partner. Avital & Co. will work with every budget and find the perfect diamond stone and setting for you. Email us at sales@Avitalandco.com or call us at 212-764-6851 to speak to a certified gemologist to set up your no obligatory appointment today.

Here at Avital & Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), we have every diamond shape/cut available. The most popular cut diamond is called Round Brilliant. Other diamond cuts, known as fancy diamond cuts in the diamond industry, are Asscher, Emerald, Oval, Marquise, Pear, Radiant, Princess, Heart, and Cushion.

Avital & Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), offers many beneficial services such as free jewelry cleaning, free verbal appraisals, free consultations, and many other services.  Click here to learn more and become our customer.

To all of you, from all of us at Avital & Co. - Thank you and Happy Shopping.

 

Avital & Co.

If you can imagine it, we’ll create it since 1957

Round Brilliant Cut Diamond

The most popular diamond cut available is the round brilliant. Created in 1919 by Marcel Tolkowsky, the round brilliant diamond cut accounts for 75% of diamonds sold worldwide. The reason why the round brilliant diamond cut is the most popular and thus the most expensive diamond cut is because this type of diamond cut requires an almost perfect octahedron shaped rough diamond. In addition, up to 50% of the original rough diamond weight is lost to cutting and polishing, allowing the diamond to have 58 facets; thirty-three on the top of the diamond (crown) and twenty-five on the pavilion (cone shaped bottom of the diamond). This type of cut is what allows the round brilliant cut diamond to have one of the highest level of sparkle (fire) in any diamond cut available.

If you are interested in purchasing a round brilliant-cut diamond, please email us at sales@Avitalandco.com or call us at 212-764-6851 during our store hours.

Avital & Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), offers many beneficial services such as free jewelry cleaning, free verbal appraisals, free consultations, and many other services. Click here to learn more and become our customer.

To all of you, from all of us at Avital & Co. - Thank you and Happy Shopping.

 

Avital & Co.

If you can imagine it, we’ll create it since 1957

Princess Cut Diamond

A princess cut diamond is the next most popular diamond cut. Becoming popular in the 1960's, the princess-cut diamond is a square or rectangular shaped diamond that is similar to that of an inverted pyramid with four beveled sides and is sometimes referred to as a square modified brilliant diamond.

The princess-cut diamond will display the same degree of brilliance (sparkle or fire) that a round brilliant cut diamond will. The difference between the two is the princess-cut diamond's faceting style and is less expensive than that of a round brilliant cut diamond. The reason why the princess-cut diamond is less expensive than the round brilliant diamond is that it retains about 80% of the rough diamond, as opposed to the round brilliant, which retains only about 50% of the rough. The ability to retain more crystal weight makes this shape popular amongst diamond cutters.

Avital and Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), recommends choosing a setting with prongs when considering a princess-cut diamond. This is because diamonds naturally have flaws in them and with a princess-cut, if there are flaws in the diamond, the most likely area to find these flaws are in the corners of the diamond and this type of setting will hide these flaws and will protect the corners of your diamond. However, if your heart is set on a different type of setting, Avital & Co. will be happy to accommodate your wishes.

If you are interested in purchasing a princess-cut diamond, please email us at sales@Avitalandco.com or call us at 212-764-6851 during our store hours.

Avital & Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), offers many beneficial services such as free jewelry cleaning, free verbal appraisals, free consultations, and many other services. Click here to learn more and become our customer.

To all of you, from all of us at Avital & Co. - Thank you and Happy Shopping.

 

Avital & Co.

If you can imagine it, we’ll create it since 1957

Emerald-Cut Diamond

This cut was originally created to enhance the vivid green color of emeralds and was made popular during the Art Deco period by diamond cutters. Bearing a feeling of timeless elegance and tranquility, this beautiful and precise traditional diamond shape speaks of refined style and inherent beauty.

The emerald-cut diamond, also known as a step cut due to its concentric facets that look like stairs (similar to the Asscher Cut), is a rectangular shaped diamond with a larger, open “table” (“table” is the top of a diamond) and fewer facets, thus highlighting the clarity of the diamond more than any other diamond shape. The emerald-cut diamond has 58 facets (25 pavilion, 25 crown, and 8 girdle), and eight sides as the four “corners” are actually short sides. The corners are cut with steps—parallel, graduated planes to protect the stone. The culet is dependent on the length-width ratio of the diamond—it is a point if the diamond is a square and a line when the diamond is longer. The way these elements work together, through facet shapes, angles, and sizes, creates a diamond with less brilliance and light dispersion. Therefore, people who choose this cut of diamond choose it for its elegance, unique sophistication and a feeling of aristocracy.

When choosing an emerald-cut diamond, it is important to take into consideration the cut, clarity, and color of the diamond. Due to the way this type of diamond is cut causing a mirror effect that is created by the beautiful facets of the emerald-cut, inclusions are more visible in an emerald-cut diamond than in other diamond cuts. Thus, the color of an emerald-cut diamond is more noticeable. Therefore, at Avital and Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), we recommend when choosing an emerald-cut diamond, you choose a diamond of a higher clarity and color.

If you are interested in purchasing an emerald-cut diamond, please email us at sales@Avitalandco.com or call us at 212-764-6851 during our store hours.

Avital & Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), offers many beneficial services such as free jewelry cleaning, free verbal appraisals, free consultations, and many other services. Click here to learn more and become our customer.

To all of you, from all of us at Avital & Co. - Thank you and Happy Shopping.

 

Avital & Co.

If you can imagine it, we’ll create it since 1957

Asscher-Cut Diamond

The Asscher-cut diamond is similar to the emerald-cut diamond only that it is square vs. rectangular in design. The cut was originally created in 1902 by Joseph Asscher, a diamond jeweler from Amsterdam and became popular in the 1920's and 1930's during the Art Deco Period. Recently the Asscher-cut diamond regained popularity thanks to being featured on Sex and the City and by some celebrities.

The Asscher-cut diamond, also known as a square emerald-cut diamond, is characterized by a high crown, small table facet, and deep pavilion, which allows it to have more fire than the emerald cut. Similar to the emerald-cut diamond, when choosing an Asscher-cut diamond, it is important to take into consideration the cut, clarity and color or the diamond  (See The 4C's). Due to the way this type of diamond is cut causing a mirror effect that is created by the beautiful facets of the Asscher-cut, inclusions are more visible in an Asscher-cut diamond than in other diamond cuts. Thus, the color of an Asscher-cut diamond is more noticeable. Therefore, at Avital and Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), we recommend when choosing an Asscher-cut diamond, you choose a diamond of a higher clarity and color.

If you are interested in purchasing an Asscher-cut diamond, please email us at sales@Avitalandco.com or call us at 212-764-6851 during our store hours.

Avital & Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), offers many beneficial services such as free jewelry cleaning, free verbal appraisals, free consultations, and many other services. Click here to learn more and become our customer.

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Avital & Co.

If you can imagine it, we’ll create it since 1957

Marquise-Cut Diamond

The marquise-cut diamond, also known as “navette” or “little boat” in French, is shaped to look like the hull of a boat.  Believed to be commissioned by King Louis XIV of France, who was inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, the marquis-cut diamond has an elongated oval shape with two pointed ends and a facet arrangement in the crown and pavilion that echoes the beauty of the round brilliant-cut.  The marquise-cut diamond is chosen by women who want to make their fingers look elongated and slim and to maximize the visual size of the diamond because it has one of the largest crown surface areas of any diamond shape.

The marquise diamond typically has 58 facets, like the round brilliant-cut, but can be cut with 4, 6, or 8 facets in its pavilion facets.  When choosing your marquise-cut diamond, Avital and Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), recommends choosing a diamond for a length to width ratio between 1.75 and 2.25. The reason for this recommendation is that there is a possibility that the diamond will exhibit a dark space in the center of the stone that will inhibit light from reflecting through the diamond. This is called the “bow-tie” effect. When properly cut, the marquise-cut diamond should reflect light on all sides without any “bow ties.”

Avital and Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), recommends a prong type setting to protect the two points of the diamond when choosing a marquis-cut diamond.  Since diamonds are formed by the Earth's crust, many of them will have flaws and or blemishes in them (Clarity of a Diamond). With a marquise-cut diamond, the two points of the diamond was once nearest the outer edge of the rough stone. Therefore, if there are blemishes or inclusions in the diamond, these flaws can be noticed here in the diamond. Thus, setting the diamond with a prong setting can mask these flaws. In addition, a prong setting will protect the two points of the diamond from chipping.

If you are interested in purchasing a marquis-cut diamond, please email us at sales@Avitalandco.com or call us at 212-764-6851 during our store hours.

Avital & Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), offers many beneficial services such as free jewelry cleaning, free verbal appraisals, free consultations, and many other services. Click here to learn more and become our customer.

To all of you, from all of us at Avital & Co. - Thank you and Happy Shopping.

 

Avital & Co.

If you can imagine it, we’ll create it since 1957

Oval-Cut Diamond

Created in the 1960's by Lazare Kaplan, nephew of the famous diamond cutter Abraham Tolkowsky, the oval-cut diamond is an elongated version of the round brilliant-cut diamond, elliptical in shape and possessing an old world sophistication.  Like the round brilliant cut diamond, the oval-cut diamond usually has 58 facets but can be cut with anywhere from 4, 6 or 8 pavilion facets to enhance the diamond's brilliance.  The oval-cut diamond is a perfect choice for someone who is looking for the brilliance and fire of the round brilliant-cut diamond but wants something that looks different and gives the illusion that the diamond, when being viewed face up, has more carat weight than other shapes.  For example, a two-carat oval-cut diamond will appear larger than a two carat round brilliant-cut diamond. In addition, the oval-cut diamond, like the marquis-cut diamond, can make the finger of the wearer appear longer and slimmer.  Furthermore, the oval-cut diamond will look beautiful and elegant in other pieces of jewelry other than a diamond engagement ring such as diamond pendants, diamond necklaces, and diamond earrings.

When purchasing an oval-cut diamond, there is no rule of thumb, like a princess-cut or a marquis-cut diamond on how narrow or fat the oval-cut diamond should be; it is a matter of personal choice.  However, Avital and Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), suggests that you purchase an oval-cut diamond with a length-width ratio of 1.35-1.50 (the proportion of the diamond’s top to bottom measurement compared to side-to-side) which is considered a classic oval-cut.  In addition, when purchasing an oval-cut diamond, make sure that the “bow-tie effect” (a dark space in the center of the stone that will inhibit light from reflecting through the diamond) is minimized.

If you are interested in purchasing an oval-cut diamond, please email us at sales@Avitalandco.com or call us at 212-764-6851 during our store hours.

Avital & Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), offers many beneficial services such as free jewelry cleaning, free verbal appraisals, free consultations, and many other services.  Click here to learn more and become our customer.

To all of you, from all of us at Avital & Co. - Thank you and Happy Shopping.

 

Avital & Co.

If you can imagine it, we’ll create it since 1957

Radiant Cut Diamond

During the 1970's, the emerald-cut diamond was becoming less popular because it did not offer the sparkle and brilliance of a round-cut diamond or the symmetry of the princess-cut diamond.  However, many loved the classic and elegant rectangular look that the emerald-cut diamond or the square look of the Asscher-cut diamond offered and loved the symmetry of the princess-cut diamond.   Therefore, in 1977 Henry Grossbard developed the radiant-cut diamond to bring out the sparkle of a round-brilliant diamond, the symmetry of a princess-cut diamond and the beautiful and elegant shape of the emerald-cut diamond or Asscher-cut diamond.  Therefore, the radiant-cut diamond can be either square or rectangular. In addition, the radiant-cut diamond has trimmed corners, unlike the princess-cut diamond, therefore protecting the corners of the radiant-cut diamond.

The radiant-cut diamond, also known as “cut corner rectangular modified brilliant” and “cut corner square modified brilliant,” has 70 facets, all of which maximize the effects of its light reflection and refraction, which is what, enables the diamond to have the sparkle and brilliance of a round brilliant-cut diamond.  It is the first rectangular cut of diamond (the second is the princess-cut diamond) to feature the same pattern of crown and pavilion facets as a round brilliant cut, resulting in a more dazzling diamond than an emerald cut.  For this reason, it is important to notice the length and width of the radiant-cut diamond.  Furthermore, like the marquis-cut diamond, the oval-cut diamond and the pear shape cut diamond, the longer the radiant-cut diamond is (rectangular in shape), there is a greater “bow tie” effect.  If you are looking for a square shaped radiant-cut diamond, look for a ratio of 1.05 or less.  If you are looking for a diamond that has the shape of an emerald-cut diamond but the brilliance of a brilliant-round cut diamond, look for a radiant-cut diamond of a ratio of 1.05 or more.

If you are interested in purchasing a radiant-cut diamond, please email us at sales@Avitalandco.com or call us at 212-764-6851 during our store hours.

Avital & Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), offers many beneficial services such as free jewelry cleaning, free verbal appraisals, free consultations, and many other services.  Click here to learn more and become our customer.

To all of you, from all of us at Avital & Co. - Thank you and Happy Shopping.

 

Avital & Co.

If you can imagine it, we’ll create it since 1957

Pear Cut Diamond

The pear-shaped cut diamond is a modified version of the marquis-cut diamond and the oval-cut diamond. Like the marquis-cut diamond the oval-cut diamond and the heart-shaped cut diamond, the pear-shaped cut diamond is also known as a modified brilliant-cut diamond.  Also called a teardrop shaped diamond, the pear-shaped cut diamond is so called for its single point and rounded end.  The pear-shaped-cut diamond is believed to have been created in 1400 by Lodewyk “Louis” van Berquem.

Since the pear-shaped cut diamond is a modified version of a round-brilliant cut diamond, it is usually cut to have 58 facets to bring out the fire, brilliance, and sparkle of the diamond.  A pear-shaped cut diamond appears larger per carat weight compared to other shape diamonds of equal quality.  For example, a 1.5ctw round-brilliant cut diamond will appear smaller than a 1.5ctw pear-shaped cut diamond. In addition, similar to the marquis-cut diamond and the oval-cut diamond, the pear-shaped cut diamond will have a slimming effect on your finger.

When looking for a pear-shaped/tear-drop cut diamond for your center stone in your diamond engagement ring, Avital and Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), recommends purchasing a pear-shaped diamond with a length-to-width ratio between 1.45 and 1.75.  When setting a pear-shaped cut diamond, the tapered point of the tear-drop-shaped diamond should be pointing towards your hand and preferably in a prong-type setting to protect the tip of the teardrop cut diamond.  Even so, Avital and Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), can set a pear-shaped cut diamond any way you like while protecting the tip of the diamond.

When looking to purchase a pear-shaped cut diamond, issues to be aware of are the following:

       “Bow-tie” effect.

       The rounded end of the pear-shaped cut diamond should be symmetrical and appear to look like a semi-  circle.If you drew a line down the center of the diamond, you should expect to see two visually similar  halves, but in some cases, one side protrudes more than the other does.This is often called “uneven  shoulders.”

    The rounded end of the diamond does not flow as a natural curve.The pear-shaped diamond is also  known as a tear dropped diamond because the pear-shaped cut diamond is supposed to resemble a  “tear” that falls down your face.A poorly cut pear-shaped cut diamond tip will appear to look as if it    dropped on the floor—the tip will be wide, blunt with a “rounded triangle” or a “squared off” appearance.

Because of its uniqueness, the teardrop shape/pear-shaped cut diamond is a popular choice for diamond earrings, diamond necklaces, and diamond pendants.  When choosing a pear-shaped cut diamond for these pieces of jewelry, the length-to-width ratio is a personal preference.

If you are interested in purchasing a pear-cut diamond, please email us at sales@Avitalandco.com or call us at 212-764-6851 during our store hours.

Avital & Co., located in the heart of the world famous Diamond District in New York City (NYC), offers many beneficial services such as free jewelry cleaning, free verbal appraisals, free consultations, and many other services.  Click here to learn more and become our customer.