We’ve all heard about the mythical “4 Cs” of diamond quality. Clarity, cut, carat and colour all affect the selling price and overall value of precious stones, so it’s worth doing your research when the time comes for you to buy or sell diamonds.
Different diamond cuts can drastically affect the value of a stone. This is mainly because of the level of skill and years of practice involved in the diamond cutting process, and the fact that nothing affects the all-important glitter and shine of a diamond more than skilful cutting and polishing. Even an inferior diamond, if cut properly, can command an impressive price. Whether you’re dealing with diamond buying companies in Johannesburg or anywhere else in the world, the desirability of certain cuts comes and goes with trends and fashions, but practically all diamonds fall into 10 categories that have stood the test of time with diamond-lovers for many years.
- Classic Round
The round-cut diamond is the one most of us are most familiar with, and any jeweller or diamond buying company in Johannesburg will tell you it’s consistently the most popular. 75% of all diamonds sold are cut in this fashion. The round cut is considered by most diamond experts to be the cut that maximises the beauty and shine of a good stone to its best.
- Princess Cut
First conceived in 1980, the princess is a relatively new cut that is nonetheless extremely popular, and the most popular of all the fancy shapes. Like round cuts, this shape works very well with practically any kind of ring, making it more desirable to buyers.
Oval stones are currently considered to be a tad old-fashioned, but we’re predicting a comeback for this vintage cut. Oval cuts are based on the classic round shape, and therefore provide a similar amount of fire and brilliance.
The marquise is a football-shaped adaptation of the round and oval shapes, and has a longer, thinner profile, giving it an elegant look. This shape also tricks the eye and creates the false illusion of larger size – great for the buyer, not ideal for the seller.
- Pear Shaped
The pear-shaped diamond cut is a combination of round and marquise, and has a slender, tapered end on one side. This shape is a difficult one to get right, so its value is largely determined by the skill of the cut and its overall symmetry.
- Cushion Cut
If you’ve decided to cash in your jewellery collection with a resounding “I’m selling my diamonds!”, coming across a cushion cut stone may give you second thoughts. Feminine and soft and with the illusion of great size and luxury, these are extremely popular stones at the moment for a variety of different jewellery applications.
- Emerald Cut
The classic tapered rectangle of the emerald cut was borrowed from the technique used to show off green emeralds at their best. It can be described as having a large, open “table”, surrounded by step-cuts. Rather than producing the brilliant sparkle we’re all used to, emerald cut creates a strong shine and mirror-like quality. Old-fashioned but nonetheless popular and exquisitely beautiful.
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- Asscher Cut
First produced in 1902 by the Holland-based Asscher brothers, it is quite close to the shape of the emerald cut, and is therefore considered its forerunner. The main differences are the Asscher’s square shape, smaller table, larger step facets and a higher crown. Due to these qualities, Asscher cut diamonds produce more brilliance than emerald cut.
- Radiant Cut
As the name suggests, this design is cut for ultimate sparkle and brilliance that can easily compete with the popular round cuts. The square shape is somewhere between a cushion and a princess cut, and Radiant is the only rectangular cut to have a brilliant-cut facet pattern all over the surface of the stone.
- Heart Shaped
Love them or hate them, hearts and diamonds are inextricably linked in the world of romance, so this cut is here to stay, although many jewellers and diamond buyers find them difficult to sell, considering the more refined and serious aesthetic of the modern bride. This cut is better suited to pendants than rings, and is best suited for larger diamonds, as the shape can be difficult to see on small stones.
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