Choosing the perfect diamond can be overwhelming, but fancy cuts like oval, pear, heart, and baguette offer unique qualities. Each cut has its own unique characteristics, so it's important to choose one that aligns with your preferences and needs.
Oval-Cut The oval cut is known for appearing larger than its actual size, making it a great choice if you want to maximize the perceived size of your diamond. Look for symmetry and cut quality, and be sure to view an image of the stone to avoid the bow-tie effect. Additionally, the oval cut is great at hiding flaws, so you can choose a lower clarity without it being noticeable.
Pear-Cut The pear cut is known for its brilliance, but be aware that inclusions may be more visible than in other fancy shapes. Stick to higher clarity grades to ensure your diamond looks its best.
Heart-Cut Symmetry is key when it comes to the heart cut. Make sure the two halves of the heart are identical, and pay attention to the center cleft to ensure it's deep enough to make the heart shape distinct and symmetrical.
Baguette-Cut The baguette cut has a large surface area, which means flaws or inclusions will be more noticeable. Opt for higher clarity grades when choosing a baguette-cut diamond.
Emerald-Cut Clean, sophisticated lines and stepped facets showcase a diamond's clarity but have less sparkle and fire compared to other fancy cuts. Opt for higher clarity grade for a flawless look.
Princess-Cut The modern, square-shaped princess cut sparkles brilliantly. Look for diamonds with an Excellent or Very Good cut grade, and watch out for chipping in the corners.
Cushion-cut diamonds can come in various proportions and can be tailored to your preference. But, some may have a "crushed ice" look, which can appear slightly hazy. To avoid this, choose a cushion cut with larger facets and a higher cut grade.
Round-Cut While not a fancy cut, The classic round shape is the most popular choice for engagement rings. Choose a diamond with an Excellent or Very Good cut grade for maximum sparkle.
Marquise-Cut Dramatic and elegant with pointed ends that elongate the finger. Choose a higher color grade to avoid visible color, and ensure the points are even and symmetrical.
Ultimately, your perfect fancy-cut shape will depend on your preferences and needs. Remember these tips as you browse your options, and don't hesitate to ask us for guidance. With the right knowledge and guidance, you'll find the perfect diamond to match your unique style and taste.