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When It Comes To Diamonds, It's All About The Cut

Aug 17, 2007
Diamonds are loved the world over for their fiery brilliance. For centuries they have been symbols of love and prosperity. Many young girls eagerly await having a diamond ring on their hands. They have adorned the crowns of Kings and Queens. They come in many shapes and sizes and are very costly to buy. Despite the high price they come with, people still vie to own them.

One of the things that differentiate one diamond from another is the cut of the stone. Diamonds are cut into different shapes from raw crystals. Facets are cut into the top and they are then polished, so that their brilliance can be seen. There are many cuts of diamonds, some more expensive than others. The art of cutting them has graduated from people with simple tools to state of the art techniques. As time went on, unique cuts began to emerge. Some of them even patented. Two such diamonds are the Asscher and the Princess diamonds. They both have a square cut, but their facets are completely different.

How the diamond will be cut depends on the crystal formation that they come from. A round brilliant diamond comes from a formation that has an octahedron shape. Marquis and oval diamonds are derived from formations that have a macle shape.

A common misconception is that diamonds don't chip or become scratched. This is not the case; so many jewelers take that into consideration. Square cut diamonds can have rounded edges that help protect the stones from chipping. The Princess cut diamond has pointed corners, so if you are fortunate enough to own one, be very careful with it.

The number of facets can also influence the price of the diamonds. The facets allow the brilliance of the diamond to shine through. Light reflects off of them, giving the diamond their sparkling appearance. There are 58 facets in the round cut brilliant stone. If the culet or bottom facet is left out, it will have 57 facets.

There are other shapes of diamond, such as the emerald cut. If it is cut from a clear stone, it makes an exceptional polished gem. Much like its name suggests, the stone is cut in a rectangular shape and its facets are long and flat.

A unique diamond is the Asscher. It's a patented stone that appears to have a spider web in the top. It is similar to the emerald shape, but it is square.

The shapes don't stop there. There is the oval shaped diamond that comes in the shape that its name describes. The marquis is a highly faceted diamond, with a long flat cut. This type of cut will allow the maximum carat weight to be retained.
There is also the pear or tear shaped diamond.

There are many other shapes of diamonds, many of them are custom. You get see them in the shapes of butterflies, or hearts or just about anything you can imagine. Whatever the shape, everybody wants one.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Diamond Engagement Rings at
http://www.diamondsden.com
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