Diamond Cuts Infographic


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There are different types of stone cuts reserved for diamonds and diamond stimulants, such as CZ and moissanite. These cuts were designed specifically to maximize the diamond's sparkle through specific proportions and faceting techniques. Some, like the Old Mine cut, are usually only seen in vintage jewelry, while a newer diamond cut, like the princess-cut, can only be found in modern designs.

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Diamond Cuts

  • Asscher-Cut: A variation of the classic emerald-cut gemstone with a square shape, cutoff corners, and large step cut facets.
  • Brilliant-Cut: A gemstone that is cut to enhance brilliance without sacrificing much carat weight. Typically it has 58 facets.
  • Modified Brilliant-Cut: A variety of the traditional brilliant-cut technique, but with a modification that deviates from the typical facet count and arrangement.
  • Old European Cut: An old-fashioned gemstone cut dating back to the 1800s. With a round shape and 58 facets, it is considered the precursor to the modern brilliant-cut. However, it has a greater depth and smaller table than the brilliant-cut of today.
  • Old Mine Cut: An antique gemstone cut dating back to the 1700s. Features a rounded square silhouette similar to the modern cushion-cut, but conforms to the shape of the rough gemstone in order to preserve the weight. The culet is usually large enough to be easily seen through the table of the diamond.
  • Princess-Cut : A multifaceted gemstone cut that has a square or rectangular shape with a facet arrangement that yields a similar level of brilliance to the round brilliant-cut. The princess-cut is known for the distinct "x" shape it renders while looking through the table.
  • Radiant-Cut: A gemstone cut considered to blend the brilliant-cut with the emerald-cut. Creates a rectangular or squared shape with cutoff edges and facets to reflect the light from multiple angles.
  • Rose-Cut: An antique gemstone cut dating back to the 1500s, with a flat back and a faceted top.
  • Single-Cut: A gemstone cutting technique that dates back to the 1300s. Still used today in small stones, the single-cut usually features 18 facets that go in one direction without crossing each other.