Diamonds come in a vast array of shapes and sizes. After they are mined in their rawest form, known as “rough,” they are transported and sold from the source around the world and undergo the faceting and polishing processes.
What determines the shape, size and color of a diamond? The cutting process contributes to the end product, as diamond cutters look to retain the most carat weight and create a stone wit the best cut, color and clarity. Like a fingerprint, or a snowflake, every diamond is completely different. Its inclusions and facets are like a map unique to its identity.
The Round Brilliant Cut Diamond
The most popular diamond style for an engagement ring is the Round Brilliant cut. For an excellent cut, the diamond is to have 58 facets, divided among its crown, girdle and pavilion. The goal is to achieve maximum fire and overall perfection. Because it faces up with a wide spread, which results in a bigger look compared to other cuts for its size, the Round Brilliant cut sells more than 80% more compared to other diamond styles.
The Cushion Cut Diamond
The Cushion cut diamond is another popular shape among those looking for a diamond engagement ring. Also known as the “pillow-cut” diamond, the cushion is more antique in style and known for its large facets and intense sparkle and brilliance. This cut is a great alternative for those looking for something with just as much fire but less ordinary then a Round Brilliant.
The Emerald Cut Diamond
The Emerald cut is also a popular diamond shape. Known as a “step-cut,” the rectangular shape with cut corners consists of simple, elegant and clean lines, that pair well with a variety of side stone shapes or as a solitaire. Those looking for an Emerald cut diamond tend to choose higher clarity and color as it shows inclusions more easily than Round and Cushion diamonds.
No matter the shape of diamond or engagement ring you are looking to take a loan on or sell, the expert gemologists at New York Loan Company are happy to assist. New York Loan Company also offers buy and sell and collateral loan options on gold jewelry, luxury watches and fine art. Call us at 212.997.5626 or visit our offices at 50 West 47th Street, Suite 319, New York, NY 10036.