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Popular Engagement Ring Diamond Cuts

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.

Brilliance in Round

While many people may just see simple shapes when looking at diamonds (i.e. round, square, heart), those in the diamond industry see cut, pattern, and detail when looking into a diamond. The loan officers at New York Loan for example, are trained to not only see the details in the cut, but to look at the color, clarity and fluorescence as well.

There are many different styles of cut, ranging from pear to marquis and from oval to emerald. Even in a “round” diamond, the method and type of cut can greatly affect the look of your diamond, which is why one of the most important measures for grading a diamond is “cut”.

A round brilliant was invented in 1919 by Marcel Tolkowsky, a diamond cutter from Poland. This cut gives a round diamond the maximum amount of light return, resulting in a brilliant, sparkling diamond. 58 total facets complete the round brilliant, with extra care being taken in forming the crown and pavilion angle.

The Gemological Institute of America, where the New York Loan Company staff is trained, uses the terms “Excellent, Very Good, Good, Poor, & Fair” to grade a diamond’s cut. The grading reports set the standard in the diamond industry, and can greatly affect the value of a diamond. This is why it is imperative that a GIA certificate is brought in (if available) when selling or making a loan against your diamond.

To purchase, sell, or loan against a round brilliant diamond, please reach out to New York Loan at 212-997-5626 or email at info@newyorkloan.com. The gemologists on staff at the luxury pawnshop are happy to help and answer any questions you may have.