If you’re a diamond enthusiast like me, you know all about the 4 C’s and basic shapes. But the diamond industry is complex with a rich history – so, of course you’ll find some diamond cuts that are unique to your rounds, pears, and ovals. Here are x diamond cuts you might not know about:
Diamond Shapes 101
A diamonds shape (not to be confused with cut), refers to the general silhouette of the stone, according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Each diamond shape has their own defining attributes that match different styles and personalities. We’ve covered the basic shapes in another blog post. You can find that blog post here.
The Ashoka® diamond is the brand name for a round-cornered rectangular modified brilliant cut. Designed by William Goldberg diamonds in 1999, and patented by the same company in 2000, this unique shape has 62 facets. The selection process for this shape is strict: only 10% of diamonds make the cut (get it?) since the rough diamond needs to be larger and longer than other typical shapes. It can even take up to six months to cut an Ashoka diamond! This shape is truly one-of-a-kind.
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Inspired by the cushion cut popularized in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, world-renowned diamond-cutter Gabi Tolkowsky designs the Asprey diamond. The Asprey shape has the same overall silhouette of the cushion, however there are some distinct differences to note. Asprey cuts are entirely cut by hand, making it even more unique. Other common shapes are the results of machine diamond-cutters. Also, this diamond has exactly 61 facets compared to the 58-64 in a cushion cut. Additionally, an “A” in engraved on the edge of the Asprey, making this shape unmistakable.
The Crown Jubilee®
A truly unique shape, the Crown Jubilee® diamond is a rare find. This shape lacks a flat table and has 8 facets on the top (totaling 88 facets). As its name suggests, it was created in the early 20th century to celebrate Queen Victoria’s 50th anniversary as queen.
We’re big fans of recommerce, so we enjoy this fun fact: The Crown Jubilee® is the first branded proprietary diamond cut that is recut from post-consumer diamonds. So, they are never cut from raw materials, as mining for diamonds is hard on the environment.
The Lily shape is reminiscent of a flower or a 4-leaf clover. The unique shape was designed and patented by Lili Diamonds in 2007. If you’re a high fashion fan, you’ll notice that this diamond shape is similar to shapes found in Louis Vuitton print. In fact, the massive designer brand has used Lily cut diamonds in their own jewelry collections in partnership with Lili Diamonds.
This shape features around 65 facets and can display round petals or pointed petals. However, cutting a diamond into this shape will cost a significant amount of raw diamond. The loss of raw diamonds ranges from 25-50%, so, much like LV, the cost is much higher than the other diamonds of the same carat weight.
Whether you’re looking for a round diamond, or one of the rare shapes listed above, Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange has a huge selection of diamonds priced for every budget.