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Education Your Guide to Become a Jewelry Expert
Diamonds are natural crystals that come in large variety of shapes such as round, princess, heart, oval, marquise etc. The following information will help you to choose the right shaped diamond.
Brilliant Round
A classic diamond to most people is a round gem of sparkling white brilliance with a kaleidoscope of dazzling facets. This shape has set the standard for all other diamond shapes and accounts for more than 75% of diamonds sold today.
Princess is a brilliant square diamond with sharp, uncut corners and pavilion facets that are wide at the culet and narrowed towards the girdle. Princess is one of the most popular cuts in the United States after the brilliant round.
It is similar to the round diamond in sparkle and brilliance. A perfectly symmetrical oval diamond is very popular as a centre diamond piece for engagement rings and among women with small hands or short fingers as they make fingers appear slender.
Marquise is a boat-shaped modified round diamond with pointed ends. Its elongated shape makes fingers look long and slender. It is very essential to choose a diamond with perfect facet alignment to retain its brilliance.
Pear shaped diamond is shaped almost like a sparkling tear drop. It compliments hands with small or average length fingers. Elongated pear diamonds are preferably used in earrings and necklaces, while smaller pear shaped diamonds are used in rings.
This ultimate symbol of romance essentially shaped like a heart, is an ultimate gift for Valentine’s Day. A very flat diamond appears big, but lacks brilliance, while an overly deep diamond’s brilliance looks good but the diamond looks smaller than the ideal.
Emerald diamond is a step-cut diamond having a row of elongated facets (usually 48 to 50) that resembles a stair case. The flat planes of the outside edges allow for a variety of side stone shapes, except for trillions that don’t blend well with emerald.
This square or rectangular shape diamond has 70 facets that maximize the effect of its color refraction. Avoid radiant diamonds which are less deep or too deep and ones that lack life.
A cushion cut is square or rectangular in shape with rounded corners and 58 brilliant facets that resemble a pillow shape, hence the name. Cushion cut diamonds are very popular in matching pairs.
The Asscher cut is a variation of the Emerald cut except that it is square. It is characterized by a small table and large steps. Since it is cut in the same manner as the Emerald, one has to be very careful while selecting and paying for the right diamond.
B2C Jewels not only stores the traditional brilliant round Loose Diamonds but also stores the Fancy Shapes.