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Diamond Cut

EMERALD VS CUSHION CUT DIAMOND:

Emerald cuts have a glassy, understated elegance to them while cushion cuts have a softer, more modern look. Cushion cuts will exhibit more brilliance and are the more popular cut. Emerald cuts cater to someone looking for a classy, timeless look.

Emerald Diamond Cut

Emerald cuts are rectangular.The Emerald cut has step- like facets, trimmed corners, larger, open table shape They produce a hall-of-mirrors effect, with the interplay of light and dark planes.
Setting Style: Emerald cuts look fantastic in elegant tapered baguette style settings. Emerald cuts go well with solitaire and simple pave settings, and are perfect for three stone settings.

Advantages:

Look for:

  • Depth: 60% to 69% (under 65% is relatively hard to find) you don’t need any built-up depth to maintain brilliance, you should go as low as possible in terms of depth
  • Table: 61% to 67%
  • Girdle thin to slightly thick.
  • The classic emerald cut diamond has a length to width ratio of around 1.50
  • VS2 Clarity for the best value
  • Color D-F
  • suited for diamonds which have the superior clarity and color

Disadvantage:

  • This shape highlights the clarity of a diamond. If you choose an emerald-cut diamond with a lower clarity grade, such as SI, be sure to review the clarity plot on the diamond certificate to judge the visibility of the inclusions.
  • Overlap between a Classic Asscher-cut and Square Emerald shape, you should go for Asscher-Cut diamond.

Cushion Diamond Cut

A cushion cut diamond is a squared shape with rounded corners. The shape resembles a pillow and hence its name. About 200 years old, cushion cut retains its popularity.

Advantages:

  • If you’re looking for a halo setting, the cushion cut works especially well and is extremely popular. G-H-I color is good
  • Cushion cuts combine the energy of a round brilliant with the symmetry of a radiant cut.
  • Option to choose from crushed ice diamond cut (shattered glass) or antique cushion cut (chunky)
  • Cushion cut diamonds tend to be about 25% less expensive than their round cut.

Look for:

  • Table width percentage between 55% - 65%
  • Depth percentage between 61%-68%
  • GIA or AGS grading report
  • Thick girdle and bezel setting

Disadvantage:

Slightly less sparkly than round cuts. Larger facets can show clarity inclusions so make sure to judge with your eye and examine the certificate’s diamond plot.
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