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Monday, 11 November 2013

Various shapes of diamonds

Diamonds are forever. A girl’s best friend. A gift for someone you love. These are all timeless statements that extol the virtues of a hunk of ever humble carbon, that withstands millions of years of pressure, and then crystallizes into a statement of luxury, extravagance and sheer class.

In the first part of our series, we catalogued some of the world’s favourite cuts or shapes of diamonds. This part will further explain why the world is gaga for some particular, diamond shapes. We will try to understand a little bit about the history of these particular cuts and also their use in a particular item of covetousness, i.e. their use in specific pieces of jewelry. So without further ado, here’s the next set of the World’s most favourite shapes!

Oval Diamonds:

Created by noted jeweller Lazare Kaplan in the 1960s, oval diamonds are a modified brilliant-cut , which means they have facets that are mostly triangular or kite shaped, and that radiate from the center.

They possess a fire and brilliance and fire very similar to round diamonds and are a real favourite among jewelers, who use them to craft exceptional  rings, solitaire pendants and the like. Stunning diamond solitaire rings are a unique statement of love and have adorned the ring fingers of celebrities like Blake Lively, Sandra Bullock and Salma Hayek.
Oval Diamond Ring

Preferences vary on how narrow or fat an oval cut diamond should be, though the accepted length to width ratio is generally 1.35 to 1, by the rule of thumb say most craftsmen.

Marquise Diamonds:

The story of the Marquise Diamond is a romantic, if slightly twisted one. It is said that King Louis XIV of France was in love with a noblewoman, the Marquise of Pompadour. The lovestruck monarch is said to have commissioned a diamond that was shaped after his beloved’s exquisitely perfect mouth! The rest as they say is history… cute or bizarre ? You decide!Either way the Marquise Diamond has become a firm favourite with diamond connoisseurs the world over.
Marquise Diamond Ring

A rugby football shaped, brilliant cut diamond, that tapers sharply at its extremities, is said to be a perfect Marquise diamond. Because marquise diamonds are long and narrow, they can also create the illusion of greater size. Carat for carat, the marquise diamond has one of the largest crown surface areas of any diamond shape, making it a good choice when trying to maximize the perceived size of a diamond. Like the oval diamond, the marquise cut diamond's elongated shape can make the finger of the wearer appear longer and slimmer. This is very same reason why engagement rings made with Marquise diamonds are so much in demand.

Pear shaped Diamonds:
The best way to describe a Pear shaped diamond would be to  call it the love child of an oval and Marquise diamond. Quite simply because a pear shaped diamond combines in it the shapeliness and characteristics of both the oval and Marquise diamonds.

Broad on one end, with a tapered opposite end, defines these brilliant-cut diamonds. This characteristic makes this diamond quite a versatile shape to use in the creation of exquisite rings or solitaire pendants.

A handy tip to remember when choosing such a diamond shape would be to remember that  a pear shaped diamond should possess excellent or very good symmetry. The point should line up with the apex of the rounded end. The shoulders and wings (the upper and lower curves on the right and left side of the diamond) should form uniform, symmetrical curves, with no straight edges. That’s when you know you have a ‘real gem’ on your hands!


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