Diamond – Fancy Shapes
Most fancy shapes of a diamond are Heart shape, Marquise shape and Pear shape.
Heart shaped diamond is regarded as the symbol of love and one of the most romantic and famous shape of all times. In the year 1562, Queen of Scots had sent Queen Elizabeth a gold ring which had a heart shaped diamond and since then this shape came into existence. Since it was assumed as a unique and difficult cut, these diamonds had to be shaped with shaping tools and thus heart shaped diamonds were considered very valuable and artistic. Altogether a heart shaped diamond has 58 facets. It is similar to a pear-cut diamond, differentiated by two rounded edges and a cleft at the top.
In the late 18th century, King Louis XV designed a diamond shape and instructed his artisans to create diamond shape that resembled the lips of his lover Marquise de Popadour. Since, then the cut is called the Marquise cut.This artistic shaped diamond creates a lot of drama and grace with their long and narrow shape. This shape has a brilliant 58 facets and has the widest crown surface compared to any other diamond shapes. Marquise shaped diamonds are widely used for engagement rings and very popular among the masses. The unique shape of this diamond shape creates an illusion of long and slender fingers.
The pear shaped diamond also known as the tear shaped diamond was invented in Belguim by a polisher named Lodewyk Van Berquem in the year 1458. One of the amazing features of this diamond shape is that it has no table or culet or edge. It resembles a tear and can be called as half-oval with its pointed edge at one end and circular edge on the other. This diamond shape have 58 facets and are created for maximum brilliance. It is best voted for engagement rings as it creates a slimming effect on the finger.