Diamond – Square Shapes
Most popular shapes cut and shapes of a diamond are Princess Cut, Radiant Cut, Emerald Cut and Asscher Cut
First created in the year 1980 in the United States, by Betzalel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz, is one of the most appreciated diamond cut of all times. After the round cut diamond, princess cut diamond is the next cut which has a perfect combination of appearance, shape and price value. Altogether a princess cut diamond has 76 facets with a fiery sparkle and brilliance. One of the valuable qualities of a princess cut diamond is that the existing inclusions are less noticeable due to its unique cutting and polishing technique, thus making it a favorite for engagement rings.
The radiant cut diamond first came into existence in the year 1980, ans is regarded as one of the newest cut in the jewelry business. This cut is a brilliant mix of both the cushion cut and princess cut diamond giving out a distinctive shape with its blunt but trimmed edges . The facets of this cut can go up-to 70 facets. The beautiful radiant cut is the best option for buyers who like the emerald cut shape, but want something with the brilliance of a round. It is considered as the best diamond shape for the uniqueness factor.
Apparently the name, “emerald cut” was developed for cutting emeralds, and not diamonds. Distinguished by its beveled corners and step facets, emerald cut is much transparent than any other shapes, which is because higher standards of clarity is needed. The emerald cut has altogether 58 facets (25 pavilion, 25 crown, and 8 girdle), and eight sides as the four “corners. It was created for showcasing emeralds, which in reality have more inclusions than diamonds, and that makes emeralds more difficult to cut. If an emerald-cut diamond is marked by an inclusion,it will be much more easily to be detected with the naked eye.
In the year 1902, the Asscher brothers of Holland, who were the famous diamond cutters of that era created the asscher cut diamond. Also called a “square emerald cut diamond” this diamond shape is a stepped square cut with cropped corners. The best part of asscher cut diamonds are the corners which makes it quite distinctive compared to other squared shaped diamonds. The pavilion of this diamond is with rectangular facets that emits perfect brilliance and the crown makes flaws which are evident to the naked eye. A finely cut asscher cut diamond has 58 facets.