A diamond cut, put simply, is the style or design used when shaping a diamond for polishing. This doesnt mean the shape, but rather the symmetry, proportioning and polish of the diamond all of which affect the stones brilliance. If your diamond is cut poorly, it wont sparkle or shine anywhere near as radiantly as the top quality cuts you find at respected jewellers such as Marlows Diamonds. That being said, most cuts are easily identifiable by their shape, such as the round, pear or heart diamond.
The quality of a diamond is determined by the four Cs Colour, Clarity, Cut and Carat weight. A Carat is simply is 1/5th of a gram, with the average weight for an engagement ring being about 0.37 Carats. Colour and Clarity are fairly obvious the clearer the diamond, the higher the quality; the colour really just depends on personal preference. The most important thing when buying an engagement ring is generally the cut so how do you know what cut is best for your other half?
The round brilliant diamond is the most popular diamond shape and cut, and accounts for about 75% of engagement rings sold. This is mostly because theyre the easiest to cut with the least diamond lost in the process, and actually reflect the most light for their size hence the name round brilliant. In fact, this brilliance to size ratio is the reason that princess diamonds are the second most popular cut for engagement rings. Diamonds which have an awkward shape before they are cut are often cut into something other than a round brilliant, called fancy cuts fancy really just means not round brilliant.
The first thing to consider when choosing your cut is how the ring will complement the hand wearing it. The shape of the finger will affect how the ring looks on the person wearing it, so dont expect that your grandmothers engagement ring will immediately suit your other half. People with shorter fingers tend to prefer elongated stones such as the pear, oval or marquise. By contrast, people with longer fingers tend to prefer the radiant and princess diamonds as they can make the fingers appear shorter. People with larger hands tend avoid narrow shapes like the emerald or marquise diamonds as they wont look proportional. Different cuts suit different fingers better, so its always best to try on a variety of rings to see what they look like dont just rush at your first choice.
Personality is also an important deciding factor when buying an engagement ring. If youre buying for someone whos quite traditional, go for a traditional cut like the round brilliant in a solitaire setting. If, on the other hand, youre buying or someone whos sentimental and romantic, a pink diamond in a heart shape may be better. Talk to the staff at the store the better they know the person youre shopping for, the better the match youre likely to find.
It may seem obvious, but the person youre buying for is always the most important thing to think of when buying an engagement ring. If the ring is a surprise, try to subtly examine the hand before you go shopping, and possibly bring a friend as a hand model. Think about the persons taste and lifestyle, and if they will like the same ring as you. Finally, dont be afraid to ask for help if youre at a quality jewellers like Marlows Diamonds, the expert staff will know what to look for. Use their advice and youll find a ring that both you and your other half will cherish forever.