- Radiant Cut – a popular, square diamond cut. Unlike the princess cut with its sharp edges, the radiant cut diamond has cropped corners. One of the big advantages of a radiant is that it displays a lot of sparkle and brilliance. Color and clarity grade are especially important for radiant cuts as they do not hide flaws very well and this shape enhances color in a stone. However this does also mean that this shape is a great choice for colored diamonds.
- Rough Diamond – a diamond that has not been cut and polished. At Diamond Whisperer, we only buy cut and polished diamonds, we do not purchase rough stones. It requires a high level of expertise and training to cut and polish a rough stone. Diamond cutters first examine the stone and map out how and where they will cut the stone so as to remain the maximum amount of carat weight.
- Round Brilliant Cut – the most popular diamond cut in the world. Round diamonds are very popular in engagement rings, diamond studs and many other types of jewelry. The brilliance of a round stone is what sets it apart from other diamond cuts. It is the most in demand and therefore the most valuable diamond shape. The GIA only provides cut grades for round diamonds, these range from Excellent to Poor and takes into account the specific measurements of the stone. Table %, depth %, girdle, length to width ratio and culet are all factored into the diamond’s cut grade. For a classic, timeless and elegant diamond, round shapes are a fantastic choice.