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Unique Fancy Diamond Shapes

If you are looking for a statement diamond that will create a unique engagement ring, earrings, pendant or other piece of diamond jewelry, then you may wish to consider one of the many unusual Fancy Diamond Shapes.

Fancy Diamond Shapes are an excellent choice for those who like to set the trend, yet still value the timeless elegance of diamonds. Here at Reve Diamonds we offer a wide variety of Fancy Diamond Shapes, and we hope that this short guide will help you decide which, if any, of these diamond shapes will be the perfect choice for your treasured purchase.

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Flanders Cut diamonds are a relatively new diamond cut being created by a gemologist in 1983. It was polished for the very first time in 1987 by a small diamond polishing factory located in Antwerp hence its name which reflects this northern region of Belgium – Flanders. Flanders Cut diamonds have 61 stunning facets which mean that this cut takes one third more time to cut than, for example, the Round Brilliant Cut. Flanders Cut diamonds are renowned for their stunning brilliance and the facets need to be perfectly positioned to ensure that the diamond catches the light to maximize sparkle. The deep pavilion of Flanders Cut diamonds improve reflection of light within the diamond and the upper facets on the crown enhance the diamonds fire. Together these factors produce an absolutely diamond full of sparkle and fire.

Baguette Cut diamonds are a very popular choice as accent stones within engagement, eternity or wedding rings because they are usually a smaller cut of diamond. They are part of the Step Cut family, which also includes Asscher and Emerald cut diamonds. One of the defining features of the Step Cut family is clearly defined straight facets which means that they have a very different appearance to Round Cut diamonds, and they exhibit with less brilliance and sparkle. A Baguette Cut diamond is generally seen as an elongated, thin, rectangular shaped diamond generally having a length to width ratio of 5:1, but they can also be found as almost square in shape. Baguette Cuts have 14 facets, a far lower number than other diamond cuts and their are perfectly square. Tapered Baguette Cut diamonds are a hybrid of the Baguette Cut. They have more facets which gives them more sparkle and brilliance, and have long sides that angle inwards meaning that the diamond ‘tapers’ to become smaller at one end.

Kite Cut diamonds also known as Lozenge Cut diamonds are one of the oldest of the fancy cut diamond shapes. They emerged during the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s as their geometric shape was well suited to the jewelry of this era. Kite Cut diamonds are now primarily seen as accent stones as they have an innate ability to complement and add elegance to a centerpiece diamond without stealing the limelight. Kite Cut diamonds have once again increased in popularity in recent years perhaps due to their contemporary shape being an elongated structure with four distinct lines – kite shape as it’s name suggests. They are a step cut with brilliant cut faceting and are available in a wide variety of length to width ratios meaning that some Kite Cut diamonds are long and slender whilst others are short and wide.

Star Cut diamonds were created by the combination of traditional Indian tools and modern technology. It took two years to research and develop this cut and it was pioneered by the Digico Group. Star Cut diamonds have an amazing 86 facets which maximize the fire and brilliance of these diamonds and generally these diamonds range from 0.05 to 2 carats.

Half Moon Cut diamonds, also referred to as Demilune, exhibit the profile of half an oval or round diamond with one straight edge and one side curved – like an actual half crescent moon. Half Moon Cut diamonds are a very popular choice as side stones to accent diamonds in a ring setting and look particularly amazing alongside Cushion Cut diamonds. They were originally cut from broken round and oval diamonds which was a great use of diamonds that would otherwise of been discarded as waste. Today, Half Moon Cut diamonds are in such demand that diamond cutters actually cut them from whole rough diamonds and they are sold as matched pairs for side stones. Like many elongated diamond shapes, Half Moon Cut diamonds can exhibit the bow tie effect dark shadow if not cut correctly. However, when perfectly cut a Half Moon Cut will display sparkle and brilliance throughout the diamond.

Trapezoid Cut diamonds resemble a triangle with an end removed. They are a four sided shaped with the top and bottom sides parallel, and the other sides slanting inwards. Trapezoid Cut diamonds were originally seen as a Step Cut, but recently Brilliant Cut Trapezoid diamonds have become more popular. This is due to the increased demand for Princess and Radiant cut diamonds alongside which Trapezoid diamonds look stunning as accent stones. Due to the larger surface area of Trapezoid Cut diamonds they add far more sparkle as a side stone than a Baguette Cut diamond does and due to having a short end, they are more popular than Trillion Cuts as they do not extend down between the fingers.

Bullet Cut diamonds are quite a new cut within the diamond world. They are evocative of the Art Deco period and look stunning as side stones within pieces of vintage inspired jewelry, but are also versatile enough to sit well within more contemporary pieces. Bullet Cut diamonds are part of the Step Cut family, and as their name suggests they are shaped like a bullet with three sides having straight lines that form part of a square with the fourth side being pointed with a sharp edge. The Tapered Bullet Cut has cut corners on the three lines that are reminiscent of an Emerald Cut.

Hexagonal Cut diamonds offer a vintage look with a modern twist. They are an unusual shape and a rarity in comparison to some of the more popular fancy diamond shapes. This is possibly because few Hexagonal diamonds are cut so making them more desirable. Hexagonal Cut diamonds, as their name suggests, have 6 sides and are step faceted like Asscher Cut diamonds which helps them to display an increased brilliance and fire. They can be cut symmetrically or with a greater length to width ratio depending on the desired shape. Table size can vary in Hexagonal Cut diamonds but the vast majority feature a stepped pavilion and pointed culet.

The shape of Shield Cut diamonds is very much like that of a warrior’s shield from where the name for them comes. Shield Cut diamonds are very unique and are one of the Step Cut family with the most similar cut being the Triangle Cut. They are of a triangular shape with a bowed top side and two bowed edges on the other sides. Shield Cut diamonds are most usually used as accent stones with the wide end next to the centerpiece diamond and the pointed end running down the shank of the engagement, wedding or eternity ring. This cut of diamond is very versatile and is also seen in other pieces of diamond jewelry such as drop earrings or pendants. Shield Cuts are becoming increasingly popular as not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but can be seen as representing the protection of a loved one with their shield shape

Crisscut diamonds are a rarity possessing unusual and unique faceting that ‘criss cross’ each other hence the name of the cut. This cut was first created in 1998 by Christopher Slowinski. It was borne from a total mistake that Slowinski made when attempting to cut an Emerald shaped diamond. He cut into the diamond by mistake and created the unique texture that is now known as the Crisscut diamond. The beauty of Crisscut diamonds is that they are exceptionally brilliant with great fire which is largely due to the fact that they are cut with 77 facets. Slowinski discovered that by modifying the proportions and facets of the diamond at precise angles and sizes, this increased the surface area of the diamond so resulting in a whiter, increased brighter diamond. This factor also works to make the diamond look double its size when compared to other diamond cuts of the same carat weight.

Calf Cut diamonds are a modified Trapezoid shape that has an additional fifth side as opposed to the classic four-sided Trapezoid. This makes for a very distinctive, interesting and effective diamond particularly when used as an accent stone. The Calf Cut draws its name from its striking resemblance to the head of two calves. These diamonds are generally Brilliant Cut, but can also be found as Step Cut with six sides. Calf diamonds make a very versatile side stones due to the fact that they can be used with many different shapes of center diamonds.