The most important of the 4Cs—cut—refers to how a diamond’s facets interact with light. It is determined by symmetry, proportion and polish. More than any other factor, cut determines the beauty of the stone. If a diamond is cut poorly, it will appear dull even if it has a high color and clarity grade. If a diamond is cut well, it will reflect and refract light for maximum brightness and sparkle. Cut is the only one of the 4Cs that is affected by human hands. Two diamonds may have the same clarity, color and carat weight, but cut is what determines whether or not one is superior to the other. Put simply, cut is responsible for the quality and degree of a diamond’s sparkle.
Types of Diamond Cuts at Jai's
Round Brilliant Cut
The brilliant cut is the most popular facet arrangement. It is made of triangular and kite-shaped facets, all arranged to optimize brilliance, or light return. The round brilliant diamond, which has 57 to 58 facets, is the most brilliant of the diamond cuts. Cushion, oval, marquise, pear and heart-shaped diamonds are also cut using the brilliant faceting style and are similar to the round brilliant in degree of sparkle.
Round Cut Diamond Collection
Princess Brilliant Cut
The princess cut is one of the most brilliant diamond shapes and are a popular choice for engagement rings. A Princess Cut diamond is traditionally a square diamond that offers excellent fire and brilliance. This fancy shape diamond is designed from the inverted pyramid of the rough diamond stone. Princess cut diamonds cost less per carat than Round Cuts, because more of the rough stone is maintained during in the cutting process.
Princess Cut Diamond Collection
Emerald Step Cut
Instead of the usual brilliance and fire, emerald cuts are step cuts with a different kind of sparkle. These diamonds reflect light in a beautiful and subtle “hall of mirrors” effect. This faceting style emphasizes a diamond’s color and clarity. Although they’re one of the rarer diamond shapes, emerald-cut diamonds can be 12-42% cheaper than rounds of the same carat weight. Because of their elongated shape, emerald-cut diamonds have a slimming effect on the finger.