You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
Think about the first time you caught a glimpse of your partner, and it took your breath away.
The cut of the gemstones set in jewelry create the mood for the whole piece.
It’s what creates that “WOW” factor. It’s the most important of the 4 C’s.
But what is a ‘cut’? Is it a shape? Not exactly. The GIA explains the difference between the two as follows:
“A cut is the arrangement of facets needed to create an attractive face-up appearance.
The shape is the outline of a diamond in a face up position. Round is the most used shape diamond jewelry. All other outlines are known as fancy shapes.”
Why does something as simple as the cut affect the look so much?
The cut of the gemstone isn’t just about the shape. The cut also encompasses the overall craftsmanship of the cutting process. The ending shape and its overall proportions (from top to bottom and all the way around the stone) are one part of the GIA cut grading system. The other part includes the effects of polish and symmetry on the gem’s final appearance.
The GIA found that all parameters were interrelated in their effects on how light performs inside the gemstones. The good news is, there is no single proportion that could be considered by itself when judging diamond appearances. They found a wide range of proportions that have the potential to create that “WOW” factor in jewelry.
The style or feeling you want the stone to give off should determine which cutting style is best suited for your partner's desires. The top 5 most popular stone cuts are round, princess, cushion, emerald, and marquise, with oval closely behind at number 6.
Between classic, modern, flashy, or stately, the perfect cut is waiting for you to pick out for your loved one.