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Fancy Cut Diamonds

Based on our extensive research and collaboration with various cutters and laboratories, Mavilo has created charts to easily identify the standard proportions for ideal and premium cuts for common fancy shapes. Most jewelers are not able to provide you with this information, but we believe in sharing our knowledge and research, so that you can make an informed decision. Scroll down to see a brief description and the chart for each common fancy shape.

The Princess Diamond

The Princess Cut is the most popular non-round diamond shape. Prized for its high degree of light return, comparable to a round brilliant cut, the Princess Cut has a distinctive square or rectangular shape with pointed corners. Most commonly seen with a 50 facet pattern (21 on the crown, 4 on the girdle, and 25 on the pavilion), it can also be found with 58 facets (21 on the crown, 4 on the girdle, and 33 on the pavilion.)


 

The Cushion Diamond

The Cushion Cut shape has evolved over the years, and standards vary widely, ranging from nearly square to rectangular, with varying size tables and depth percentages. Also referred to as pillow-cut diamonds, Cushion Cuts have rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance, and are usually seen on larger stones to maximize these effects. Cushion diamonds are a very old cut, and you will often see them in period antique jewelry.


 

 

The Radiant Diamond

The Radiant Cut is available in square and rectangular shapes, with truncated corners. Also referred to as the cut corner rectangular modified brilliant, or cut corner square modified brilliant, the Radiant Cut combines the classic elegance of the traditional Emerald Cut shape with the sparkle of a brilliant cut. Most commonly seen with a 62 facet pattern (25 on the crown, 8 on the girdle and 29 on the pavilion), it can also be found with 70 facets (25 on the crown, 8 on the girdle and 37 on the pavilion.)


 

 

The Emerald Diamond

The Emerald Cut is typically a rectangular shape, and is a step cut, rather than a brilliant cut, with cropped corners to minimize chipping. Step cuts are comprised of larger facets that act like mirrors and resemble a staircase. Instead of a culet, step cut stones have a keel running the length of the pavilion. Most commonly seen with a 58 facet pattern (25 on the crown, 8 on the girdle and 25 on the pavilion), Emerald Cuts show less fire than brilliant cuts, but are a classic and elegant statement.


 

The Asscher Diamond

The Asscher Cut is a rectilinear step cut, similar to a square Emerald Cut but with more depth and a smaller table. Its deeply cut, truncated corners render an almost octagonal outline and produce a “hall of mirrors” effect as your eye is drawn deep into the heart of the diamond. Most commonly seen with a 58 facet pattern (25 on the crown, 8 on the girdle and 25 on the pavilion), the Asscher Cut has brilliant light and fire compared to other square-shaped diamonds.


 

The Oval Diamond

The Oval Cut has all of the radiance and fire of the round brilliant cut, but with a more unique, elliptical shape. Most commonly seen with a 56 facet pattern (32 on the crown and 24 on the pavilion), the Oval Cut does require a six-pronged setting, so keep that in mind as you do your research.


 

The Pear Diamond

The Pear cut is a combination of the round and marquise brilliant cuts, with a pear or teardrop silhouette. Most commonly seen with a 56 facet pattern (33 on the crown and 23 on the pavilion), the Pear shape is a fiery cut that has been chosen to bring out the brilliance of some of the most important diamonds in the world.


 

The Marquise Diamond

The Marquise Cut is a variation of the standard brilliant cut with an unusual football or boat shape. Legend has it that Louis XVI requested that a stone be cut to the shape of the Marquise de Pompadour.s lovely mouth, and so this inspired shape was born. Most commonly seen with a 58 facet pattern (33 on the crown and 25 on the pavilion,) the Marquise Cut has a large surface area, resulting in a diamond that appears larger when compared to other cuts at the same carat weight.