When considering a diamond ring, a top priority for many is the way they stone will look on the finger and hand it will be worn on. Many buyers prefer a stone that looks as large as possible on the hand, and a category that’s often prioritized here is a broad one known as elongated diamonds.
At AAA Jewelers, we offer a wide range of stunning GIA diamonds for everything from engagement rings and wedding rings to fashion jewelry and other areas. There are several specific diamond cuts that fit into the “elongated” category – and it’s also important for buyers to understand how cut differs from shape when making this choice. In this two-part blog, we’ll go over these important differences plus several distinct cuts that are often top choices for those looking for elongated stone appearance.
For starters, while some in the jewelry world mistakenly use the words cut and shape to refer to the same thing, this is a mistake you should avoid. Shape of a diamond speaks to its broad outline – common shapes for diamond stones are round, pear or even hearts in some cases.
On the other hand, cut is a very different element. It speaks to the way a diamond’s individual facets are arranged within the stone, factors that are in part determined by the scientific makeup of the diamond.
For the diamonds we’ll go over from here on out in this series, we’ll assume a basic square shape. However, know that you will likely have options in terms of changing this shape if you desire.
The emerald cut is one of the most timeless, enduring diamond cuts on the market, maintaining popularity for decades without so much as a dip. Emerald cut diamonds come with step cut faceting (the planes appear similar to steps), which means they tend to have extremely high clarity and are often virtually completely clear.
A cut option that saw a major surge in popularity during 2019, the radiant cut is similar to an emerald cut, only with a very different pattern. Radiant cut diamonds are meant to return much higher quantities of light, with 70 distinct facets that provide a brilliant light reflection on any of its stones. Radiant cut stones also come with an even, crisp sparkle, plus tend to look larger on the hand. One tip: Ensure you check the GIA report on your radiant cut diamond to confirm that facets extend directly from the diamond’s outer edge (girdle) to the bottom tip (cutlet).
For more on various elongated diamond formats you might consider, or to learn about any of our diamond jewelry, speak to the staff at AAA Jewelers today.