In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the diamond cuts that fit into the “elongated” category. Desirable among many buyers for the way these stones often appear larger on the hand, there are several different diamond cuts that would fall into this grouping – and it’s important to understand the difference between cut and shape here, which we went over in part one.
At AAA Jewelers, we offer a wide variety of diamond styles for engagement rings, wedding rings and various other fashion jewelry items. In today’s part two, let’s dive into a few other options when it comes to elongated diamond cuts, including a few unique choices you may not have heard about or considered in the past.
For those looking for an elongated piece that comes with a pillow-like aesthetic and maintains a larger appearance, the cushion cut is often a great choice. Cushion cuts do well in a variety of setting formats, a strong positive that makes them a versatile option in many different ring choices.
In addition, cushion cuts are perfect for those looking for vintage jewelry, which has made a big impact on the market in recent years. Cushion cuts are something of a combination between round and oval-shaped diamonds, with large facets that produce fantastic brilliance from the stone.
Speaking of the oval cut, it’s also commonly used as an elongated shape. This form was first pioneered back in 1957, with a large surface area and just short of 60 separate facets for brilliance. The equal proportions of oval cuts are popular elements for many people, particularly for engagement rings.
Pear cuts, on the other hand, are a combination of round and Marquise cut diamonds. They’re also sometimes referred to as “teardrop” diamond cuts in some circles. For those with the proper finger and hand dimensions, both oval and pear cuts often serve as ideal elongated shapes that help you get additional visual value out of an affordable stone.
Finally, there’s the hybrid step cut, which is something of a combination of the emerald, radiant and cushion cuts we’ve gone over previously. This is a diamond that comes with rounded edges like a cushion cut, but has the open facet format of an emerald cut – plus just a trace of sparkle similar to the radiant cut. While hybrid step cuts tend to be a bit rarer on the market, top diamond experts like ours are often able to source them and make them available to clients.