Beyond the Round Brilliant- looking at fancy shaped diamonds in the O’Reilly’s April sale.

Beyond the Round Brilliant- looking at fancy shaped diamonds in the O’Reilly’s April sale.

12 May

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Emerald cuts are loved for their symmetry. Crisp and clean, this rectangular cut of diamond sparkles in an entirely different way to a round brilliant and will appeal to anyone who loves a contemporary look. Emerald cuts tend to need to have better clarity that their round counterparts – with less facets, there are fewer places for inclusions to hide. When it comes to rings, they are often found as solitaires, although they look particularly dazzling when flanked by more diamonds, often baguettes, emerald or trillion cuts, either side.

Lot 241; Emerald cut solitaire; 6.30 ct, H Colour, SI1 clarity

Cushion cuts offer all the sparkle of a round brilliant, but with a slightly more square or rectangular profile. Their outline is still gently rounded, however. They are really the modern incarnation of the Old Mine or European cut – the predecessor to the round brilliant – and many find that this cut has all the aesthetic appeal of a vintage stone, but with modern proportions and precision of cut.

Lot 201; Cushion cut solitaire 5.10 ct, I colour, VS2 clarity

Lot 246; Cushion Cut solitaire 4.05 ct, H colour, SI1 clarity

 

Radiant cuts are a modern invention – they first came to the market in the 1970s. The angled corners are a notable feature of this cut, but their main draw is that they offer the perfect balance for those who want the sharp symmetry of a square or rectangle, but with all the fire and brilliance of a stone with more facets than a classic emerald cut.

Lot 155; Radiant cut solitaire 1.72 ct, J – K colour, SI1 clarity