Loose Diamonds - Round
Also known as the Round Brilliant Cut loose diamond it is the most popular cut in the market. Researches show that 75% of the loose diamonds being sold are Round Brilliant. Round Cut Loose Diamonds can be used on a wide variety of settings.
Loose Diamonds - Princess
In 1980, two gentlemen from the LA based Ambar Company, Bezalel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz, unveiled the Princess Cut Loose Diamond. At the time, this cut was considered too 'avant garde' but it gradually won the hearts of consumers. Today, the patented Princess Cut is one of the most popular shapes used for loose diamonds.
Loose Diamonds - Heart
Some people think that the heart-shaped loose diamond cut came to existence when a jeweler noticed a flaw or an imperfection on the top of a pear-shaped diamond, and that the only way to remove that flaw is to put a cleft where the flaw is located. Maybe the cleft came about because of human error. And again, maybe this shape was made by an incurable romantic.
Loose Diamonds - Marquise
The Marquise Cut is another cutting technique that produces an unusually shaped but fascinating stone. A marquise cut, when viewed from above, has a girdle that is shaped like a boat; and like the brilliant type cut, the original cut from which it evolved from, the Marquise loose diamond has almost the same number and placement of facets.
Loose Diamonds - Asscher
The Asscher Cut Loose Diamond was unveiled in the year 1902 by the Dutch Asscher Brothers of the Asscher Diamond Company. The cut was inspired by the table cuts prevalent during the Renaissance period and was a change from the round cuts that prevailed during the 1800s. Since it closely resembles the Emerald Cut, the Asscher Cut is also known as the Square Emerald Cut.
Loose Diamonds - Emerald
The Emerald Cut is called as such because the cut is used originally for the dazzling green Emerald. An emerald cut loose diamond has a rectangular shape but the corners are cropped or truncated. The purpose of this is not merely for aesthetics but primarily to remove the potential weak points in the stone because in square or rectangular shaped gemstones.
Loose Diamonds - Pear
A pear shaped cut loose diamond can best be described as a combination of an oval or round and a marquise. At one end, it has softly rounded shoulders and these shoulders taper gradually towards a single point at the other end of the stone. Pear shaped loose diamonds often resemble a teardrop and because of the unique shape, it is quite versatile.
Loose Diamonds - Cushion
Another popular loose diamond cut is called the cushion or pillow cut which may have emerged in the 1800s when Brazil became one of the leading sources of diamonds in the market. The cushion cut was prevalent from the period 1830 until the turn of the century. There has been a resurgence of cushion cut loose diamonds in recent years.
Loose Diamonds - Radiant
About 20 years ago, a new fancy cut for loose diamonds was unveiled. This cut, called the Radiant Cut, combines dignified shape of the Emerald Cut, and the scientific cuts of round loose diamonds. Because of the way these two factors were merged to create this shape, a radiant cut diamond has the quiet simplicity of the Emerald and the brilliance and fire of Round cut gems.
Loose Diamonds - Oval
An Oval Cut loose diamond can be said to have developed from the round brilliant cut or is patterned after the round cut - only it is narrower. Some oval cut loose diamonds have the same number of facets as its predecessor, although most are have one or 2 facets less than the round. The oval diamond is sometimes referred to as an 'oval modified brilliant diamond'.
Loose Diamonds - Triangle
The trilliant cut loose diamond features a unique triangle form with three equal sides and 50 facets. This exquisite cut loose diamond maintains its own brilliance and fire. Not really intended for formal occasions like an engagement or wedding but more as a vanity purchase.