TheCheapDiamonds.com has been traveling the world buying and selling diamonds for over thirty years. We love all the different diamond shapes. Our collection of diamonds include diamond certificates from laboratories including GIA, AGI and EGL. We would like to educate our consumers on the different diamond shapes discovered throughout many eras!

Modern Brilliant Cut:

During the early and mid 1900's diamond cutters discovered new machinery and technology, and the modern brilliant cut was discovered. With more brilliance and dispersion than a european cut, and possessing 58 facets, these are the mainstay of the diamond industry to this day. Round brilliant cut diamonds will have thin to thick girdles with small culets. During the 1970's and 1980's large tables were popular, yet today small tables are popular.

Cushion Cut Diamond:

The modern cushion cut was rediscovered in the 1980's. This gemstone can be rectangular or square and has the faceting of a round diamond

Princess Cut Diamonds:

Princess cut diamonds were discovered by diamond cutters in the 1980's that were looking for a different type of square cut diamond. When they mixed a round cut diamond with a square cut diamond, the princess cut diamond was discovered, and a star was born. Also called a square modified brilliant, the princess cut has 58 facets and its corners come to a point.

Radiant Cut Diamond:

Discovered by diamond cutters in the 1970's also looking for a different rectangular or emerald cut, the radiant cut diamond was born. Radiant cut diamonds are rectangular in shape and have cut corners. These are also known as cut cornered square modified brilliant.

Emerald Cut Diamond:

The emerald cut diamond is a beautiful rectangular step cut diamond whose corners have been cut. Emerald cut diamonds should have a length to width ratio of 1.30 to 1.50 mm's.

Oval Cut Diamond:

The oval cut diamond was discovered in the 1960's. This elongated gemstone with circular ends has the faceting of a round diamond. Beloved by many a Hollywood star!

Pear Cut Diamond:

Pear cut diamonds are an elongated gemstone, rounded on one end and coming to a point on the other. They have the faceting of a round cut diamond. When the actor Richard Burton gave Liz Taylor a 69.00 carat pear cut diamond the world of pear shapes was never the same!

Marquis Diamond:

The marquis diamond was discovered in the early 1900's and was also called a navette cut. Marquis diamonds are an elongated gemstone with two end points and has the faceting of a round diamond. Its popularity also rose in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's.

Final Thoughts:

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