Let’s Get Fancy
August, 31 2017
A CONVERSATION ABOUT FANCY CUT DIAMONDS.
What are Fancy cut diamonds all about? Take a look at Pinterest and other Social Media channels – and you are bound to see many Fancy diamond shapes.
While Round Brilliant diamonds capture nearly 75% of all diamonds sold worldwide, there has been a clear resurgence in Fancy shapes. ‘Fancy’ defines any diamond cut that is outside of the ever-popular Round Brilliant – which is specifically cut with at least 58 facets to maximize brilliance and has commanded the lion share of the market over many years.
Recognizing the popularity of round diamonds, fancy cuts have often been overlooked. Interestingly, thought, the renewed interest in Fancy cuts today recognizes the desire for couples to find a diamond that blends with their personal aesthetic and, at the same time, allows for a unique, very individual and customizable statement.
While the Fancy diamond grouping includes both the Asscher and Emerald cuts that were popular in the 1920’s and 1960’s respectively, today has seen a particular resurgence in Princess, Cushion, Oval, Pear and Marquise cut diamonds.
Let’s take a look at these five Fancy’s in particular. One of these might be the perfect choice for you.
More About Fancy Cut Diamonds
PRINCESS CUT DIAMONDS
First created in the 1980’s, the Princess cut is second to the Round Brilliant in popularity. Traditionally square in shape with brilliant faceting, the Princess cut creates a completely different look and is a terrific choice when selecting an engagement ring. The Princess diamond is also quite versatile, adapting well in almost any setting or design.
PRINCESS CUT SHOWN IN AN INTRIGUE RING BY JOHN ATENCIO.
CUSHION CUT DIAMONDS
Square in shape with rounded corners, the Cushion has a softer “pillow-like” shape and appearance. While the Cushion cut has been seen for hundreds of years, the present day Cushion is very different from the Cushion of old. As a modified Brilliant cut, today’s Cushion diamonds have been refined to enhance the sparkle, brilliance and overall beauty. This speaks to the resurgence in popularity.
OVAL CUT DIAMONDS
As a modified Brilliant cut - the Oval diamond provides much of the bright appearance and sparkle that you would find in a Round Brilliant. Interestingly, the elongated shape of the Oval creates the illusion of a larger size. While the Oval may be considered a bit old-fashioned, the perfect design will work beautifully with the Oval to blend past with present to create a very individual statement.
OVAL CUT IN AN 18K YELLOW GOLD SATIN RING BY JOHN ATENCIO
MARQUISE CUT DIAMONDS
As a modified Brilliant, the Marquise (mahr-keez) is an elongated cut with a long narrow profile. Similar to the Oval, a Marquise diamond maximizes carat-weight - creating an illusion of a much larger diamond. On a carat to carat comparison it is a great choice. It can also be an economical choice. Covering the greatest surface area of any diamond shape, the Marquise can be worn in many different ways – including lengthwise along the finger - or east-west across the finger. We have showcased the Satin Ring Design in Yellow, White and Rose Gold in a Marquise, Oval and Pear to really highlight the different ‘customized’ looks that can be achieved.
MARQUISE CUT IN AN 18K WHITE GOLD SATIN RING BY JOHN ATENCIO
PEAR CUT DIAMONDS
Beautiful in its elongated teardrop shape, Pear cut diamonds are an excellent alternative to a Round Brilliant, particularly in a solitaire or single halo setting. Importantly, the Pear cut needs to be well proportioned. In keeping with the 4c’s, the Pear shaped diamond should have very good to excellent symmetry, with the point lining up with the middle of the rounded end. The upper and lower curves should also be symmetrical. We take great pride in finding the perfect diamond to fit your needs. Each is responsibly sourced and ethically mined.
PEAR CUT IN AN 18K ROSE GOLD SATIN RING BY JOHN ATENCIO
FASHION AND FANCY’S
Fancy cut diamonds have mirrored fashion throughout history. From the 1950’s, Fancy cuts were the choice diamond. Grace Kelly was proposed to in 1956 with an Emerald cut engagement ring by Prince Rainer III. The ring, and the fairytale wedding, was much publicized and helped to spur the growth and popularity of the Emerald cut diamond and brought other Fancy’s to the forefront as well. The Emerald diamond came to represent ‘old money’ and glamour. The 1980’s saw a rise in Princess-cut diamonds, coincident with big hair and the ‘bigger is better’ attitude. Today, Cushion cut diamonds are a nice, unconventional choice as the faceting and brilliance have improved to come close to the round brilliant.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE 4 C’S
Don’t forget about the 4c’s when choosing a Fancy cut diamond. Carat, cut, color and clarity are all key considerations when choosing a Round Brilliant diamond or one of any shape. The diamond, the design and the craftsmanship work in perfect harmony to create that unique and personal statement.