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The Beginner’s Guide to Diamonds

When it’s time to explore the range of engagement rings on offer to you, there’s usually one part of each piece of jewellery that draws the eyes of the bride-to-be. The centre stone of an engagement ring tends to be the clincher. With so many varieties in diamonds, each giving a ring its unique appearance, it can be difficult to choose the one that will perfectly mark your special occasion.

This beginner’s guide to diamonds describes some of the most popular diamonds for engagement rings. The cut grade is about how well a diamond’s facets (angles) reflect light to give it a sparkle. You’ll also want to consider a diamond’s shape to select the one that best suits you.

Round Brilliant Cut

The round brilliant cut is the most popular choice for those buying engagement rings, with around 75% of all shoppers choosing this one. It is a classic, circular shape that has been around for several centuries. For a traditional diamond that will never go out of style, opt for a round brilliant cut.

If cut correctly, it boasts perfect symmetry and impressive light-reflecting qualities. The pattern of the facets also make it better at hiding inclusions compared with some other shapes. The round shape looks beautiful on any metal and can be complemented with shoulder stones.

Princess Cut

The technical name for a princess cut is a square modified brilliant, which doesn’t conjure up the fairytale fantasy quite like the princess name does. Those that love the elegant square shape and a more modern design love this style of diamond, which was created fairly recently in 1980.

The four bevelled sides maximise brilliance, along with its 58 facets. The princess cut is the ideal diamond for a modern, stylish bride.

Emerald Cut

For the ultimate diamond in glamorous design, opt for an emerald cut. Emerald cut engagement rings are coveted by stylish Hollywood celebrities and were chosen as an engagement ring by both Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. The cut was originally used for emeralds only, but expanded in the 1950’s to be available for diamonds and other stones, too.

It’s one of the oldest, but most technical cuts. The long facets create a “hall-of-mirrors” illusion that creates dramatic flashes of light.

Oval Cut

The elongated shape of the oval cut diamond gives it its elegance, making it look beautiful on a more delicate band. It looks bigger than a circle cut, giving you a little bit more diamond for your money. The oval diamond cut is a popular choice for modern brides, as it was only created in the 1950’s. It has 58 facets so promises that fire and brilliance you get with a circle cut, just with a slightly more unique shape.

Marquise Cut

Probably the most unusual diamond cut on this list, the marquise cut gets its name from the French language, meaning “little boat”. It is a distinctive choice of diamond that is sure to get noticed. It has two pointed ends and is usually set vertically on the band, though it can also be set horizontally for a fresh, modern look.

Its origins go way back to the 18th century when King Louis XV requested that a jeweller create a diamond that mirrored the smile of his mistress.

Whether you prefer a classical, traditional diamond for your engagement ring, or you want to make a statement with a modern cut, head to the Australian Diamond Company in Melbourne. Our expert jewellers are available to present some of the most exquisite engagement rings to you.

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