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What is an Ashoka-Cut Diamond?

When it comes to rare and exclusive stones, it’s hard to find one more impressive than an Ashoka-cut diamond. A modified cushion-cut, an Ashoka diamond is expensive, extravagant and nearly flawless, and likely only found on fingers of the elite. Known for its distinctive, trademarked cut and dazzling facets, this is a stunning choice for […]

July 3, 2023

What is a Modern Brilliant Cut Diamond?

A brilliant cut is a type of diamond cut characterized by its multiple facets, which are designed to maximize the stone’s sparkle, fire, and scintillation. The modern brilliant cut has been hundreds of years in the making, and is one of the most popular and widely used diamond cuts which can be used for stones […]

April 24, 2023

What is a Transitional Cut Diamond?

Transitional cut diamonds bridged the gap in the 1930’s and 1940’s between the handcut chunkier facets of old mine and European cut diamonds. Rather than being cut to sparkle in candlelight as their predecessors, the transitional cut’s focus was on symmetry and uniformity, and paved the way for the precision of today’s modern round brilliant, […]

April 18, 2023

What is a European Cut Diamond?

Evolved from the old mine diamond cut which was popular in the late 18th century, the old European diamond cut was common during the Art Deco period in the 1920’s and 1930’s. European cuts are round, unlike the old mine cuts which are square, but both shapes were cut and polished by hand and have […]

April 10, 2023

What is an Old Mine Cut Diamond?

Old mine cut diamonds have a soft and beautiful appearance that dates back to an era when stones were cut and polished by hand. These diamonds have a squarish shape, smaller table, and curved edges, resembling a modern cushion-cut with a vintage touch. They were designed to sparkle by candlelight and shine in a different […]

April 3, 2023

How to Wear a Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

The most common way to wear a pear shaped engagement ring is to have the top of the stone pointing upwards towards your fingertips and the round bottom pointing towards your hand creating a teardrop shape. Some choose to wear their ring with the pointed end down, and others may opt to set their stone […]

January 4, 2023

How Many Carats Should an Engagement Ring Be?

In the United States, the national average for an engagement ring is around one carat, however there is no “correct” size or amount to spend on an engagement ring. Ultimately, the perfect engagement ring is the one that you like wearing and meets your budget and lifestyle. What is the Ideal Carat Size for an […]

December 29, 2022

What is a Radiant Cut Diamond?

A radiant cut diamond combines an emerald or Asscher step-cut with a round brilliant to produce one of the most dazzling square or rectangular shapes available. Even though it’s a relatively new shape, the radiant is an excellent choice for an engagement ring that has incredible brilliance and fire that’s more affordable than other brilliant […]

December 15, 2022

What is a Round Cut Diamond?

Round diamonds are the most popular diamond shape for engagement rings. They are perfectly symmetrical and timelessly beautiful, with 58 sparkling facets, making them a brilliant cut. Modern round cut diamonds are based on generations of research intent on creating a shape designed for ultimate brilliance. What is a Round Cut Diamond? In 1919 Belgian […]

November 25, 2022

What is a Heart Cut Diamond?

As a universal and timeless symbol of romance and love, the meaning behind a heart shaped diamond is crystal clear, making it a special alternative to more common diamond cuts. This shape can be used for an engagement ring, as well as for other special pieces of jewelry including necklaces and earrings.  What is a […]

November 4, 2022

What is an Oval Cut Diamond?

As the name suggests, an oval shaped diamond is a symmetrical, elongated rounded shape with high brilliance and sparkle. This fancy shape is a popular and lovely choice for an engagement ring and lends itself well to all sorts of settings including a simple solitaire, halo or three stone. Let’s learn more about this elegant […]

October 13, 2022

What is a Trillion Diamond?

A trillion cut diamond, also called a trilliant cut, is a stone that has been cut into a triangular shape. While they’re most commonly used as side stones in engagement rings, the trillion makes for a distinct solitaire if you’re looking for something more unique. In addition to accent stones, the trillion is also a […]

August 8, 2022