Stone Cuts

Diamonds and semi-precious stones are cut into a variety of shapes, below is a list of some of the shapes used in the FEU Diamonds range.

Round Brilliant Cut DiamondRound Brilliant

The round brilliant cut is by far the most popular shape used today, with over 100years of research to identify the best way to show off a diamonds fire and brilliance. The modern brilliant cut consists of 58 facets which are precisely angled to best reflect the light through the stone, today computers
are used to determine the best way to cut a stone to give it perfect symmetry.

Princess Cut DiamondPrincess Cut

The Princess cut was first developed in the 1960’s, the idea was to create a diamond cut that would reduce the amount of waste when cutting and the princess cut does this reducing the waste to 20%.
The princess cut is square with sharp pointed corners and with it modern clean lines, this cut is appreciated for its symmetry and precision.

Emerald Cut

Emerald Cut Diamond

The emerald cut as the name would suggest was a cut originally used for the emeralds, it was soon discovered that the emerald cut was suitable for other stones,  including diamonds.
Usually rectangular in shape, step facets are cut along the length and width of the stone and the corners are cut off to protect the stone from chipping.
The emerald cut diamond is less fiery then other cuts, but it is stunning in its own right due to broader more dramatic flashes of light.

Marquise Cut DiamondMarquise Cut

The marquise cut was first commissioned by King Louis XV of France who wanted a diamond to reflect the beautiful shape of the mouth of his mistress Marquise De Pompodour.
An elongated shape with pointed ends a marquise diamond can make your finger appear longer and more slender, usually use for engagement rings but also looks stunning enhanced with brilliant cuts as a cluster or three stone.
These diamonds are bright and shiny in appearance as its facets usually span the length of the stone

Oval Cut

Oval Cut Diamond

The oval cut was created in the 1960’s by Lazare Kaplan and due to its breath taking design he also got inducted into the Jewellers International Hall of Fame.
The oval cut diamond has the beautiful brilliance similar to a round brilliant cut, which makes the oval cut the ideal selection for someone who loves the sparkle but desires a more unusual shape.

Pear Cut DiamondPear Cut

The pear cut is a hybrid of the marquise cut and round brilliant cut, often referred to as a “teardrop or drop shape”.
The pear cut is a spectacular cut with lots of wonderful fire and sparkle, well used in earrings and pendants, but the elegant lines lend a sophisticated air to the simplest or most elaborate of settings.

Asscher Cut

The Asscher cut was created in 1902 by Joseph Asscher, and was later re cut in 2001 to make the royal asscher cut. The asscher is designed to bring out the inner fire of the stone with its crown to enhance the sparkle.
Asscher cuts are traditionally used  as engagement rings or in pendants and earrings.
But the best way to show off a asscher cut stone is in an open mount which allows the light to flow freely through it.

Radiant Cut

In 1977 Henry Grossbard created the radiant cut, he did this by using 70 facets to create the brilliance of a round brilliant cut but with the shape of the emerald and assher cuts. The normal cut of a radiant is rectangle with the corners cut off.
The radiant looks beautiful as an engagement ring or set with a brilliant cut either side.

Cushion Cut

This is one of the oldest stone cuts, first used in the early 1800’s and the modern cushion cut still rings true to its heritage combining  the Old Miner Cut and the modern oval cut of the diamond. The cushion cut has 58 facets which bring the stone to life and release its inner sparkle.
This cut has had a revival in the early part of the 21st century which shows a real classic never goes out of fashion.
Some of the most famous stones and largest stones in the world are cushion cut including the 42ct Blue Hope Diamond and the 423ct Logan Sapphire which is in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.