(Closed) Diamond cuts?

posted 14 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
71 posts
Worker bee

My Fiance and I had a 2 hour consulation with a jeweler and he explained absolutely everything about rings; which helped me decide what I wanted for my rings.  We were not pressured to purchase that day either (okay, maybe a little) but it was easy to leave because Fiance said he didn’t want to buy the ring with me there.  If your Fiance is willing to go to a jeweler for a lesson I recommend it, we had a lot of fun and all of our ring questions were answered.

Post # 4
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hm, well when sending my fiance ideas, I knew I wanted something different from a round brilliant, classic tiffany setting. I wanted more of my personality in the ring.

Ultimately, he chose the Tiffany’s Novo cut himself, because they combined a cushion cut (squared but with rounded corners) with a round brilliant, meaning it sparkles a lot more than a square or emerald cut.

I hope that helps!


Post # 5
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

i suggest doing a bit research over at http://www.pricescope.com
you can check out the boards over there and see lots of various options out there. everyone is very friendly and very helpful 🙂

Post # 6
5 posts

my husband went to a bunch of jewelers and talked to them and looked at diamonds. he wanted somethings that was cut well (sparkles more) and with the least imperfects and the clearest color.

 he ended up surprising me with a round cut in a tiffany setting (from a private jeweler) that is beautiful. and sparkles so much. i know that the color (from yellow-ish to crystal clear), the type of cut means a lot..there’s grades and classes e, a? or something. that’s how a big diamond could actually be not as expensive because it might have a lot of imperfections, while a normal sized super sparkly one must be pretty expensive cuz its clear, cut and lack of imperfections. good luck!

Post # 7
173 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve heard you should check out http://www.pricescope.com, which is a good diamond info resource.

That being said, I think you need to determine which of the 4 C’s are most important to you.

 For example, if you’re going for a silver (platinum/white gold) setting, color will matter more than in a yellow gold setting because slight yellowishness will show up more. Though until you get down to about H color, (it starts from D and goes to L or M or something) most people can’t tell the difference between color grades unless the stones are side by side. So you can sacrifice color up to a point and still get a gorgeous stone.

Cut is important for sparkliness. I think it’s probably one of the more important factors for maximum impact. You want to get as good a cut and symmetry as you can, I think.

Clarity is important, but again only up to a point. I mean, sure it’s nice to know that your stone is near-flawless, but until you get down past SI 2 or so, no one will be able to tell just by looking at it. And if the flaw can be arranged so it’s under a prong of your setting, so much the better.

And of course, Carat weight. That’s entirely up to you. The better the cut, the better balance of sparkliness and area you’ll get for your dollar (a wide, badly cut stone will look bigger but will be flatter and less sparkly), but look at your budget and go for weights just under the big round numbers. 0.95 carat stones cost a lot less than 1 carat stones.

Good luck!


Post # 8
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Where do you live? We went to Robin’s Brothers (Southwest) and tried on a TON of different rings. They basically gave us a lesson on rings. I’m so glad I did, at first I really wanted a princess cut (basically the same as you described) but its looked weird on my finger. We went with a round one instead. We didn’t buy from Robin’s Bro’s (he found an excellent deal online) but we almost did. the prices are reasonable and the service is great.

If you are looking ot save serious cash check out http://www.shenoadiamonds.com/

My Fi called them and negotiated the price down. he got it appriased by an independent firm and they quoted it was worth 5 times more than what he bought it for.

Post # 9
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Check out bluenile.com about the different cuts.

I wanted a round brilliant because I’m very traditional (read: boring) and that one also offers the most brilliance/fire due to its symmetry.

So, here I am…! 


I also really fancy the emerald cut and I am looking to start mining for that one as a pushing present or maybe a significant anniversary present. 🙂

Really, go try some rings on. You may be surprised as to what you originally liked might not be that way once you try it.


Post # 10
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Blue Nile’s articles were very helpful, but the best tutorial of them all was sitting down and trying them all on (I know, it was rough, hehe!).  To each their own on diamond preferences, it really is.  Jewelers stress color, but I couldn’t notice any color til I.  Jewelers downplayed the physical cut of a diamond, but it was the one thing that stood out the most to me.  My fiance was the exact opposite of me though! 

Also, I am so glad I tried on all the diamond shapes.  I was dead set on an Asscher cut before seeing that a 1 carat Assher appears like a 3/4 carat Princess due to the heavy bottom weight.  Cushion cut also was similar to Assher in bottom weight.  But then again you may still love it where I was liking the bling factor.  We chose a round because it had the more brilliance and fire we felt.

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