- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2016
I was inspired to ask this question by this post made earlier: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/what-is-your-favourite-type-of-gemstone-and-favourite-cut-and-why/
So, to start off, I’m a huge fan of fancy cut gemstones in unusual shapes, but I haven’t seen many extreme deviations in cut (faceting style), and shape on weddingbee. The majority of rings/stones I see seem to be step cut, old world/old european cut, brilliant/radiant cut, or cabochons, and they usually fall into the category of round, princess, cushion, elongated cushion, emerald, pear, trillion, heart, oval, asscher, or marquise, with some variation in width and height. Now this is not to say that I dislike those cuts/shapes at all, (I have a pear engagement ring myself, and I adore it), but there is a whole wide world of gems out there, and I really want to see some things that I’ve never seen before!
Some example “uncommon” shapes: shields, rhombuses, or hexagons
Some example “uncommon” cuts: Portuguese cuts, rose cuts (even though I’ve admittedly seen a few of these here), mixed cuts—like ceylon or barion, or no name/new name cuts.
If you own, or just like a not-often-talked-about cut or shape, please post some pictures!
I’ll go first and post a picture of my favorite cut (so far): Portuguese, which, much like a step cut, can be applied to lots of shapes. This cut has a greater number of facets than a step cut, which can seem to add a little more sparkle, but it still preserves carat weight.
…and some drool-worthy pictures of some no name/new name cuts, and shapes, designed by one of my absolute favorite gem cutters, Jeff Hapeman: