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Which Premium Diamond Cut Is Best For Your Engagement Ring?

When choosing among the premium diamond cuts, one might think that the choice becomes easier. However, the truth is even the slightest difference in the 4Cs can have a huge impact on your price. In this article, we will be primarily dealing with premium diamond cuts, which will include Round Cut Diamonds, Princess Cut Diamonds, and Asscher Cut Diamonds. The popularity and uniqueness of these diamond cuts have made them popular choices for engagement rings. Let us find out about these diamonds and see which is the best pick for you.

Before moving forward, we must make one thing clear. The cut quality and shape of a diamond are different. Although all of these diamonds differ in shape from each other, we will be judging them based on their cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Every diamond cut carries a certain personality that suits different people. Choosing a premium quality diamond only based on one’s gut feeling does not always lead to the best outcome. Making an informed choice when buying diamonds is necessary and that is what we will be discussing.

Diamond 4Cs: Why are they important

diamond 4cs

As mentioned earlier, all diamonds are graded based on their 4Cs. These include their cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. When buying diamonds it is important to always check the diamond 4Cs. Reputed organizations like the GIA, AGS, etc, issue certificates to grade the 4Cs of a diamond. It is essential to check these certificates when choosing your diamond. 

The price of your diamond mainly depends on its carat weight. However, the cut, clarity, and color grade of your diamond will have a significant impact on its price. 

It is necessary to mention that the GIA does not grade the cut quality of fancy diamonds like the Princess cut. In these situations, it is important to grade the cut quality based on the diamond’s depth percentage, table percentage, and length to width ratio. 

Diamond-Cut Quality

diamond cut quality

Diamond cut refers to the quality of cut and polish of your diamond. It involves the depth and symmetry of the diamond. Your diamond-cut directly affects the brilliance and fire of your diamond. When it comes to premium diamonds, Round diamonds ace the list. Here is all you need to know about the cut quality of Round cut diamonds.

Round Cut Diamonds

Round diamonds take up 70% of the world’s polished diamond inventory. They are also the most popular choice when it comes to diamond engagement rings. The reason for this popularity is the fact that no other diamond comes close to the radiance of round diamonds. They have brilliance and fire like no other diamond. This is the Rolls Royce of diamonds and you cannot go wrong with this particular cut.

The GIA grades cut quality from Excellent to Poor when it comes to diamonds. It is necessary to check the GIA certification and go for an ‘Excellent’ cut grade when choosing Round brilliant diamonds. When it comes to the depth percentage, table percentage, and length to width ratio of your round cut diamond, following these numbers will land you a Round brilliant diamond with excellent brilliance. 

  • Depth Percentage: 61%-62.5%
  • Table Percentage: 54%-57%
  • Crown angle: 34º-35º
  • Pavilion angle:40.6º-41º
  • Girdle Thickness: Thin – Slightly Thick

The Round Brilliant is the best choice when it comes to diamond engagement rings. They are also the most expensive when compared to other diamond cuts.

Princess-Cut Diamonds

The Princess cut diamond is responsible for 30% of all diamond engagement rings in the world. They are square-shaped diamonds with pointed edges. 

Princess cuts have a massive yield from the diamond rough. Where other diamonds have a 40% to 50% yield, the Princess cut has close to 80% to 90% yield from the diamond rough. For this reason, they are relatively cheaper than Round Diamonds. 

This particular diamond cut is also referred to as a ‘square modified brilliant cut’. It has 56 to 58 facets. The division of facets is generally as follows. 

  • 21 on the crown
  • 4 on the girdle
  • 33 on the pavilion. 

As mentioned earlier, the GIA does not grade the cut quality of fancy diamonds. Owing to this reason it is important to grade the cut quality of your Princess diamond based on the following numbers. 

  • Depth Percentage – 65% to 75%
  • Table Percentage – 65% to 78% 
  • Length to Width Ratio – 1 to 1.05
  • The Girdle of your Princess Diamond should be thick enough to support the prongs. 

Having a 4 prong setting is essential when it comes to a Princess cut diamond. The sharp edges of this diamond tend to chip over time. A 4 prong setting protects the corners without covering too much of the diamond. Choosing a 6 prong setting becomes counterproductive as it covers a lot of the diamond. 

Asscher Cut Diamonds

The unique cut of this particular diamond has made it very popular in recent times. The Asscher cut is a unique choice for an engagement ring because it lacks the brilliance of a Princess cut and a Round diamond. What sets it apart is the fact that an Asscher cut is a step-cut diamond. When viewed through the table, one can see the distinct steps within the diamond. The step cuts offer a hall of mirror feels to this diamond. It is this unique feature that accounts for the popularity of an Asscher Diamond

An Asscher cut diamond has 58 facets. However, Modern renditions of the Asscher diamond are known to have 78 facets as well. Following the numbers below will give you a premium quality Asscher cut Diamond. 

  • Depth Percentage: 60% to 65%
  • Table Percentage: 65% to 67%
  • Length to Width Ratio: 1 to 1.04
  • Picking a symmetrical Asscher diamond is essential to ensure a clear view of the steps within the diamond. 

Diamond Clarity Grade

diamond clarity grade

The clarity grade of diamond is the ability to hide inclusions or blemishes. The GIA grades clarity from IF to I2, D being the highest and internally flawless. 

When it comes to the clarity grades, it is always smart to choose eye-clean diamonds. Eye clean diamonds refer to those diamonds that appear blemish-free when viewed with the naked eye. Inclusions in eye-clean diamonds can only be viewed when viewed under 10X magnification. It is difficult for diamond experts to tell the difference between premium clarity grades, however, the difference in price between these clarity grades is stark. 

Round Brilliant Diamonds

An eye-clean round brilliant of a VS2 clarity grade will appear flawless. Round diamonds are very good at hiding blemishes. Going as low as an eye-clean SI2 will allow you to save a substantial amount without compromising on the quality of your round diamond. 

Princess Diamonds

Going for GIA-graded diamonds of VS2 clarity grade is a good choice when it comes to eye-clean Princesses. A very important piece of advice when picking Princess diamonds is that it is imperative to avoid Princess diamonds with dark spots near the center and the edges. This compromises the durability of the diamond

Asscher Diamond

Among the three cuts, Asscher diamonds are the worst at hiding inclusions. Their open face exposes the slightest blemishes. Choosing an eye-clean VS1 clarity grade should work well for an Asscher cut diamond. 

Diamond Color Grade

diamond color grade

Diamond color refers to the yellowish hue that is present within them. This is a flaw in a diamond and the ability of a diamond to hide this yellowish hue equates to a better color grade. The GIA grades diamond color from D to Z, where D is completely free of any kind of color.

Choosing eye-clean diamonds is recommended when distinguishing between premium color grades. The color of your diamond can also be masked with the help of your ring setting. 

Round Diamonds

Choosing a G color grade is fine if you are willing to stick to a premium color grade. Round diamonds are excellent at hiding color. You can drop down to a J or K color grade if you are intending to go for yellow gold or rose gold ring setting

Princess Cut

Settling from a G to I color grade is recommended if you are going for a white gold or platinum setting. In case you are looking to choose a rose gold or yellow gold ring setting, then a K color grade will also work well. 

Asscher Cut

The step facets allow you to see color clearly when it comes to Asscher diamonds. You have to be a bit careful when choosing the color grade of your Asscher cut. It is recommended to not go below an I color grade. 

Diamond Carat Weight

diamond carat weight

Diamonds are priced by their carat weight. Choosing the right diamond carat weight is important. It is generally believed that diamonds of a higher carat weight are bigger than those of a lower carat weight. This is not necessarily true. Carat weight is a unit of weight, not size. It is not necessarily true that a heavier person is bigger than a person of comparatively lighter weight. The same logic applies to diamonds. Having said this, it is to be considered that diamonds of a larger carat weight do appear slightly bigger than lower carat weights. 

When comparing sizes, none comes close to Princess diamonds. Owing to their massive yield from the diamond rough, they appear larger than other diamonds of the same carat weight. On the contrary, Asscher diamonds appear smaller than other diamonds of the same carat weight. 

It is also important to mention that finding flawless diamonds when it comes to higher carat weights is very rare. Asscher diamonds for example are very rare, to begin with. Their popularity is based on their rarity. It will be extremely rare to find a 2 carat or 3 carat- Asscher diamond of premium cut, clarity, and color grade. 

The price per carat weight also increases exponentially when it comes to diamonds. The cost of 1 carat round brilliant diamond might be 2 to 3 times lesser than a 2 carat round diamond. 

When comparing the price per carat weight of Round diamonds, Princess cut diamonds and Asscher diamonds, we find the following. The price of a 1 carat, I color, VS1 clarity diamond will be approximately,

  • Round cut Diamond- $5000
  • Princess Cut Diamond- $4000
  • Asscher Cut Diamond – $3600

Choosing The Right Diamond Cut

choosing the right diamond cut

The choice of diamond is solely based on you. After comparing the 4Cs, the final choice is dependent on the personal taste of a person. Choosing the right ring setting is equally important. When it comes to Round, Princess or Asscher Diamonds, all of these 3 diamonds look stunning on Solitaire settings. Choosing a 3 stone setting is also a very good way to highlight your main diamond. All of these three diamond cuts go very well with Halo and Pave settings. Picking the right setting is also dependent on your personality and preferences. 

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best place to buy your diamond engagement ring

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