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Get in Shape! The History of Diamond Shapes

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By now you’ve learned the very distinct distinction between diamond ‘cuts’ and diamond ‘shapes’ (you’ve been religiously reading this blog, right?).  So now we are ready to dig a little deeper into the different diamond shape varieties and their diverse and dynamic origins.  There are 10 major shape classifications, each one shapelier than the next.

Round here.  

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Let’s start with the obvious: the good ole, reliable Round.  The Round is, and has been for quite some time, the most widely sought after diamond shape.  It’s #1 use is in engagement rings, as a solitaire stone (meaning, “one”), giving a sparkling manifestation to the phrase “it’s lonely at the top.”  Rounds of all sizes are often featured in earrings, pendants, brooches and wedding rings as well.  In fact, the GIA reports that 75% of all diamonds sold on the open market are round.  Sometime in the 18th century, enterprising diamontaires developed the cut “round brilliant,” which showcases the rounds’ resplendency to the highest degree.  Somewhere down the road, roughly in the middle of the 19th century, diamond cutting maverick Henry Morse (no, he didn’t invent the “Morse Code” – that’s Samuel Morse…) perfected the round brilliant cut, and it has remained essentially the same since then.  A cocky cutter named Marcel Tolkowsky made some minor tweaks to the round brilliant cut in 1919, in a vain attempt to get his name in the diamond history books (*the fact that he was arrogant may or may not be true/may have just been made up for the sake of this article.)  All in all, the ubiquitous rounds have made an indelible mark in the diamond world, and no one knows how long they will reign supreme in all their circular glory.
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Sell Unwanted Diamonds = Get Cool Stuff

Exchanging Your Diamond for Diamond Inspired Objects

You have a diamond ring at home, sitting at the bottom of a jewelry box, collecting dust.  Or maybe you have a pair of diamond earrings that a certain someone gave to you that are a certain kind of ugly.  Who knows, maybe you’ve even been handed down a dazzling bejeweled crown from an aristocratic ancestral member of the Royal Hungarian court.  The point is, you’re never going to wear any of these darn diamonds.  However, you can easily turn them into cash and buy some awesome diamond inspired objects.  By selling your diamond through Diamond Lighthouse, you can retain your diamond’s memory and get some really cool stuff in its place. Continue reading Sell Unwanted Diamonds = Get Cool Stuff