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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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Hang Loose – The Best Way to Upgrade Your Diamond

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Whether it’s for a loved one or the one you love the most, yourself, it’s time for a new diamond ring.  The natural temptation is to swagger into a large department store that’s offering a massive sale, dump your old ring on the counter for a quick exchange, and then stroll off into the sunset with a new glittering rock on your finger.  The reality is that this is a surefire way to either get flat out ripped off or to end up compromising and purchasing an ultimately disappointing diamond.

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