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Fancy Cut Engagement Rings Offer Unique Style and Class
When you hear the term “fancy cut engagement rings,” you may be unsure of what exactly this is referring to. A fancy cut engagement ring is when a diamond cutter shapes a raw diamond in a way that allows larger retention of its carat weight. The initial reasons behind the development of the Fancy Cuts creation were to maintain the original shape and weight of the raw diamond. While diamond cutters are still following this original guideline, the introduction of the extremely popular round brilliant has created a demand for a larger number of raw diamonds for this shape, since it is considered the most desirable option available today.
Any experienced diamond cutter will be able to see the types of shapes that would most effectively be able to retain the weight for the raw diamond being used, and would then begin cutting the diamond in accordance to the characteristics of its raw shape. Another consideration made by cutters is the lighting when a diamond is being shaped.
There are a number of different reasons that fancy cuts are used, from the fashionable to the practical. A fancy cut engagement ring can be divided into four general sub-categories, which include: rose, mixed, step cuts and modified brilliants.
The modified brilliant, as the description implies, is a type of brilliant diamond that has a shape changed from the usual round brilliant. As a result of this change, there are a number of different shapes that technology and modern cutting techniques can create, which include the navette, trillian, marquise and heart. This is a popular due to the fact it provides the desired brilliance of the sought after round brilliant cut in a much more personalized and unique shape.
Step cuts, which are also referred to as a trap cut, can be recognized by the square or rectangular shape, which features the facets for the pavilion and the crown running in a parallel direction to the girdle; this is also one of the oldest profiles. An advantage offered by the step cut is the fact it will preserve a larger amount of the raw diamond’s initial weight when compared to the more traditional brilliant cut. The emerald cut is the most well-known type of step cut available.
The mixed cut is a mesh of the brilliant and the step cuts. The desired result is to create the finish offered by a brilliant cut, and preserve the weight by implementing step-cut techniques. This is a newer cut option and only began being seen regularly in the 1960s. The popular Princess engagement rings are the most well-known type of mixed cut currently offered.
The rose is considered an older type of diamond cut. This technique was originally developed before cutters began using electric lighting and the cut became a less-than-popular option in the early part of the 20th century because of the lack of brilliance of the finished product.
There is no question that fancy cut engagement rings are extremely popular due to the unique shapes they offer and a definite consideration when searching for the perfect ring.