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How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Diamond Shape – Part II

Weekly Wednesday Jewelry Lesson

Last week, we covered what makes round, princess, marquise, emerald and radiant diamond shapes unique engagement ring selections.  You can find last week’s post here: How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Diamond Shape – Part I.

This week’s Wednesday Jewelry Lesson, we will be discussing the next five diamond shapes. We will highlight what makes pear, oval, heart, assher and cushion diamond shapes a great engagement ring choice.  We will also provide pictures of the various diamond shapes.

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape: Part II:

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Pear Diamond Shape:

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Resembling a teardrop, this diamond is a hybrid between the marquise cut and the round brilliant.  Worn with the tip pointed towards the nail, the pear diamond can create the illusion of a long, slim finger.  Highly popular during the Renaissance period, the pear diamond displays sparkle from every angle with its 58 facets.

Oval Diamond Shape:

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The Oval shaped diamond is based on the traditional design of the round brilliant.  With its 56 facets, this diamond is full of brilliance and passion. Oval diamonds are very popular as their length can emphasize long, lean fingers.

Heart Diamond Shape:

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Also known as the most romantic diamond shape, the heart is the ultimate symbol of love. The heart shaped diamond is a brilliant cut and requires symmetrical lobes to form the heart shape.  It is basically a pear shape diamond with a cleft at the top.  Consisting of 59 facets, it sparkles with effortless elegance.

Asscher Diamond Shape:

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Created in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland, the asscher diamond was designed to draw the eye into the diamond.  It is a square step cut that displays deeply cut corners that gives it an octagonal outline. Although the asscher cut may not be a popular traditional choice, it is still very fashionable and has gained recognition when it was featured on the show, “Sex and The City.”  With its 72 step facets, the asscher diamond is sure to glow with brilliance.

Cushion Diamond Shape:

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If you are looking for an engagement ring with an antique look, the cushion diamond is perfect for you.  This classic cut has been radiating beauty for almost 200 years.  Also known as the pillow cut or the candlelight diamond, this square shaped diamond features larger than normal facets.  The cushion cut is a current engagement ring trend worn by many women.

 

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How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Diamond Shape – Part I

Weekly Wednesday Jewelry LessonChoosing the perfect engagement ring can be challenging.  You want to find a ring that will truly represent all of the feelings you have for your significant other.  You want to make it heartfelt, memorable, special, unique, and beautiful — all in one ring.

To help you with this important decision, we will be writing a three part series on how to choose the perfect engagement ring.  Breaking it down into three parts can assist you in finding the right engagement ring for your loved one. The three parts will be:

1. Choosing The Right Diamond Shape (Part I & Part II)

2. Choosing The Mounting For Your Diamond

3. Choosing The Best Value

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape: Part I:

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape

 

 

We will be discussing ten different diamond shapes.  Here are pictures and descriptions of the first five: round, princess, marquise, emerald and radiant.  Stay tuned for the other five diamond shapes next Wednesday.

Round Diamond Shape:  

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Also known as brilliant, this shape reflects more light than any other shape.  The classic round cut diamond was first designed by Marcel Tolkowsky. Its 58 facets brings out so much sparkle and shine, which contributes in making it one of the most popular diamond shapes today.  Various styles of the Round cut diamond engagement rings include half-bezel, modern 3-stone, half-moon, etc.

Princess Diamond Shape:

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This square diamond is the second most popular shape and represents more of a contemporary style. Sporting 58 facets, the princess cut diamond first originated from a Dutch jeweler. It resembles an inverted prism with four beveled sides and is usually square or rectangular in shape.

Marquise Diamond Shape:

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The Marquise diamond is French for “little boat”, because it resembles the hull of a sailboat.  This breathtaking ring, with its elliptical shape and tapered ends, first appeared in the 18th century.  With its lean and elongated look, it appears much larger than a round diamond would of the same carat size.

Emerald Diamond Shape:

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Timeless, elegant and sophisticated best describe this emerald ring.  The diamond is rectangular in shape and features step cuts comprised of larger facets that act as mirrors.  Clarity is most emphasized in an emerald diamond than any other diamond shape.

Radiant Diamond Shape:

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The radiant diamond shape was perfected by Henry Grossbard in 1977.  It has the same faceting as round and princess cuts, but it is rectangular rather than square.  Its signature characteristic is its trimmed corners. The radiant diamond exudes brilliance and most appeals to those looking for a unique style.

Read our next article: How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Diamond Shape – Part II

 

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Enter to Win a 1 Carat Diamond

Kranich’s Jewelers would like to announce that in addition to their Simon G. Facebook Blitz Contest, another contest is also available.  Visit kranichs.com for your chance to win a breathtaking 1 carat diamond solitaire Gem Crown&#174 Diamond.  To win just visit our holiday giveaway page at http://www.kranichs.com/giveaway.php and sign up for our mailing list, giving your name and email address.  You will be contacted by email if you are the lucky winner.

For questions about our diamond solitaire contest or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

Kranich’s Acquire Amazing Simon G Kunzite Pendant

Simon G. And Kranich BrothersMichael and Charles Kranich purchased a very unique Simon G pendant at the JCK Trade Show in Las Vegas last week. The Simon G pendant features a very rare Kunzite gemstone. Michael Kranich says the Kunzite is a color he has never seen before. Simon G says it took him two years to find this stone. It is not a typical Kunzite. The oval shaped Kunzite is a dark, rich, bright pink color and weighs 32.64 carats. This stone has amazing clarity and brilliance. It is truly a one of a kind gemstone. Simon created an elegant mounting to frame the Kunzite. The stone rests in an 18 karat tri color white, yellow and rose gold mounting with 169 round white diamonds and 17 fancy yellow diamonds as accents. The Kranich’s are very pleased to have acquired such a stunning piece of jewelry to display in their stores. One lucky customer will make it their own!

For questions about this extraordinary piece by Simon G. or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.

The Man Behind the Curtain

There are lots of things going on here at Kranich’s behind the scenes today.  Preparation for our remount events is in full swing as well as strong pushes behind both our Everlon Diamond Knot Collection and our Custom Mother’s Ring builder where you can get Mom a beautiful piece just in time for Mother’s Day.  We even have another online designer event coming in the near future.  Check back soon for updates on these and other great offers going on now at Kranich’s Jewlers.

For questions about  any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.