THE HISTORY OF DIAMOND SHAPES, THEIR ASSOCIATIONS AND CELEBRITY WEARERS
The Round shape or Round Brilliant Cut is often referred to as the RBC; as mentioned already, it’s the most popular by a country mile. It’s associated with a ‘classic’ look. It was first created to 1919 by a fellow named Marcel Tolkowsky. Round Brilliant Cut diamonds have 58 facets and sparkle the hardest! It’s a timeless classic and is also versatile. Mila Kunis got a classic Round Brilliant Cut Solitaire diamond ring from Ashton Kutcher when he proposed to his old friend and co-star from “That Seventies Show.”
The Princess shape is associated with being ‘ladylike’. Designer Arpad Nagy first crafted a Pear shaped diamond in 1961. There can be 49 through to 144 facets, depending on the size of the diamond. It’s the second most popular shape after the Round, and can often be more affordable than other shapes, as it can be produced using less cuts. Heiress Nicky Hilton sports a princess diamond ring, given to her by husband James Rothschild.
Emerald shaped diamonds are linked with glamour. Emerald shaped gemstones date from the Art Deco era (1920’s) and they show off the clarity factor better than the other shapes. They are elegant and very stylish. George Clooney gave his wife Amal a 7 carat Emerald shaped diamond ring. Beyonce has an enormous 18 carat Emerald shaped sparkler. Major stars in Hollywood’s golden era went for the Emerald shaped diamond ring – such as Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly.
The Asscher shape is for those of you who like a bit of ‘vintage’ action. These were also very popular in the Art Deco period, though were invented earlier – in 1902 in Amsterdam, by the Asscher brothers. It’s a bold and rather dramatic shape, loved by Reese Witherspoon and also Elizabeth Taylor who wore a famous 33 carat ring which was given to her by two-time husband Richard Burton.
The Cushion shape is for the true romantics. Also called the pillow cut, it’s particularly good for people who want to wear a big stone! It’s been around for a long time and was very popular in the early 1900’s. Kim Kardashian has a large Cushion shaped diamond ring, presented to her by hubby Kanye West. Brooke Shields and Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea have cushion shaped diamond rings.
Marquise equals dramatic. It’s said it was first created at the court of the French King Louis XIV - ‘The Sun King’ - around 1700. It’s assumed that it was named after his mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour and that the design was inspired by her smile. It is dramatic and it is distinctive. It tends to look larger than it really is, which is nice, and it’s great for making fingers seem slender and long. Dramatic couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones chose a Marquise shaped diamond.
Oval shaped diamonds are ‘innovative’, often appearing flanked by other coloured gemstones, oval is a fresh look and also works beautifully for those wanting to heighten the sense of elegant looking fingers and hands. Hollywood star Sofia Vergara has an oval dazzling diamond ring.
Heart shape is of course sentimental. It’s romantic and loving and like love, it takes lot of time and dedication to perfect. Heart lovers include Lady Gaga and Joan Collins.
Do consider the different shapes available. Why not get a bit Fancy?!