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All About Diamonds

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Diamond Shapes


At Hattons, you will find a variety of different diamond shapes that suit your aesthetic sense and the type of jewellery you prefer.

We carry the Round, Princess, Emerald, Heart, Oval, Marquise, Cushion, Radiant, and Pear shapes.

Round
Princess
Emerald
Heart
Oval
Radiant
Marquise
Pear
Cushion

Round

The Round shape is a favourite of most diamond buyers, as it allows for maximum brilliance due to the refraction of light. It usually has 57 or 58 facets. All Hattons Investment Grade diamonds are round.

Princess

Developed in the 1980s, the princess cut is a square cut, and is popular due to its modern symmetrical shape and alluring sparkle.

Emerald

With its large table and distinctive step cut pavilion, the emerald shape is inspired by its namesake gemstone. Cut with fewer facets than round and princess cut diamonds, the emerald cut emphasizes a diamond's clarity.

Heart

The heart-shaped diamond is popular because it obviously symbolises love, and is a perfect choice for rings and pendants. The two halves of the heart-shape should be perfectly symmetrical. This shape becomes more distinct and alluring in bigger sizes; it is best that the weight be 1 carat and above.

Oval

The oval diamond shape brings together the sparkle of a round brilliant, with the elongated design of a marquise. While the cut was developed in the 1960s, it has a classic feel. The length of this cut maximizes surface area.

Radiant

The radiant cut diamond is a stunning blend of other cuts. Its cropped corners liken it to the cushion and asscher shapes, while its brilliant-cut facets are inspired by round and princess cuts.

Marquise

A distinctive cut, the marquise has pointed ends and smooth curves. A greater size per carat weight than any other cut means that your diamond will appear larger. Its flattering design elongates the finger.

Pear

A striking shape, the pear - or teardrop, as it is sometimes called - is a cut that can appear unique or classic, depending on its setting. With 58 facets, it is a brilliant cut that exhibits lots of sparkle.

Cushion

An antique style that's increasing in popularity, cushion cuts are reminiscent of round and oval cuts. Cut for less brilliance than the classic round, a cushion cut diamond has a soft, romantic appeal.