When looking for that special stone it’s important to understand the difference between shape and cut… the two are often confused!
What is a diamond shape?
The shape of a diamond describes its physical form, or the particular outline of the stone. It’s essentially the stone’s silhouette. Even though you may hear them referred to as different “cuts” round, pear, marquise, and Asscher are all words used to describe the shape of a stone.
What is a diamond cut?
The cut is one of the famous 4Cs of diamond grading (clarity, color, carat and cut), it describes how well the diamond was formed when it was cut from the rough in order to maximize things like light reflectivity and clarity. It’s important to note that only round diamonds are graded for cut… otherwise the math simply gets too complicated for the graders! The grading of a diamond’s cut takes into account things like the depth, symmetry, even faceting and overall dimensions. The cut rating does not affect the clarity score, or vice versa - both are independent of each other.