What is a Fancy Cut Diamond?

A fancy cut diamond is any diamond shape other than a round brilliant.  The most popular fancy cut diamonds sold today are asscher cut, cushion cut, emerald cut, heart shaped, marquise shaped, oval shaped, pear shaped, princess cut, and radiant cut, but there are many others.

The face up shape of a fancy cut diamond is usually the first thing people notice and the main reason why they are purchased.  Fancy cut diamonds provide a way for you to express your individuality and appeal to those looking for that less traditional look.  Fancy cut diamonds are also a great choice as side stones for a three stone engagement ring or accent stones on a solitaire setting.

Each fancy cut diamond has its own characteristics, so you should take the time to familiarize yourself with each.  Most fancy cut diamonds on the market today are cut using the brilliant cut facet arrangement allowing for the same brilliance, fire, and scintillation of that of the round brilliant cut diamond, but some are cut using step cuts or mixed cuts.  The round brilliant cut features triangular and kite shaped facets that begin at the diamond’s center and go out to the girdle.   A step cut has long, narrow, four sided facets arranged in rows parallel to the girdle on both the crown and pavilion.  Mixed cuts are a mix of both the round brilliant and step cuts.  They can either have brilliant cuts on the crown and step cuts on the pavilion or step cuts on the crown and brilliant cuts on the pavilion.

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Some Diamond Terms for Fancy Cuts

Belly – the center area of the side of a heart, marquise, oval, or pear where it curves out slightly.

Head – the rounded end of a pear

Shoulders – the curved edges between the head and belly of a pear

Lobes – the rounded part of a heart

Cleft – the v-shaped part of a heart

Symmetry and length-to-width ratio are important factors to consider when purchasing fancy cuts.  You always want a fancy cut that is symmetrical.  For example, both lobes of a heart should be the same size, both ends of an emerald should be the same width.  Length-to-width ratio determines the shape of a fancy cut.  There are preferred ranges for each shape, but this is also a personal preference.

To learn more about the characteristics of each fancy cut diamond visit our diamond education section.

Precision Set Solitaire Setting

This timeless Precision engagement ring will show off your choice of a center stone beautifully.   Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shape center stone from .40ct to 4.20t.

Precision Set Solitaire Setting

Jeff Cooper Solitaire Setting

This beautiful solitaire Jeff Cooper engagement ring is perfectly designed to show off your choice of a center stone.

 

Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shape center stone from .40ct to 6.20ct.

Scott Kay Contemporary Solitaire Setting

This classic yet stylish engagement ring designed by Scott Kay is the perfect choice to show off your center stone.  The two accent “surprise” diamonds are bezel set on either side of the basket.

Available in Palladium, Platinum, 19kt White Gold or 19kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shape center stone from .40ct to 10.00ct

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Vatche X Prong Solitaire Setting

This simple yet stylish solitaire engagement ring setting by Vatche and will perfectly show off your choice of a center stone.

Vatche X Prong Solitaire Setting

Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shape center stone from .40ct to 4.20ct

What do I need to know before I begin shopping for an engagement ring?

#1 is always to establish a budget

Know how much you can spend.  Then you need to ask yourself:

What diamond shape does she like?

Some research has shown that diamond shape and personality are connected.  Here’s a brief example:

Round – home and family centered, dependable, easy to get along with, and security conscious

Oval – individualistic, creative, well-organized, dependable, and willing to take chances

Heart – sentimental, creative, feminine, sensitive, trusting, dramatic, and a dreamer

Rectangle/Square – organized, conservative, efficient, honest, and open

Pear – conforming, considerate, adaptable, and home & community centered

Marquise – extroverted, experimental, exciting, innovative, and career centered

What type of setting does she like – solitaire, traditional, modern, or antique?

Does she prefer a setting with diamonds or without? If with, what type?

Think about her lifestyle – is she athletic, what type of work does she do? This will help you decide on a setting (if she didn’t already give you pictures or tell you!) and we can recommend how the diamond should be set – prong or bezel.

What type of metal?

What color will match her other pieces – white gold, yellow gold, or platinum? Important to know – does she have a metal allergy? If yes, or you’re unsure and this is a surprise, platinum should be your choice.

Learn at least the basics about the 4 c’s – you can maximize your budget by looking at different combinations.

Once you’ve thought about the above you’re ready to start looking. I always recommend starting with the diamond first. Once you pick the shape, color, and weight you’ll be able to pick the perfect setting that will show off the stone you chose beautifully.

Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong type of engagement ring. Choose what you like and what will make you both happy.

Shop now using our Create Your Own Engagement Ring three-step process

Diana Solitaire Setting with Thick 6mm Band

This contemporary solitaire Diana engagement ring setting #D N81904D has four prongs and a wide 6mm band.

Available in Palladium, Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shape center stone from .40ct to 6.20ct.

Precision Set Solitaire Setting with Pave Diamond Basket

This classic Precision Set engagement ring will show off your choice of a center diamond beautifully.  The basket contains three small round brilliant accent diamonds on each side which are pave set.

Precision Set Solitaire Setting with Pave Diamond Basket

Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shape center stone from .20ct to 8.00ct.

Precision Set Solitaire Setting with Pave Diamond Basket

Vatche Sisley Solitaire Setting

This stylish engagement ring setting by Vatche #V 194 has intertwined prongs with a small round brilliant accent diamond set on either side of the basket.

Vatche Sisley Solitaire SettingAvailable in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shape center stone from .40ct to 4.20ct.

Vatche Caroline Pave Basket Solitaire Setting

This classic engagement setting by Vatche #V 187 features small pave accent diamonds set on the sides of the basket.  Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shape center stone from .40ct to 4.20ct.

Vatche Caroline Pave Basket Solitaire Setting

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