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.

FlyerFit by Martin Flyer Three Stone Hand Engraved Setting

This antique style three stone Martin Flyer engagement ring features two round brilliant cut side stones and hand engraved scroll work on the band.  This ring was designed to perfectly show off your choice of a center diamond.
All FlyerFit rings are made to fit perfectly flush with almost any wedding band.

FlyerFit by Martin Flyer Three Stone Hand Engraved SettingAvailable in platinum, 18kt white gold or 18kt yellow gold and can accommodate a round brilliant from .50ct to 4.20ct.

Scott Kay .59ct Vintage Style Signature Crown Setting

This amazing Scott Kay engagement ring is from the Vintage Collection and features two round brilliant cut prong set side diamonds and round brilliant cut pave-set diamonds with beautiful scroll engraving around the band.  It also features the signature Scott Kay “surprise” diamonds which are bezel set in the bottom of the mounting.

Scott Kay Vintage Style Signature Crown SettingAvailable in Platinum, Palladium, 19kt White Gold and 19kt Yellow Gold it can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shaped center stone from .60ct to 6.20ct.

Tacori Three Stone Setting .50ct tw

A classic Tacori engagement ring features a round brilliant cut diamond on either side of the center stone and beautiful scroll work on the band.

Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant from .70ct to 2.20ct.

Precision Set Three Stone Princess Cut Setting .60ct tw

This elegant Precision Set engagement ring features two princess shaped side stones which will show off your choice of a center stone beautifully.

Precision Set Three Stone Princess Cut Setting

Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a princess or radiant shaped diamond from .90ct to 6.20ct.

Precision Set Three Stone Diamond Setting 1.00ct tw

This beautiful 3 stone Precision Set engagement ring features 2 round brilliant cut diamond side stones and 2 rows of round brilliant cut pave set diamonds going half way around the band.

Precision Set Three Stone Diamond 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.

Simon G Three Stone Diamond Pave Setting

This stylish three stone engagement ring setting by Simon G features pave-set diamonds surrounding the 3 main diamonds as well as on the band.

Simon G Three Stone Diamond Pave Setting

Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant from .50ct to 3.20ct.

FlyerFit by Martin Flyer Round Brilliant Three Stone Diamond Setting

This classic three stone Martin Flyer engagement ring features two round brilliant cut side diamonds designed to enhance the center stone.  FlyerFit rings are made to fit perfectly flush with almost any wedding band.

Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate a round brilliant from .80ct to 4.20ct.

Jeff Cooper Three Stone Emerald Cut Trellis Setting

This stunning three stone Jeff Cooper engagement ring features an emerald cut diamond set on either side of the center stone.

Jeff Cooper Three Stone Emerald Cut Trellis Setting

Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold or 18kt Yellow Gold and can accommodate an Emerald shape center stone from .70ct to 4.20ct

Simon G Three Stone Pave-Set Setting

This gorgeous engagement ring setting by Simon G is pictured with an Emerald cut center and side stones.  The round brilliant cut diamonds are pave set around the stones as well as on the band.  The 18kt Rose gold heart detail is under the 3 stones.  Simon G 3-Stone Pave-Set Setting #SG LP2013


Image shown with a 1.50ct Emerald Shape center stone

Available in Platinum, 18kt White Gold, Yellow Gold or Rose Gold and can accommodate an Emerald, Radiant, Princess, or Asscher shape center stone from .50ct to 3.50ct.