Round or Brilliant Cut
This shape has set the standard for all other gem shapes, and accounts for more than 75% of gems sold today. Its 58-facet cut, divided among its crown (top), girdle (widest part) and pavilion (base), is calibrated through a precise formula to achieve the maximum in fire and brilliance.
This is an even, perfectly symmetrical design popular among women with small hands or short fingers. Its elongated shape gives a flattering illusion of length to the hand.
This is a
rectangular shape with cut corners. It is known as a step cut because its concentric broad, flat planes resemble stair steps. Since inclusions and inferior color are more pronounced in this particular cut, take pains to select a stone of superior clarity and color.
This is a very striking cut for larger stones. The Emerald Cut is very old and was used by royalty and the upper-class.
This is a rectangular narrow gem cut. It has approximately 20 facets. A tapered baguette is a trapezoid shape one end is narrower. The Banquette Cut is very attractive on someone with short fingers and a small hand.
This cut is very elegant but you need the right stone and setting to make the most of
this particular cut.
This is an elongated shape with pointed ends inspired by the fetching smile of the Marquise de Pompadour and commissioned by the Sun King, France's Louis XIV, who wanted a gem to match it. It is gorgeous when used as a solitaire or when enhanced by smaller gems.
Pear Shaped or Tear Drop Cut
A hybrid cut, combining the best of the oval and the marquise, it is shaped most like a sparkling teardrop. It also belongs to that category of gem whose design most complements a hand with small or average-length fingers. It is particularly beautiful for pendants or earrings.