Gemstones are cut to enhance the play of light across their surfaces, to coax brilliance and fire from deep within. A perfect cut showcases the gemstone in its maximum beauty. Thanks to endeavors of creative lapidary artists, gemstones are available in a wondrous array of cuts. Traditional cuts are: round, oval, pear, marquise, and emerald. Other popular styles of gemstones include versataile cabochon and fancy cuts which offer incredible diversity and unique shapes. 

 

 

Most gemstones can be faceted with round cut. Round cut in diamonds can also be called brilliant cuts and have 58 facets, including the culet. Diamonds cut with the superior proportions and symmetry are called "ideal" and may show patterns that look like arrows from the top and hearts from the bottom. 

 

 

 

 

 

Oval cut's elongated, perfectly symmetrical design gives a flattering illusion of length to the hand. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gemstones with low transparency, like opal, onyx, turquoise, moonstone, are often cut as cabochons, with highly polished rounded top with no faceting. 

  

 

 

 

 

Marquise cut comes from the eighteenth century French court and immortalizes the enchanting smile of Marquise de Pompadour. And what woman wouldn't smile, looking at a beautiful diamond ring on her finger?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pear cut combines the best of marquise and oval cuts, and  evokes an image of a beautiful sparkling teardrop. 

 

 

 

 

Princess cut is truly worthy of a princess, and is the second most popular cut after the round. It combines the high degree of light return of a round cut with the distinctive square shape.

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