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10 Most Popular Types of Diamond Cuts in 2015

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Maybe you know all about the fashion trends for 2015 and that this season (just like any other season), blonde is once again the number one color hair for women, but did you know what diamond cuts are in this year? It’s not exactly something that you read in every fashion magazine, but it’s definitely a trend you need to follow, either if you’re the one who expects (demands!) a diamond ring or the lucky guy who gets to buy it.

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Diamonds last indeed forever, regardless of their shape, but it helps to know a thing or two about types of diamond cuts and different diamond shapes. So, here we are, ready to tell you the 2015 trends for diamond’s cut:

1. Cushion Diamond Cut

You can’t go wrong with a cushion cut, especially since its popularity has increased over the years, leaving behind the once most popular princess cut diamond. Combining the charm of a vintage shape with the sparkle of the current trends, a cushion cut diamond will look breathtaking surrounded by antique diamond halos. If you want to add a touch of glamor, opt for Art Deco ring settings. This is indeed one of the diamond types that will last forever!

2. Vintage Diamond Cut

As we said above, some of the most trendy diamond types and one of the most appreciated diamond shapes from many different diamond shapes are the vintage diamond shapes. From VIP and celebrities to the girl next door, everybody seems to value these days the antique style. Maybe, it’s because the celebrities set the trends when it comes to diamond cuts and shapes (after all, they are the ones who afford to buy different types of diamonds without having to think twice when it comes to the prices), maybe it’s because we all long for the Old Hollywood charm. Either way, we know that vintage cuts of diamonds will be the perfect choice for romantic brides. Whether we’re talking about French cuts, antique cushion or rose cuts, your diamond ring will stand out in the crowd of diamond cuts and shapes.

3. Princess Diamond Cut

It’s true that is no longer the number one choice when it comes to diamond cuts and shapes, but it is definitely among the top three most popular shapes of 2015. It was first created in 1960, and since then many famous and less famous ladies have taken pride in their princess cut diamonds. It has a fancy shape and it goes perfectly with engagement rings. It is known as one of the most flexible diamond to work with and matches almost any style.

4. Round Diamond Cut

One of the most popular cuts of diamond that is still going strong is the round cut diamond. We have to admit that a round diamond cut represents about 75% of all diamonds sold in the world, but this means only one thing: it is really beautiful and desirable. A classic shape, perfect for both romantic and sophisticated ladies, this diamond cut is one of the most beautiful diamond shape of all different diamond shapes we know. We especially like a round shaped diamond with a hearts and arrows cut, which brings a plus of brilliance to the gem that no other round shaped diamond can bring. Due to its cut and shape, this type of round cut diamond can be considered superior to many other sophisticated shapes, especially when it enjoys the proper reflection of light that maximizes its brightness.

5. Marquise Diamond Cut

One of our favorite types of diamond cuts, the marquise diamond reminds us of royalty and a little bit of those gorgeous, evil step mothers from fairy tales. Nonetheless, we really fancy them due to their long and narrow cut that creates the illusion of a greater size and a dazzling sparkle. These football-shaped diamond types are a great choice if you want to maximize the perceived size and add a touch of mystery to your personality.

6. Radiant Diamond Cut

The radiant diamond impresses due to its unique shape and superb sparkle. Not exactly a square, more like a blend between a princess and cushion cut diamond, this diamond shape was created for the fashionistas, who want to stick to the “traditional” diamond jewelry, but will definitely love an extravagant touch to it. A radiant cut diamond has complete brilliant-cut facet pattern, which makes it a truly unique gem in the sea of different diamond shapes.

7. Asscher Diamond Cut

Although this diamond cut dates back to 1902, when two brothers from Holland decided to add new cuts of diamonds on the diamond market, it is one of the trendiest types of diamonds of 2015. The diamond has borrowed the names of the two brothers that shaped it – the Asscher brothers. It is a forerunner to the emerald cuts of diamond, but the remarkable difference hides in the square shape with large step facets, the higher crown and a much smaller table.

8. Emerald Diamond Cut

And here we are, at the emerald cut diamond, a popular and yet desirable diamond cut that brings joy to every bride to be, who is lucky enough to receive it. One of the most beautiful cuts of diamonds, the emerald cut diamond is unique due to the steep cuts of its pavilion. It also has an open table. While they don’t sparkle like brilliant cut diamonds, these diamonds have the power to produce a hall-of-mirrors effect, where the light plays with dark and dazzles the audience.

9. Pear Diamond Cut

The pear cut diamond is the result of a round shape diamond that meets a marquise shape diamond. Its trademark is the tapered point on one end, hence its resemblance with a pear. From the different types of diamonds that have this pear cut, the modified brilliant-cut pear shape diamond is probably the most beautiful, especially if you afford or you’re lucky enough to receive a large size diamond of this type (from 5 carats up). It is absolutely breathtaking!

10. Flawless Diamond Cut

Yes! A flawless diamond cut is always in trends and it should be one of the first things you check before buying a diamond (you probably know about the famous 4Cs by now). Since not many of us are experts in diamonds, the best thing to do before buying a diamond is to get an appraisal, especially if this diamond is part of an engagement ring. A diamond ring appraisal can be done by different accredited institutes, AGI being one of the best in the field. Their experts will tell you all you need to know about your diamond and assess its overall value. Always insure your diamonds based on experts’ appraisals.


How to Sell an Antique Diamond Ring

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carats (0 mg) round diamond engagement ring. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Selling an antique diamond ring, probably belonging to your grandma, could be frightening. There is a certain level of skepticism involved regarding whether you will be able to crack a fair deal or not. In order to get a reasonable price, you must set the price according to the ring’s craft and the diamond’s worth. This sounds easy, but in reality, it can be a troublesome task.

Read on to know how you can sell a vintage diamond ring at a fair price:

Get the Ring Appraised

Before setting a price, it is advisable to get the ring appraised, preferably from a jeweler. Make sure the jeweler is not interested in buying that antique diamond ring because his advice could influence you and the price of the ring. Try to obtain an unbiased appraisal relating to the antique diamond ring’s cut & uniqueness, condition, and to what extent it meets the antique ‘style’ quotient.

Acquire a Certification

If possible, try to get hold of a certificate from a genuine gemologist. This will permit you to set a higher price for the ring and attract more genuine buyers willing to pay that price.

Find Buyers Exclusively

At first, try to place an ad in a newspaper or a jewelry publication at a price you think is appropriate. Estimate the response of the market and how many buyers you are able to attract at this price. The reaction will help decide whether you scroll the price up or down.

Jewelry Store

It is a good idea to sell your ring at a store that sells antique jewelry. Since you now know the worth of your antique diamond ring, there are high chances that you will get a satisfying price from the buyer. If you feel the price being paid is unmatched to the ring’s worth, you can go elsewhere.

Online Selling

Consider selling your antique diamond ring at an online platform. This will not only permit you to place the lowest possible price that you want for the ring, but there high chances that people may end up biding higher (in case you attract more buyers). It will be plus point if you attach the appraisal and any certification obtained to substantiate your antique diamond ring.

How to Choose a Diamond Settings

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First engagement ring – 1.51ct princess cut diamond (G/VS, GIA), 2 0.30ct trillions (G/VS), platinum setting. Sent it back – it wasn’t the right one. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most popular type of setting for diamond jewelry is the prong setting. The setting holds the diamond strongly and prevents it from falling off. There are many varieties of diamond settings available that change the entire look of the diamond, making it more appealing.

The purpose of a setting is to enhance the impression and visibility of the diamond, while securing it sturdily. Few of the diamond settings are mentioned below:

Prong Settings:

Some common forms of prong settings are mentioned below, so choose according to your taste and preference:

Four-Prong Setting

If you want your diamond to look larger, choose a four-prong setting for your stone. Four-prongs are as strong as six-prongs, so opt for the one that visually appeals to you.

Six-Prong Setting

This is the most preferred choice among women. Besides being strong, six-prongs enhance the fire and brilliance of a diamond. Sadly, the chances of cloth and hair getting stuck into your ring are higher.

Cathedral Setting

This prong setting curves from the bottom of the diamond. If your diamond isn’t round or oval, opt for this setting to ensure the security of your precious stone.

Cross-Wire Lucida Prong Setting

If you are an athlete or a gym person, this prong setting is ideal for you. Cross-wire Lucida prong setting allows the diamond to assemble at the bottom without any chances of becoming loose.

Bezel Setting

If you want to hide any flaws present in your diamond, select this setting to hide any defects. Also, if your diamonds are small, Bezel setting makes them look bigger and brighter.

Channel Setting

If you have manifold diamonds and want them all to be studded in a single piece of jewelry, choose a channel setting. Channel setting enhances the whole look of the diamonds making them look stylish. This style suits both men and women.

Flush Setting

Small and flat diamonds can look attractive if studded into a flush setting. These diamond settings are ideally worn on a regular basis because they are not too showy.

A diamond setting matters to a great extent because they are one of the key determinants of a diamond’s look and appeal. It is worthwhile to decide upon your diamond jewelry setting before you purchase it for a special occasion.



How to Buy a Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Marquise cut diamond

English: Red Marquise cut glass gemstones. 14x7mm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the ideal choices you make for your engagement is opting for a marquise cut diamond engagement ring. The marquise cut is basically an oval cut diamond, which is long and slim. It tends to be nearer to your finger mainly due to its cut. Marquise cuts look beautiful on long and lean fingers as compared to short and wide ones.

Marquise diamond cuts are alternatively known as “Navette Cut”, having 50-58 facets. Whether you opt for an antique or vintage fashioned ring, every style looks good with a marquise cut diamond studded on it.

When buying a marquise cut diamond engagement ring, make sure you examine the stone based on the 4Cs criteria, like other diamonds.

  • Diamond Cut: A marquise cut must be ideally between length to width ratios of 1.75 to 2.25 to keep up with the ‘bow-tie’ effect; any measurement close to this ratio is also acceptable;
  • Diamond Color: It is recommended that you buy a marquise if its color is near to being colorless. however, if you want a fancy colored marquise cut, then the choice is yours;
  • Diamond Clarity: Any flaws or impurities present become more evident in a marquise cut diamond. Thus, before buying, ensure that you check for the clarity quotient;
  • Diamond Carat: Carat is not much of an issue because the cut and shape of a marquise diamond make it look larger than the carat weight.

Besides the 4Cs, there are many other considerations that need to be taken care of when buying a marquise cut diamond ring for your engagement:

  • The prong setting for the diamond ring should be such that it holds the diamond sturdily and does not tamper its tip.
  • Check if the marquise diamond is evenly cut from all sides and whether the curved sides match each other.
  • The bow tie should not be over-prominent in its look,
  • The diamond must be placed in the center of the metal band and should not be disproportionate.
  • Prefer buying a marquise cut diamond ring from a renowned seller who is a specialist in this category of diamond cuts.

It is recommended that you ask for a certificate along with the marquise cut diamond engagement ring apart from warranties and guarantees. Make your choice sensibly, taking into account the above mentioned tips and recommendations.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Jewelry Appraisal

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In the current economic climate, selling jewelry can provide instant cash to ease your financial woes. However, jewelry appraisal in New York is as difficult as it gets. With so many pawn and jewelry shops around the city, it becomes next to impossible to get a fair value of how much your precious metals are worth. You may end up selling your jewelry for far less than its actual worth. However, with the right mindset and some homework on your part, you can get the best value for your jewelry. Before you head down to the closest jewelry appraisal service or online jewelry appraisal, consider these few dos and don’ts to make sure you don’t end up earning less money than you should

DO – Check the Latest Rates

Precious stones and metals like diamonds, gems, and other jewelry material tend to increase in value overtime. However, you may end up selling your jewelry on a day when the market is down. Hence, it is advisable to check the latest market rates for your jewelry. If your jewelry has embedded diamonds on gold, then check the price of gold and diamond. Similarly, if your jewelry has gemstones with precious metals, determine their value as well. Expect a slightly lower value for your jewelry than the market price, but don’t sell it for over 10% lower!

DON’T – Sell To the First Jewelry Appraiser

This is the most common mistake that people make when getting their jewelry appraised. The fact is that every jewelry appraiser is looking to buy from you for less and sell it for more. Entering into a jewelry appraisal shop with this in mind will help you in avoiding the temptation to sell immediately.

DO – Check With At Least Three Jewelry Appraisers

Remember the three-rule! Visit at least three different jewelry appraisers to get a fair estimation of your jewelry’s worth. If you feel that you have the best quote from one based on the current market price, then go ahead and sell. But if you believe you are not getting fair rates then you can always visit another appraiser. The key is to be patient and good money will come along eventually!

DON’T – Sell In Bulk

Never make the mistake of selling your jewelry in bulk. This often leads to getting an under appreciated value of your jewelry. Different jewelry will have different age, cut, and karat value. By mixing your jewelry together, you are basically mixing high value jewelry with moderate value ones. And what’s the result? You end up getting a moderate value for your jewelry. Hence, make sure that you separate your jewelry and get them appraised accordingly. This will provide you with a better estimate of their worth.


A great way to get your jewelry appraised today is to look for online jewelry appraisers. AGI New York can provide you with the best value of your jewelry by using AGI instruments and other modern methods to determine their value. With our help, you can earn maximum cash on your jewelry!