When you go diamond shopping, you have one of the most marveling creations by mother nature before you, and what makes it unique is that there is no other diamond that is an exact match to the one you see. Of all of the rollercoaster of emotions that we experience when we are purchasing a diamond, we often forget what to look for.
An important characteristic of a diamond is its cut. The cut is in direct correlation to the shape, and how the diamond will sparkle in its setting. The average shopper will be familiar with the basic cut of the diamond that is the round or oval diamond- the cut that has unbelievable brilliance that shimmers crackling fire. What we don’t see often, is the step diamond cut-which is striking, stylish and quite the trendsetter at the moment. Let us take a look at what it is.
What Are Step Cut Diamonds?
These are diamonds that are cut with a rectangular facet that graduate from the face of the diamond like a series of continuous steps, hence the name. This creates a unique ‘hall of mirrors’ effect that will mesmerize you. There are 4 predominant styles of step cut diamond, and they are:
A Brief Look Into The Different Styles Of Step Cut Diamonds
There are different types of step cut diamonds, as penned down previously. The one thing that they all have in common is that they tend to be longer and more rectangular in shape. The shape of a brilliant diamond can vary from a pear to even a square or oval shape.
Because of their regal look, it is a fan favorite amongst the royals and cash-strapped celebrities. The diamond is rectangular in shape with eight sides. The sides are smoothened and the corners are clipped so as to create miniature edges. The hall of mirrors effect is prominent in this type of step cut diamond, making as though the diamond goes on and on.
To the untrained eye, it is similar to a princess cut diamond, mostly due to its shape. With a closer look, one would notice cuts running from the corners to the center in a step-like fashion.
The corners are sharper here, and there is a distinct rectangular shape. Such diamonds don’t sparkle as much; however, they do create a hologram-like effect.
These are the least popular of the step-diamond styles. However, it is worth the look as the diamond creates a distinct pyramidal shape when it is viewed from above.