Everything you need to know about baguette-shaped diamonds
The word “baguette” is a French word for “long rod.” It is why the traditional long and tapered French bread is also named after its “baguette” shape. This gemstone cut rose to popularity in the mid-1920s when geometric symmetry became a fad in the art industry.
The Baguette shape diamond is a gemstone with a baguette-cut, which is a variant of the step-cut design that became popular during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. The baguette shape is characterised by a rectangular shape with octagonal edges with 14 facets. The design is similar to the emerald cut design used to accent and highlight the jewellery’s centerpiece. It is because of this type of cut that it doesn’t offer as much brilliance or sparkle compared to the popular round cuts, which most highly-priced diamonds are presented in.
The word “baguette” is a French word for “long rod.” It is why the traditional long and tapered French bread is also named after its “baguette” shape. This gemstone cut rose to popularity in the mid-1920s when geometric symmetry became a fad in the art industry. Today, the baguette shape is not as popular as it was at its peak, but it is still widely used for many jewellery designs in the market.
Baguettes focus on lustre rather than brilliance
The baguette shape design for gemstones focuses on the lustre of the diamond as opposed to its brilliance or sparkle. Lustre is how much light is reflected at the surface of the gem. Brilliance, on the other hand, is the amount of light reflected from the inside of a gemstone. Round and Princess cuts for diamonds use cuts that increase the brilliance of the gem. The light comes from inside the diamond, making it sparkle.
What is the difference between a Baguette and an Emerald cut?
Most buyers often confuse the emerald cut with baguette-cut because of the apparent similar design, but the two are very different. While the baguette-cut comes with 14 facets, the emerald cut flaunts 50 to 58 facets. The baguette-cut comes with a slightly narrow and elongated shape as opposed to emerald cuts. Not just that, baguette shapes are available in a smaller carat number as opposed to the emerald cut. In terms of brilliance, both don’t have as much sparkle as the design focuses more on symmetry than in using cuts that refract light better. It is because of this seemingly “lack” of brilliance that relegated the classic baguette as a secondary role in a jewellery piece.
How to use Baguette Cut Pink Diamonds
Baguette-shaped diamonds are usually used as an accent rather than being the centerpiece. The reason is that baguette diamonds tend to be thin and more symmetrical than the central diamond in the ensemble. It is also a cost-effective option for jewellery makers wanting to add flair using regularly-shaped diamonds. The small, rectangular-shaped diamonds look particularly sophisticated and elegant, perfect for accentuating a ring, necklace or a wedding band.
Tapered Baguette Pink Diamond
A popular variation of the Baguette diamond is the tapered version where the side narrows down on one end forming a trapezoid. A tapered baguette has the elegance and sparkle of an emerald cut, though not as much as a traditional round cut. Tapered baguette diamonds are usually set on both sides of the centre stone to make it look bigger. A perfect combination of tapered baguettes with straight baguettes makes a unique yet elegant jewellery design.
The Perfect Baguette Shaped Diamond
There are a lot of things to consider when selecting the perfect baguette shaped diamonds. First is that the baguette-cut became popular because it is a stark deviation from the usual round cut designs. The baguette design focuses more on geometrical symmetry, which makes flaws easier to see. The gem cutter needs to ensure all cuts are done perfectly as a small flaw will ruin the entire cut. The perfect baguette-shaped diamond brings fire and lustre despite its limited fourteen facet design.
Brilliant cuts like the princess or round tend to sparkle more as compared to the baguette even if the stone used has the same grade and colour. It is because of the refraction of light inside the gem, round and princess cuts take advantage of how light works, making the gem brilliant and bright.
Baguette-shaped diamonds tend to be smaller as compared to other gemstone cuts. This cut might not be as popular as the ones available in the market, but they are a class of its own, especially with coloured diamonds.
The Art behind Baguette shaped diamonds
Sophistication and artistic geometry are the main inspiration for the creation of the baguette-cut design. The futuristic style pushed forward by modern art deco and art nouveau movements favour the baguette for its simplistic look. Wedding bands and engagement rings work well with baguette cuts as symmetrical patterns represent the orderly and organised nature of wedding engagements and marriage.
Why Choose Baguette diamonds?
The Baguette cut is different from conventional gemstone cuts but has an allure that attracts people who love individuality. Women, especially those who like to go against the grain and stand out, typically buy unique gemstone cuts like the baguette. Aside from these, the baguette shaped diamond invokes a minimalist and clean look. It has less adornment and exudes beauty from its simple design.
Baguette diamonds are also light-weight compared to other gemstone cuts. It makes jewellery using this type of diamond comfortable to wear and not cumbersome. It is best used as an adornment for rings or necklaces. Baguettes are also thinner compared to other gems, making it versatile for use in decorations. People who are daring and willing to go against the norm will like the look of jewellery made with baguette shaped diamonds.
The Art behind Baguette shaped diamonds
How to choose the best Baguette shaped diamond?
When picking the best baguette for jewellery design, make sure to check the brilliance and sparkle of the same. An ideally cut baguette has a shimmer that isn’t totally dull. Also, look for imperfections in the lines, as the symmetry of design is the baguette’s central motif. Another thing you need to remember is that baguette-cut should be slightly higher in terms of colour as it performs better with coloured diamonds. The clarity grade also comes into play when concealing visible flaws and baguette cuts are also relatively cheaper than any other cut allowing people to go for larger carats.
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