Fancy Shape Diamonds

Everything you need to know about Fancy Shape Diamonds

Despite the exclusivity implied in the name, the “Fancy Shape” diamond cut is simply used to describe all diamond cut shapes that are not round-brilliant cuts. In general, round-cut pink diamonds have dominated the market for quite some time, making up more than 70% of the total number of diamond cuts sold today. Most of the remainder of cut diamonds on the market fall within the “Fancy Cut” category.

Settings for Fancy Shape Diamonds

Whilst a classic prong set up works well with round cut diamonds, fancy shapes are generally more suited to a more customised setup in order to maximise their visual appeal. For example, when it comes to enhancing the overall appearance of fancy shape diamonds, three-diamond engagement rings can be very effective. When pairing fancy cuts with suitable metals, choices should be made wisely. Fancy cut diamonds such as Asscher and Emerald cuts come with very few table facets, which makes it more difficult to mask any inclusions. With this type of diamond, light metals such as platinum can actually end up highlighting any flaws present in the jewellery. Darker metals can therefore be a more appropriate choice. However, imperfections in other diamonds such as the “Princess” or “Radiant cut” are much more difficult to see. Platinum would therefore be more suitable metal pairing for these types of diamond.

Jewellery Types

As well as being popularly used in engagement rings, fancy shape diamonds can also lend themselves well to earrings and pendants. In terms of pendants, heart and pear-shaped diamonds are particularly good choices. Pear cuts can be especially flattering, as their shape tends to follow the natural curve line of the neck. Alternatively, the best way to show off a heart shape is by making it the centrepiece of the necklace. In terms of earrings, the most appropriate shape to use is usually a “Princess” cut. The multiple facets featured in this cut enhance the shine and sparkle of the finished product. Princess shaped diamonds also come with a larger table than that of a round cut, which in turn provides access to a larger diamond piece to work with.

Fashion Trends

Demand for fancy shaped diamonds has varied throughout the years in accordance with changing trends. From the 1950s through to the glamorous 1970s, there was a general preference for the Emerald cut diamond. However, by the 1980s, the fancy cut diamond gained dramatic new popularity. The era brought in a craze for bigger hair volume, brighter colours, and geometric shapes. As a result, fancy cuts (and princess shape diamonds in particular) became extremely desirable.

In recent years, there has been a further shift in public preference towards the design of Cushion cuts, which combine the brilliance of the princess cut with an unconventional shape.

Coloured Diamonds and Fancy Cuts

The best way to purchase fancy diamond shapes is usually to choose coloured varieties. When working with coloured diamonds, most diamond cutters will tend to opt for fancy cuts as opposed to a round cut, as this helps to maximize the carat weight of the diamond.

Investing in Fancy Shape Diamonds

Fancy shaped diamonds can be a fantastic way to create a piece that will enhance any ensemble. Fancy shapes can also provide an opportunity to obtain a larger weight in terms of carat without having to make any sacrifice in terms of colour or clarity. Make sure you pick a cut that is known for concealing inclusions. If you are interested in investing in fancy cut pink diamonds, you will need to decide on the best investment service provider for your requirements. At Argyle Diamond Investments, we offer you access to high-quality coloured diamonds originating straight from the popular Argyle Diamond Mine in Australia. So, contact us and make your diamond investment decision today!
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