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Diamond: 1.5 Carat
GIA Certified
Color: D
Clarity: VVS
Cut: Round Brilliant
Platinum 4 prong setting

Popular Diamond Shapes and Cuts

Round - Also called Brilliant, this is the diamond that is a favorite in engagement rings.  round diamonds
Emerald Cut - So-called because emeralds are often cut this way, rectangular or square, with facets polished diagonally across the corners. emerald cut diamonds
Marquise - A pointed boat shape, usually long and narrow. In a ring, it tends to make the fingers look slim.   marquise diamond cut
Pear Shape - popular in rings and often used in pendants. The world's largest cut diamond, Cullinan I, mounted in the British Royal Sceptre, is a pear shape. pear diamonds
Oval - an adaptation of the brilliant shape. The marquise, pear shape and oval all appear to be larger than a brilliant of the same carat weight. oval diamond


diamond shapes and loose diamond cuts
The cut of a diamond will determine how light is refracted back out and this will determine the fire and brilliance of the stone. A well cut diamond refracts nearly all the light entering it out of the top (crown) and sides. This results in the form of greater fire (colored light) and more brilliance (white light).

Some Notable Diamonds

Such mystique surrounds diamonds, that the largest have been given names. Some historic diamonds include:

The Hope Diamond:

Cut from a 132.5 carat gem, this 45.52 carat blue cushion is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution and is known for its famous curse. Most of those who owned it died in revolutions, suffered scandal, or met with financial ruin.

The Cullinan:

The two largest gem diamonds in existence were cut from the same huge rough stone, a 3,106 carat diamond weighing IVi pounds and measuring 2 x 2 % x 4 inches. It was discovered in 1705 in a South African mine and was presented to King Edward VII of England. The stone was cut to form Cullinan 1. A second cleavage produced the 317.4 carat Cullinan II, now mounted in the British Crown, plus 116 other gems.

The Taylor-Burton:

This 69.42 carat pear was cut from a 240.8 carat rough found in 1966. It was sold at auction to Cartier of New York for $1,050,000 and purchased the next day by actor Richard Burton for his wife, at the time, actress Elizabeth Taylor.

The Regent:

This 140.5 carat cushion brilliant, now on display in the Louvre, was once one of the French crown jewels. It graced the hat of Marie Antoinette and later the hilt of Napoleon's sword.

The Florentine:

Most famous of the world's lost diamonds is this 137.27 carat yellow, whose history dates from the 15th Century. After a succession of owners, it became a part of the Austrian crown jewel collection. The gem disappeared during World War I when the Austrian imperial family was forced into Swiss exile.

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