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The 3 Diamond Cuts You Need to Know Now

  |   By Nicole Keen

When it comes to the hottest diamond trends, everything old really is new again, and many couples are rediscovering heritage cuts. If you're looking for something unusual, a tried-and-true diamond cut is definitely worth investigating and will certainly give you a different look than the round brilliant and princess cuts that have dominated in recent years. Here are three of our fave heritage cuts:

1. Cushion Cut (see above)

Also referred to as the "pillow cut," the cushion cut is known for its rounded corners and larger facets (to increase sparkle). This cut is classic and romantic with a subtle nod to the past.

2. Asscher Cut

The Asscher cut is similar to the emerald cut but in a square shape instead of a rectangle, and is known for creating a "hall of mirrors effect." First created by Joseph Asscher in 1902, this cut is pleasingly antique-looking.

3. Rose Cut

The rose cut is the most unusual of the three, due to the fact that the stone is flat on the bottom with facets on top (the opposite of all other cuts). Rose cut diamonds date all the way back to the 1500s and are perfect for the non-traditional bride.

This article was originally published on Aug 29, 2011

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