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A Guide to Diamond Cuts

Those not versed in the complexities of jewelry may be intimidated by the ring jargon being tossed around at a fine jewelry store such as H&H Jewels. Don’t be scared off! Our on-site, certified gemologists are glad to explain the basics of gem, jewelry, and timepiece terminology, even to the most inexperienced jewelry buyer. We understand that the Miami jewelry scene can sometimes be overwhelming. H&H Jewels loves to educate our patrons, even if they do not make a purchase. We are confident that the more a person knows, the more they will love our showroom and all of the amazing pieces we have to offer.

Let us start with some of the basics. Engagement rings. We’ve almost all thought about them before, and many of us may be or were confused and turned off by the complex nomenclature of styles, cuts, bands, gems, and level of quality. Today’s blog is solely about the different types of gem cuts that a shopper may run across when jewelry shopping. Here are the most common types with corresponding examples:


  • Cushion Cut – Sometimes referred to as “pillow-cut”, this style has seen a recent resurgence in popularity.
  • Marquise Cut – Known to be a high quality style, this beautiful cut maximizes a diamonds carat weight.
  • Pear Cut – Also called a “teardrop cut”, a pear-cut gem is known for its timeless elegance.
  • Heart Cut - Another good style to get the most out of your carat weight. Make sure this style is cut proportionately and has a defined cleft.
  • Rose Cut – A popular style from the 16th to the 18th century, this classic cut is still impressive and robust.
  • Radiant Cut – A sophisticated cut that is similar to the emerald cut.
  • Oval Cut -Essentially an elongated round cut, this style is great for women with small hands or short fingers.
  • Asscher Cut – Designed to reflect the greatest amount of light, the asscher cut creates the appearance of repeat squares over its face.
  • Princess Cut – Popular, yet dramatic, this London-originated style is brilliant when cut to certain proportions.
  • Round Cut - Gem buyers can’t go wrong with this classic cut. Elegant, gorgeous, and symmetrical.
  • Emerald Cut – The wide, open table and steep-cut pavillion give this style a unique and bold look.