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    The cut is what reveals the sparkle of a diamond

    Choosing the right cut for a precious stone is essential in order to bring out the ‘inner fire’ inherent to the diamond. Only when the diamond is given the right cut, can it reveal its unmatched sparkle to perfection.

    The Diamond

    The cut is one of the four main criteria for appraising diamonds. The other three are colour, carat and clarity. The associated process of faceting serves to eliminate any inclusions. This improves the diamond’s quality while retaining as much carat as possible. There are numerous styles of cutting but only a few are suitable to do justice to the particular characteristics of diamonds and to allow the diamond’s brilliance to achieve the greatest impact. Old cuts were customary up until the early part of the 20th century.

    Round brilliant diamonds

    The round brilliant cut significantly accentuates the brilliance of the diamond and its 56 facets better. This cut generally has 32 facets at the top as far as the girdle, without the flat table, and 24 facets at the pavilion. The facets reflect the light to perfection. This cut is especially popular for solitaires.

    The flawless, round brilliant cut of selected diamonds is what enhances the special appeal of Wagner’s Collection Solitaire.

    Princess-cut diamonds

    The princess cut – which is to some extent similar to the round brilliant cut but is square in shape – accentuates the brilliance of the modern rectangular cut. The number of facets can range between 57 and 76, depending on the size of the diamond. This relatively new cut has been adopted since the 1970s and creates an extremely distinctive effect.

    Wagner’s Solitaire No. 4 Princess represents a glittering version of the princess cut.

    Emerald-cut diamonds

    The emerald cut with its 57 facets may be one of what are now historical cuts but nonetheless it did not really came into fashion until the 1920s. This has been the name used for it since that time. Special features of this cut are the wide, flat table, the truncated corners and the step cut, which show a diamond that is suitable for this particular cut off to its best advantage. This type of cut makes the clarity of a diamond obvious.

    The sparkling Wagner Solitaire No. 14 ring is an exclusive version of an emerald-cut diamond.

    Baguette-cut diamonds

    The baguette cut is closely related to the emerald cut and has been used since the mid-1920s. Unlike emerald-cut diamonds, it has just two rows of steps and hence less facets thanks to its slimmer, rectangular form.

    You will find exceptional, stunning baguette-cut diamonds in Wagner’s Collection Rivière & More.

    Cushion-cut diamonds

    This cut with its rounded corners is a version of the square princess cut. Its generous facets lend it additional brilliance. This style of cut has been extremely popular since the 19th century. The cushion cut with 58 facets is exquisite in appearance and lends a very individual and romantic flair to a ring – both with or without side stones. As a solitaire ring in particular, it is among the most popular of our timeless classics.

    Cushion-cut diamonds form the heart of the eloquent jewellery in Wagner’s Solitaire Collection No. 14.

    Navette-cut diamonds

    The elongated boat cut, or navette cut, which has two pointed ends is reminiscent of the hull of a boat. Historically, it is also termed the marquise cut. It is related to the brilliant cut on account of the 56 facets and its table, despite its elliptical form. Colour and clarity are significant factors here. What is more, the harmonious proportions of a diamond cut in this particular style make it appear larger on the wearer’s finger.

    You will find beautiful navette-cut diamonds in Wagner’s exclusive Masterpiece Jewellery Collection.

    Pear-cut diamonds

    This cut, which is unusual for precious stones, is also termed a pendeloque cut, as its shape resembles that of a watch pendant. It is a modified combination of the brilliant cut and the marquise cut. A diamond with this type of cut has both a rounded and a pointed end. This shape is ideally suited for a solitaire ring. The large number of facets gives a pear-cut diamond similar brilliance to brilliant-cut diamonds.

    Pear-cut diamonds lend Wagner’s Aura Collection a remarkable flair.

    Heart-shaped diamonds

    Among the different styles of cut, the heart cut is considered special because of its symbolic significance. It is eminently suitable for engagement rings. Its prominent table facet, which immediately catches the eye, makes it one of the more complex cuts. The brilliance and the fire of the 56 to 58 facets of a diamond cut in this shape are comparable to those of a brilliant-cut diamond. Perfectly symmetrical proportions are essential for this cut to look harmonious.

    You will find beautiful heart-cut diamonds in Wagner’s sparkling Aura Heart.