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Diamond Cuts Through the Years

May 15th, 2024

an oval cut center stone with a halo setting and diamonds along the band of this rose gold Hearts On Fire engagement ring.

Throughout history, various diamond cuts have waxed and waned in popularity. From the intricate artistry of the old mine cuts in the 18th century to the precise symmetry of modern brilliant cuts, each style reflects the aesthetic and technological advancements of its era. Historically, certain styles surged in popularity as they resonated with the cultural and artistic movements of the time, only to be overtaken by new innovations that better captured the spirit of subsequent generations. This cyclical nature ensures that the legacy and charm of each cut continue to influence designs at Rogers Jewelry Co. today.

Table Cut (Early 1400s)

Dating back to the early 1400s, the table cut marked one of the earliest efforts to enhance the brilliance of precious stones. It featured a simple, flat top and a slightly rounded bottom, offering a modest reflective surface. Popular during the Renaissance, this cut represented the initial steps toward more complex diamond faceting techniques that would develop in later centuries.

close up of a woman’s hand wearing an asscher cut engagement ring

Asscher Cut (Early 1900s)

Introduced in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers of Holland, this unique cut quickly found its niche among luxury enthusiasts. With its deep pavilion, high crown, and square shape, the Asscher cut became emblematic of the Art Deco era's opulent aesthetics. It remains favored by those who appreciate a blend of vintage charm and sophisticated clarity.

Emerald Cut (1920s)

Also gaining its fame during the Art Deco period of the 1920s, this cut is cherished for its clean lines and step-cut facets which emphasize the clarity of the stone rather than its sparkle. The emerald cut's understated elegance and rectangular form make it a timeless choice for those who value a sophisticated and refined appearance in their jewelry.

close up image of a round cut diamond against a black background

Round Cut (1919)

Perfected by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919, this cut revolutionized diamond faceting with its ideal proportions designed to maximize light reflection. Known for its exceptional brilliance and fire, the round cut quickly became the most popular choice for engagement rings and fine jewelry, maintaining its top position to this day thanks to its versatility and stunning visual appeal.

Princess Cut (1980s)

Developed in the early 1980s, this cut is celebrated for its sharp angles and contemporary style. With its square shape and intricate faceting, the princess cut provides a modern alternative that captures and reflects light dramatically. It quickly rose in popularity among those seeking a blend of traditional sparkle with a bold, geometric aesthetic in their engagement rings and other jewelry pieces.

a yellow gold oval cut halo engagement ring

Oval Cut (1960s)

Introduced in the 1960s by diamond cutter Lazare Kaplan, the oval cut offers a unique twist on traditional round diamonds by elongating the shape and enhancing the stone's overall brilliance. Its popularity has grown steadily, especially for engagement rings, as it flatters the finger by making it appear longer and slimmer, merging classic appeal with a touch of modern elegance.


Now, the most sought-after cuts for diamonds blend traditional brilliance with modern aesthetics. The round brilliant cut leads in popularity due to its unparalleled sparkle. Following closely are the princess and cushion cuts, offering distinct angles and vintage charm. The oval and emerald cuts are favored for their elongating and elegant shapes, while the Asscher cut remains a niche favorite for its Art Deco sophistication.

a pair of white gold princess cut diamond stud earrings

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Discover the perfect expression of love and commitment with the exquisite selection of diamond jewelry at Rogers Jewelry Co. With locations in Modesto, Elk Grove, Folsom, Fresno, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, California, and Reno, Nevada, Rogers Jewelry Co. is your premier destination for breathtaking loose diamonds, designer engagement rings, and fine jewelry. Whether you are celebrating a milestone or just want to add a touch of luxury to your collection, find your match in our extensive and carefully curated selections. For a truly personalized shopping experience, request an appointment for a consultation with our knowledgeable team members.