I don’t think there’s a woman in the world who can dislike diamond jewellery. Whether it’s a little diamond studded flower or swirl on a smooth gold bangle, or diamond pendants on the latest mangalsutra designs, diamonds can be alluring, bewitching and endearing. The round brilliant diamond is what most people imagine when they think of a diamond. Though round brilliant diamonds are very popular and used by most jewellers, whether it’s in gold bangles designs or necklaces, these are not the only type of diamonds used in contemporary Indian jewellery.
Here’s some information on the different types of diamonds used these days:
Round Brilliant Diamonds
Round with a cone shaped bottom, the Round Brilliant is the classic diamond cut, popular in every style of diamond jewellery from engagement rings to fashion pendants, necklaces and bracelets. First created in 1919 by Marcel Tolkowsky, brilliant round cut diamonds have traditionally been the most popular diamond shape. Tolkowsky used advanced mathematical concepts to craft and cut a shape that would maximize the diamond’s brilliance and sparkle.
The round cut boasts 58 facets yet still maintains a large percentage of the stone’s original weight. Because of its symmetrical shape, it captures light beautifully, putting the stone’s natural fire, brilliance, and sparkle on display.
The Round Brilliant cut is the most expensive cut of diamond. This is because up to 50% of the original rough diamond weight is lost to cutting and polishing, due to the strict measurements required for a brilliant cut. Also, this style of cut requires an almost perfect octahedron shaped rough diamond crystal, which are rare and not found easily.
Princess Cut Diamonds
The princess cut diamond was created only in 1961. Arpad Nagy, a diamond cutter living in London, created what he initially called the profile cut. However, the name did not stick, and the square shape eventually became referred to as the princess cut.
Princess cut diamonds are less expensive than the round cut. This is because a lower percentage of the original diamond is wasted while creating a princess cut diamond as compared to creating a round cut one.
Princess cut diamonds have four corners that can easily snag on your clothing or hair. This can be frustrating if it happens repeatedly, especially since it can lead to chipping over time. The best way to avoid this problem is to protect the four corners of a princess cut diamond with a four-prong setting to prevent snags.
An uncut diamond is a stone that has not been shaped in any particular form by a professional cutter, and has not been polished.
These days, it is fashionable to wear jewellery that uses uncut diamonds. I think it’s like the latest trend in interiors. Bare brick walls with no plastering or painting is the preferred décor in many modern homes and offices!! Likewise, the trend of uncut diamonds in jewellery. It is very impressive and avant-garde.
Polki diamonds are one of the oldest forms of diamonds, originating in India long before Western cutting methods were seen there. They often retain their original rough form and have an unfaceted, polished surface. They are semi-polished uncut stones, placing them somewhere between the uncut diamonds and the highly treated round cut or princess cut diamonds.
The appeal of polki is that they generally are cut to follow the original rough stone so no two are alike and they impart a distinctiveness that makes each piece unique. Another characteristic is the light they give off is much softer compared to the sparkle of modern cuts.
Polki entered India along with the Mughals about hundreds of years ago. Other than Mughals, the royals of Rajasthan and Gujrat have also popularized polki. Bikaner specialises in the art of making polki jewellery.
At Vaibhav Jewellers, you will find a wide range of polki gold bangle designs, various varieties of South Indian Jewellery in gold, silver and diamond. With a 25 year legacy, they have a retail presence of 55,000sqft spanning coastal Andhra and Telangana. Their 12 stores have been catering to the needs of lakhs of customers since 1994. They also offer an array of benefits to customers:
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