Quick Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles

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Gemstone Cut Types - Shapes and Styles
If you are looking at buying that special jewelry piece designed with beautiful faceted gemstones there is a lot to consider. With so many choices in the market, picking the right stone and cut can be overwhelming. This blog post includes a chart of gemstones cut styles and questions to consider before purchasing that perfect gem.  

Did you know how much time it takes to cut a gemstone?  A small gem takes four to five hours to cut, while medium size gemstones take anywhere from five to eight hours. Other intricate gem styles can take two or more days. 

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Gemstone Cutting Styles Chart

 

Gemstone Type  Gemstone Facts
Round Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Round
Most popular with 58 facets
Cushion Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Cushion
Most popular with 58 facets

Radiant Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Radiant 

Most popular cut.
Princess Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Princess 
Most popular with 57 facets
Asscher Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Asscher 
74 facets
Trilliant Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Trilliant 
Most popular with 31-50 facets
Heart Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Heart 
Most popular with 56-58 facets

Lozenge Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Lozenge 

8 facets
Oval Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles

Oval 
Most popular with 58 facets
Baguette Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Baguette 
Most popular with 14 facets
Emerald Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Emerald
Most popular with 50 facets
Tapered Baguette Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Tapered Baguette 
Most popular with 14 facets.
Pear Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles

Pear 

58 facets
Marquise Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Marquise 
Most popular with 57 facets

Half-Moon Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Half Moon

Rhomboid Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Rhomboid

Whistle Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Whistle
Trapeze Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Trapeze
Bullet Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Bullet
Fan Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Fan

Kite Cut Style | Guide to Gemstone Cutting Styles
Kite

 

Green and pink tourmaline gemstones - emerald and baguette cut styles

Green and pink tourmaline gemstones - emerald and baguette cut styles

Before purchasing your ideal gemstone ask yourself these simple questions during the process. As you go through each question, it will help narrow down your choices. 

Simple Checklist for Gemstone Jewelry Shopping

        • Establish a budget. A budget helps determine what types of gems fall into your price range. 
        • Familiarize yourself with the 4 C's about gems. The four C's are color, clarity, cut and carat. The 4 C's determine the value and cost of a gem. The 4 C's will help you understand the quality and style cut of your gemstone purchase. 
        • Ask yourself how important is a gems durability? How will your gemstone wear overtime? Are you rough on jewelry? These questions will narrow down what stones fit within your lifestyle. Review the Mohs Hardness Scale . The Mohs scale measures the hardness of various minerals from 1 through 10 - one being the softest and ten the hardest. A softer a stone is more likely to get damaged and requires special care.  
        • Learn about how to care for your gemstone. Some stones can not be put in an ultrasound cleaner, while others can. So, it is important to understand how to care for your gemstone jewelry. 



           
California Handbag & Jewelry Designer, Lisa Ramos
This blog post is written by California designer, Lisa Ramos who is a member of the International Gem Society (IGS) .

 


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