Baguette diamond rings; step cuts with a difference
Baguette diamond rings are named after a long, narrow loaf of french bread.
Not very glamorous is it?
They also have a resemblance to emerald rings but without the mitred corners that make them octagonal.
The step cut used to cut rectangular stones which include baguettes was a simple cut used by the earliest jewelers for many gemstones including emeralds and diamonds.
The preferred it because it was relatively easy to cut, especially with the limited tools and technology available then.
Baguette diamond rings do not make the brightest & fieriest diamonds.
Who would want a baguette diamond?
A few people prefer their jewelery to be quieter and more understated, in which case, they may prefer a baguette cut.
Being an old style of cutting diamonds, the only reason any diamond cutter would choose a baguette diamond in say a diamond ring would be for weight retention of the diamond.
This meant it was possible to get a larger diamond for a lesser amount of money.
Cutters also like the baguette because of the simplicity of making the cut. It is labor saving and cost efficient.
Some cutters select the baguette for small stones that are set along with a large center stone, usually small baguettes around a large brilliant or other cut.
Baguette cuts are also good for channel and pave diamond settings as they don’t leave space between stones when being set.
In smaller sizes, they are nice for eternity rings.
Baguette diamonds are normally expensive due to the fact that very high quality diamonds have to be used to make them.
This is because inclusions are very easily seen in baguette diamonds.
The main drawback of the baguette is that a diamond ring can be very unimpressive if the quality of the stone is poor due to the table having dark shadowy areas.
You don’t want that in any diamond!
The Optimum Shape to width ratio is 1.5:1, and can go up to 2.5: 1.
The labor cost involved in cutting and shaping the stone is comparatively low.
If you want something really different opt for baguette rings.
If you are on the lookout for a long stone with a subdued and sophisticated elegance then baguette diamond rings are for you.