- Fancy-shaped diamonds (i.e. pear, oval, princess, and radiant) can save you up to 25% more than a round brilliant diamond of the same size.
That is because, for such shapes, less of the rough diamond is lost during the cutting process. For example, for princess cut diamonds, 80% of the stone is “saved”, which makes this diamond shape way more affordable than its round counterpart.
- Emerald cut diamonds can be the cheapest shape!
Emerald cut diamonds can save you even more money than the aforementioned fancy shapes because they have step cuts (or facets, that look a bit like a staircase).
Their simpler design means they need less precision work to be achieved. They also use more of the rough diamond, all of which results in cost savings.
Note: the faceting being so minimal and simple, inclusions tend to show more with this cut than with any other and a lower color grade will be badly hidden by this type of cut. So if you decide to go for an emerald cut diamond, make sure to stay with a very high-quality diamond (which in turn makes it more expensive…)