A baguette diamond refers to both the shape and the cut of a diamond. There are innumerable styles of diamond cuts available. While certain cuts may go in and out of fashion, the outstanding brilliance of a round cut makes it the most popular cut by far. Baguette cuts have a simple, understated elegance, making them classic and timeless.
A baguette cut does not feature the brilliance of a round cut diamond; baguette diamonds are not designed for maximum sparkle. Instead, its facets are designed to create the illusion of an endless hall of mirrors.
Baguette diamonds are refined, classy, less flashy than round-cut diamonds, and appropriate for any occasion. Baguette-cut diamonds also work beautifully when set with accompanying stones.
History of the Baguette Diamond
For a diamond to be considered a baguette cut, the shape must be elongated from top to bottom, thin from side to side, and rectangular in shape. The baguette cut dates back to the 16th century and originates from a cut called the "hogback." The moniker "baguette" came into use in the 20th century. Baguette diamonds are common in vintage styles and were especially popular during the opulent Art Deco era of the 1920s thanks to their nouveau-look and non-traditional style.
Characteristics Of Baguette Diamonds
Baguette cuts are one of the most popular types of step cut diamonds. The facets of step-cut diamonds are rectangular, and these facets graduate from the face of the diamond just like a set of stairs. Other popular types of step cuts include the emerald cut, Asscher cut, and Carre cut. Baguette diamonds are often confused with emerald cuts, but closer examination reveals that emerald-cut gems have angled corners, while baguette diamonds feature pronounced, sharp corners that create a distinct rectangular shape.
Pros and Cons of Buying a Baguette Diamond
Before buying a baguette diamond, you might want to weigh the pros and cons.
- Baguette diamonds are classic, modest, and perfect for daily wear.
- Baguettes make perfect shoulder stones to accent a center stone.
- The hall-of-mirrors effect in a baguette diamond creates beautiful reflections.
- A baguette diamond is not for you if you want a very large and showy diamond.
- Baguette diamonds are relatively small and feature a maximum of 24 facets.
- Baguette diamonds don't have the intense brilliance of other diamond shapes and cuts.
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