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CUT - Most people think that cut of a diamond refers to it's shape. That's not so. It actually refers to way a diamond is shaped to refract light, thus enabling it to sparkle. This is quite an art and requires that each facet of stone be cut at precise angles to each other, in correct shape and size, to bring about desired effect. Each diamond shape has different measurements for it's particular dimensions. There are eight basic shapes popular today, and they are, in no particular order; heart, princess, pear, marquise, radiant, emerald, oval and round.
Understanding these characteristics can make a diamond jewelry purchase much less nerve-racking. You're spending a good deal of money; it's nice to know what you're spending it on!
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