The baguette-cut diamond is a rectangular-shaped diamond. The baguette cut is part of the “step cut” family along with the emerald and Asscher cut diamonds. While they may all look similar there are some key differences to note.
History of the Baguette Cut
The Baguette cut got its rise during the Art Deco and the Art Nouveau periods of the ‘20s and ‘30s. While the name is the same as the French bread, it was not named after it. Both the bread and the diamond got their name from the French word for “stick.”
Jewelers started using baguette-cut diamonds in all sorts of jewelry, from pendants to rings.
Today, the popularity of the baguette cut has switched from being the main stone to being the accent stone. It’s popular to find these cuts on eternity bands, bracelets, and more. If done correctly, a more extended baguette can be used as a center stone.
Characteristics Of Baguette Cut Diamonds
The baguette cuts often lack the brilliance of their step-cut relatives. This cut has a lesser number of facets, leading to a lack of brilliance. It is recommended to purchase one with a higher quality grade so that there is more of a sparkle. This minimizes any imperfections you see with the naked-eye.
Since these stones are often used as accent stones for eternity bands, it is best to color match the center stone. It is best to get the highest color grade you can. This is especially important to do if you get a diamond that is closer to white. This minimizes the difference in color.
The Baguette Cut vs Other Cuts
- Emerald cuts have up to 58 facets, while baguettes only have 14 facets
- Baguette cuts are typically sold in smaller carats than the other cuts
- Perfectly squared edges
While these are a very vintage style and perfect for that classic design, the baguette cut diamonds are perfect as side stones for eternity bands. These cuts are also good as accent stones in engagement rings and in wedding bands.
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