Diamonds and gemstones come in many shapes and cuts, each with unique attributes that focus on different characteristics of the stone. The type and quality of the cut can greatly alter the look of the final piece and are important to think about when planning a design. You never know 'till you ask! Here is some info about the most popular cuts and styles used today.
Round Cut (Brilliant)
Princess cut stones have been rising in popularity and are the most popular of all the "Fancy Cuts". These stones are cut in a square shape with sharp corners. Princess cut diamonds are usually less expensive than brilliant cut diamonds because there is less waste when cutting out of the rough stone. Another advantage is that a princess cut diamond may actually have a smaller carat weight than a round diamond, and still look larger to the naked eye because of the large flat top. This makes princess a great way to maximize the look of a large diamond without breaking the bank.
Emerald and Baguette Cuts
Emerald and baguette cuts have a more unique look than most typical brilliant or modified brilliant cuts. They are usually rectangular in shape. Instead of focusing on brilliance and fire, these cuts focus on luster, whiteness and clarity of the diamond. With long linear areas of light and dark reflection, the stones tend to have a "Hall of mirrors" effect. The elegant look of the emerald and baguette cut was popular in years past and now has an antique look that's making a comeback.
The most joyful day of my life; October 15th 2016, when I married my beloved Peter Brooks. We joined our families in a beautiful sunlight ceremony right in front of the studio at our home in Braddock Heights, MD. With our children and family surrounding us we spoke our vows, exchanged rings, sealed with a kiss and embraced in a group hug with our children.
A tidal wave of excitement and planning started in early Fall as we organized and beautified the studio, gardens and our home. I’m grateful for all the friends and family that helped make the day perfect. We are especially grateful to Katie Urquiza in her extraordinary efforts in orchestrating our perfect day.
As a jeweler, I delighted in designing our wedding rings and wanted them to be a thoughtful representation of the themes of life that have been a foundation for our growing love of one another.
My ring is hand carved and cast in white gold. There are two joining tendrils. The four main diamonds represent Peter and I, and each of our children; Donya (Peter's grandmother's diamond, given to me by his mother, Marylin Brooks), Zach and Ryan. The small diamonds surrounding the main diamonds represent 9 aspects of consciousness. These 9 words are also engraved in Peters leaf-impression band; Peace, Discipline, Love, Excellence, Depth, Clarity, Loyalty, Joy and Strength. Ultimately the love in our hearts and the strength of what we have built together is something ineffable. I have been filled with love and joy not only for the special day we celebrated together, but for the love of so many family members and friends who shared this special moment with us.