The 21st century has seen a radical change in jewelry styles. Long gone is the era of big chunky jewelry with expensive bigger stone embellishments, today classic elegant statement jewelry made of smaller diamond cut stones have stolen the show. Diamond cut or brilliant cut sapphires and rubies make for beautiful, eye-catching jewelry pieces. Instead of a single larger stone, skilled jewelers utilize 5-20 smaller diamond cut precious gems like blue sapphires or rubies to create a beautiful, unique setting.
While many jewelers excel in a number of cuts like the princess cut, the cushion cut, the emerald cut and more, diamond cut stones are timeless and have the versatility to be used in a number of ways. You can read more about the various cuts of stones here:
So what makes diamond cut jewelry so popular?
- Cost efficient: Most millennials today who come to the jewelry market, fall within the mid-market earning strata. With limited financial resources, splurging extravagantly on a huge, one of a kind stone might de-rail most young people from many of their dreams and aspirations. Diamond cut stones come to the rescue here. Diamond cut blue sapphires can be set together to make a beautiful intricate jewelry piece, especially a statement engagement ring, with each stone staring as cheap at 15$! You don’t need to spend millions for your declaration of love now!
- Variety: Not only blue sapphires but this elegant cut can be precisely given to a number of gems like rubies, yellow sapphires, pink sapphires, orange sapphires and green sapphires. Rarer ones like black sapphires, white or colourless sapphires and Burmese blood red rubies are best accentuated when their natural beauty is perfectly cut and finished with the brilliant cut. If you are looking for a unique gemstone that speaks volumes about you as a person, diamond cut gems are the way to go.
- Versatility: While faceted gems can be round, square or rectangular, the classic round diamond shape has dominated the market since Tiffany and co, introduced the popular solitaire design in the 1880s. Round faceted diamond cut sapphires and rubies in any color can be set into geometric, floral or abstract shapes and are not restricted by the shape geometry of squares, rectangles and pears. At Navneet Gems and Jewels we house a range of diamond cut gemstones like vivid royal blue sapphires to light pastel blue ones, yellow sapphires which range from golden yellow sapphires to lemon yellow sapphires, blood red rubies to pastel pink rubies and much more.
So what exactly is the Brilliant cut or the Diamond cut of gemstones?
When a brilliant cut ruby is shaped like a diamond, it typically has 58 facets which are triangular, kite or lozenge shaped. The intent of the diamond cut isn’t to make the sapphire or ruby sparkle like a diamond but to accentuate its inherent fire and brilliance. The fire or the light dispersion is basically the splitting of natural white light into the corresponding seven rainbow colors which then exit the gem.
Faceting of a gem is crucial in controlling how the light moves within the gem. Skilled cutting entails that when light strikes the pavilion and facets at the critical angle of the stone (which is measured previously via the refractive index), it is reflected internally multiple times and then exits through the surface of the crown, giving the stone its maximum admirable brilliance.
A typically diamond cut stone has the following features:
Diamond cut jewelry have taken over the market in Italy, USA, Hong-Kong, China and Thailand and Thailand remains the chief centre for the manufacture of diamond cut sapphires and rubies. While most of the stones are imported to Thailand from mines in Africa, Sri Lanka, Burma and Australia, here Thailand has become the gemstone capital of the world. Here is why it is wise to buy gemstones in Thailand.
- Skilled workforce: The Thai have been master craftsmen since the 15th century, primarily due to the rich deposits of a number of gemstones in its geographical area. The detail oriented artistic work, typical of Thai cutters makes them invaluable. Some of the best diamond cut blue sapphires and diamond cut rubies in weights as small as 0.005 carats. Every facet, girdle, pavilion is cut with extreme precision and care. At Navneet Gems we employ state of the art technology to facilitate such intricate cutting processes and amplify the talent of our cutters.
- Cheaper Labor and Prices: The highly skilled the workforce in Thailand is extremely affordable. Since the neighboring countries of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Burma also possess the technical know-how of treating gemstones right. Buyers of rough gemstones in Bangkok can avail of low overhead and low prices of rough stones by heading over to over office in The Jewelry Trade Centre at Silom.
- Heating secrets: With the advent of mechanized mining, Thai gem producers had to improvise. While gemstone cutting and polishing had been practiced for centuries, with skills and secrets that have been passed down generations, the world’s dwindling gemstone deposits needed a fast solution. The technique of heating stones to above 1700° C, invented by the French in 1960’s, which resulted in improved clarity and colour of low value stones. This was quickly adapted and today Thailand is responsible for treating 90% rubies and sapphires in the world by their unique method that has been perfected over the years with science, experience and experiment.
- The world hub: Be it vacationers or international gemstone shoppers, one can scarcely ignore the beautiful sapphire and gemstone markets in Thailand. Precious While the export offices are mainly situated in Bangkok (with few also trading in precious gemstones in Bangkok), most of the mining, cutting, heating and polishing of gemstones have been done in Chanthaburi, a small coastal province, nestled between the hills at the Gulf of Thailand. Since the Thai have perfected the art of heat treatment or “cooking” of stones, many gemstone markets abound in heat treated or glass-filled rubies and sapphires which are of low quality. We at Navneet Gems pride ourselves at housing on of the largest collections of untreated rubies and sapphires of the diamond cut variety.