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Jack Friedman’s Guide to Diamond Shapes

Thinking about buying a loose diamond or a diamond engagement ring? It is recommended to always follow the 5 Cs (Cut, Clarity, Colour, Carat, and Country of Origin) and make sure the diamond is GIA or EGL South African certified, however what comes before the 5 Cs you may ask? Deciding on the diamond shape. Whether you prefer a traditional round shape diamond or want to change it up with a pear-shaped diamond, Jack Friedman has everything you need to know when shopping for different diamond shapes for the ideal engagement rings.

Pear-Shaped Diamonds

Pear-shaped diamond engagement rings are unique and timeless and have a high brilliance making it known for its sparkle. Pear-shaped diamonds have a unique “bow-tie” effect in the centre and hold more colour than alternative shaped diamonds. Therefore, the pear-shaped diamond is the perfect option if you want a fancy coloured diamond engagement ring. We advise that the setting of a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring has a v-shaped claw holding the point of the diamond to protect it and has a perfect symmetry, so that if you draw a line down the middle of the diamond each half should be identical. The elongated shape of pear cut diamonds makes your ring finger look longer and thinner, as well as having a larger surface area so the diamond looks bigger and can cost 10%-30% less than a round diamond.

Heart-Shaped Diamonds

Heart-shaped diamond engagement rings are a symbol of love and romance. This diamond is not as common, which is great if you are looking for a rare and distinctive choice for an engagement ring. If a heart-shaped diamond is too small, it can lose the heart shape and look more like a pear-shaped diamond. Jack Friedman advise 1 carat or bigger, so the heart shape is more noticeable, and the length to width ratio of the heart shape to be the same. The heart shaped diamond is a modified version of a round-shaped diamond and can be more cost-effective as it is usually less expensive than a round cut diamond of similar carat, colour, cut and clarity.

Princess-Shaped Diamonds

The princess-shaped diamond engagement rings is contemporary, sophisticated, and known for its popular square shape. Due to the popular nature of the princess cut diamond engagement ring, it can be more valuable than other fancy shape diamonds. When cutting the diamond less of the rough diamond is lost, making it more cost-effective and reduces waste. The sharp corners of the princess shaped diamond can easily chip if it is not set correctly. We recommend a tube or a 4 V-shaped claw setting for an engagement ring. The striking look of the princess cut diamond is the perfect choice for a modern stylish woman.

Cushion-Shaped Diamonds

Cushion-shaped diamond engagement rings combine the square shape of princess-cut diamonds with the rounded edges of round-shape diamonds. Princess-shaped diamonds can sometimes appear bulky when set in a 4 claw engagement ring, therefore if you prefer a sleeker look but want something just as sophisticated Jack Friedman recommends the cushion-shaped diamond. Cushion-shaped diamonds have a high level of sparkle and the rounded edges to make it more durable. Cushion-shaped diamonds are also less expensive than round-shaped diamonds. This is the perfect choice if you want to combine the classic feel with a modern touch in an engagement ring.

Oval-Shaped Diamonds

The oval-shaped diamond engagement rings are elegant with its unique flair. It is the perfect choice for someone with an active lifestyle as it does not have pointed edges. We advise when choosing an oval-shaped diamond engagement ring to make sure there is a minimal bowtie effect, a dark shadow across the middle of the diamond. This usually occurs in a poorly cut diamond and will reduce the value of the diamond. The elongated shape of the oval diamond makes it appear larger than a round diamond for the same carat weight. The ratio between the length and width of the oval is very important and you do not want the oval to be too long and thin or too short and fat, the ideal ratio of length to width is 1.4 to 1.6. Oval-shaped diamonds have the classic appeal of round-shaped diamonds but are perfect if you are looking for something more unique.

Round-Shaped Diamonds

The round shaped diamond engagement rings is the most classic, timeless, and popular of all the diamond shapes. Round cut diamonds are the most valuable and the best investment. We recommend choosing a diamond with the best clarity you can afford, and the cut, proportions and finish should be Very Good to Excellent. Round diamonds are elegant and can go well with all settings of engagement rings. Round brilliant diamonds have the greatest sparkle of all the diamond shapes, as they are cut to have 58 facets, which allow light to enter the diamond and reflect off each facet, creating a striking sparkle. We advise white gold or platinum claws as it makes the diamond appear larger even if the rest of the setting is yellow or rose gold. A round diamond with a halo is a great way to make the diamond appear bigger at a better cost.

The Palesa Crown

2014 - 2016

When Rolene Strauss, Miss South Africa 2014 (who became Miss World 2014), was announced at Sun City, she was crowned with a brand new glittering masterpiece worthy of her prestigious title. 

The team at Jack Friedman Jewellers wanted something that was both elegant and memorable. They decided to make the crown from platinum, one of the rarest elements in the earths crust, and synonymous with South Africa which accounts for 80 percent of world production. The precious metal in the Miss SA 2014 crown comes from Anglo American Platinum.

Miss South Africa 2014 - Miss World 2014

The Enhle Crown

2016 - 2018

A symbol of royalty the Enhle crown was an exquisite design by Jack Friedman. This pushed the boundaries of Jewellery design and we ensured that all the Miss South African woman who wear this crown feel and look like a queen.

Each name the Miss South Africa winners are engraved on the base.