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Guide to Eight Cut Diamonds

Finding the perfect diamond can seem daunting but understanding what makes a diamond unique is key to making an informed decision. The eight cut diamond, also known as the single cut diamond, is one of the most popular cuts for its exceptional sparkle and elegant shape. This guide will provide insight into the eight cut diamond and help you choose the diamond that best suits your needs. From its origins to the selection process, this guide will arm you with all the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision about your purchase.

History of eight cut diamonds

The eight cut diamond one of the most popular shapes for engagement rings and its history can be traced back to the 15th century. Originating in Europe, this diamond was originally crafted from natural diamonds that had been cut into an octagonal shape with eight facets on each side. These distinctive diamonds were used as symbols of status and wealth throughout Europe in the centuries following their invention.

As time passed, the popularity of the eight cut diamond spread to other parts of the world including India and China which began crafting them into intricate jewellery pieces adorned with precious gems. The eight-sided diamond did not reach the shores of the United States until the late 19th century, when it was introduced by Tiffany’s, securing the eight sided diamond’s reputation as a sign of status for the elite and wealthy. It became a popular choice for engagement rings in the early 20th century and remains so today. The eight-sided diamond is often used as an anniversary stone, symbolising lasting love and commitment.

Shape, colour, and clarity of eight cut diamonds

Cut is a critical measure of quality in diamonds, which can have an effect on the stone’s shape, colour and clarity. When it comes to eight cut diamonds, the combination of their unique characteristics can make them particularly desirable.

Eight cut diamonds possess 58 facets. They are usually round or square in shape, with a moderate brilliance due to their smaller facet size and shallower depth than other cuts such as brilliant or princess. The eight cut diamond is also known for its distinctive sparkle due to its larger table surface compared to other cuts. Generally speaking, these stones are graded from I-K on the colour scale and SI2-I3 on the clarity scale. Higher grades will be more expensive but may not provide much visible difference depending on how well they’re set into jewellery pieces.

How to care for eight cut diamonds

It’s important to store your diamonds separately from other pieces of jewellery in fabric-lined boxes or pouches to prevent scratches and chipping. Additionally, avoid exposing your diamonds to harsh chemicals such as chlorine or detergents found in household cleaners – this can damage the stones’ surface polish and cause discoloration. If you need to clean your diamond, you should do this using warm, soapy and a soft cloth or brush, scrubbing very gently in circular motions.

Eight cut diamonds at Gatsby Jewellery

Eight cut and single cut diamonds are the ideal choice for the shoulders of a ring or surrounding a central stone, perfect for a classic engagement ring. There are plenty of rings within the Gatsby Jewellery collection which feature eight cut diamonds to elevate the beauty of the ring.

One such piece is this Art Deco 2.81 carat old European cut diamond ring, with its stunning central European cut diamond surrounded by mesmerising eight cuts.

This style of diamond placement was somewhat characteristic of rings from the Art Deco period, as our Art Deco 1.36 carat old cut diamond engagement ring and Art Deco 0.85 carat old cut diamond engagement ring.