Diamond Shape: Shield Cut & Kite Cut
Here we have another two of the older yet more unusual of the diamond shapes. With the intricate angles and bold points these two shapes are real stunners when incorporated into dazzling pieces. Not your run of the mill shapes, these are unique and wonderful expressions of the beauty and variety in diamonds.
These shapes are most commonly used in matching pairs as side stones to bigger solitaire stones, adding a distinctive and eye catching element to the design. Because of their lengthy and pointy shapes, particularly the kite, they are probably best when appearing on engagement rings or diamond rings as their long ends run down the shank of the ring. This gives sparkle along much of the visible length of the ring.
As with other side stone shapes which most often appear as pairs, such as the trilliant, baguette, half moon and crescents – it is important that these stones are found in matching pairs – similar in size, color and clarity. This may be a challenge. Usually one will buy them in already matched pairs.
Today both shape types are commonly cut with, close to modern brilliant faceting although proportionally too deep in some places and shallow in others to be ideal cut material.
This outline is ingrained in our imagination, it is the shape usually named the “diamond”, the one most children will identify. It is in fact, the kite shape, one of the oldest of the “fancy” or unusual shapes. It is also sometimes referred to as the diamond shape because it resembles the side view of a diamond.
The Kite Shape is cut with two straight angled lines coming together at the top in a point and two longer lines coming together at the bottom in another point.
Kite diamonds can also be arranged in a special design to form the shape of a star! 5 kite shaped diamonds are placed together with the invisible setting in the middle while their points reach outwards, each one held in place with a single prong setting or v shape setting. Star shape diamonds are unusual and expensive due to the high rough wastage when cutting. The use of these smaller kite shapes combined is much more economical and highly innovative, looking gorgeous on earrings and pendants!
This shape is somewhat triangular on the bottom with an added “level” added at the top with angled edges tapering upwards. The sides of the shield shape may be straight or rounded. This shape is reminiscent, as the name suggests, of the shields used by warriors in battle.
Predominantly used as side stones they are also used in some cases for hanging earrings and in pendants.
Some Famous Diamonds of the world are cut in this unique shape.
The Guinea Star Diamond: 89 carats, D color, Internally Flawless
The Moussaieff Red Diamond (Formerly known as the Red Shield Diamond) : 5.11 carat, Said to be the largest Fancy Red Diamond ever graded by the GIA. (Learn more about natural red diamonds & other fancy colored diamonds)
The Sancy Diamond: 55.23 carat, pale yellow, of Indian origin and believed to be one of the original diamonds ever cut using symmetrical facets. (Learn more about diamond facets)
For someone who is looking for a unique twist on a diamond shape these two are hard to beat for their edgy and defined sparkle and glitter!
Learn About other Dazzling Diamond Shapes
The Most Popular .. Round Brilliant Cut
The Second Most Popular .. Princess Cut
A Special Choice .. Radiant Cut
Unique Elegance .. Oval Shaped Diamond
Grace & Elegance .. Marquise Shaped Diamond
Delicate & Sophisticated .. Pear Shaped Diamond
Modern yet Traditional .. Cushion Shaped Diamond
Love & Romance .. Heart Shaped Diamond
Glamorous & Star Studded .. Emerald Cut
Stylish & Striking .. Asscher Cut
The Ultimate Accent .. Baguette Cut
Ideal Side Stones .. Trilliant Shaped Diamond
Modern Side Stones .. Trapezoid Shaped Diamonds
Fancy Side Stones .. Crescent & Half Moon Shaped Diamonds
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