4 Reasons Diamond Cut Matters More Than You Think

Get bigger brilliance for your buck with a smart diamond-shopping technique.
by Ayn-Monique Klahre
L'Amour Crisscut diamond vs regular diamond size comparison

If you’ve dipped your toe into the diamond-shopping market, you’ve probably heard of “the four Cs.” This hit list—carat, cut, color and clarity—sums up the factors that drive the price of a stone as well as its sparkle. But understanding why a diamond is so expensive won’t change how much you’re able to spend. Besides style, budget is the biggest consideration for figuring out where on that four-C spectrum you’re going to land. That’s why the cut of a diamond is so important, especially if size matters to you: Choosing the right cut is arguably the only way to get a stone that looks bigger, without spending more money. Read on to find out more reasons why this C matters most, and how Christopher Designs’ exclusive L'Amour Crisscut diamonds master this key component.

It can make a diamond appear larger (or smaller).
L'Amour Crisscut diamond vs. regular diamond

Contrary to what you might think, a diamond’s carat is a measure of its weight, not its size—a same-weight diamond can appear bigger or smaller depending on how it’s cut. Traditional diamond cutting creates a sort of “iceberg” effect, with more of the diamond’s weight beneath the surface, or more literally, hidden beneath the ring’s setting. But L'Amour Crisscut diamonds are cut broader to make a stone wider and taller on its face, giving you a larger silhouette size with fewer carats hidden beneath the ring setting. (To get technical, they’re less deep than traditional diamond cuts, making the surface approximately 30 to 60 percent larger depending on the shape.)

It directly impacts the brilliance.

L'Amour Crisscut engagement rings

The cut is also the way jewelers deliver that sparkle we all love from a rough diamond. All those mirror-like planes (aka facets) cut into the stone reflect light, and a properly cut diamond maximizes that light-bouncing effect without letting it “leak” from the sides (something that can happen with poorly planned cuts). The L’Amour Crisscut technique offers a broader cut and more optimal brilliance by maximizing angles and facets so that light continually bounces off them. Originally, Christopher Designs launched Crisscut, which changed and added to the facet arrangement. In 2014, he reengineered the angles and cuts yet again to introduce the L’Amour Crisscut Classic, which broadened the silhouette size. The rectangular L’Amour Crisscut Classic is an arrangement of 50 facets, as opposed to the generic 46 cuts. Since then, Christopher Designs has added more L’Amour shapes for engagement rings, including L’Amour Crisscut Oval, L’Amour Crisscut Cushion and L’Amour Crisscut Pear—all taking advantage of technologically reengineered cutting angles for a more brilliant appearance.

Shown above (clockwise from top left): Christopher Designs L’Amour Crisscut oval diamond engagement ring; L’Amour Crisscut cushion diamond engagement ring; L’Amour Crisscut pear diamond engagement ring; L’Amour Crisscut classic diamond engagement ring; more details at ChristopherDesigns.com

It's the only “C” not determined by nature.
L'Amour Crisscut cushion engagement ring

Natural diamonds come from the earth—and factors like size, color and clarity are already determined within the raw crystal. It’s under the masterful touch of the stonecutter that diamonds go from looking like cloudy bits of crystal to the sparkly stones we know and love. That’s why craftsmanship is so important: The jeweler who cuts the diamond brings out its inner brilliance. While some diamond cuts were developed centuries ago, the Crisscut is modern and unique, the result of advancements in diamond-cutting technology combined with founder Christopher Slowinski’s engineering background. He developed the original Crisscut diamond in 1998, then patented the L’Amour Crisscut in 2014, which offers a broader cut that looks 30-60 percent larger (depending on the shape you choose).
Shown above: Christopher Designs L’Amour Crisscut cushion diamond engagement ring, more details at ChristopherDesigns.com

It can give you more for your money.

L'Amour Crisscut oval engagement ring

Let’s be honest: Most of us want the biggest, best diamond we can afford, and finding a balance of those elements is the hardest part. While you can play with the setting to add sparkle or lower costs, the diamond itself is still going to be your biggest spend. That’s where the cut comes in. A broader cut gives you more surface area for the same carat weight, meaning that you can find a diamond that looks bigger than it costs. For example, a 2-carat generic emerald-cut diamond might cost you around $23,000, while a 1.26-carat L’Amour Crisscut would have the same surface area and look about the same size but cost less than $6,600—and the relative savings go up from there. So if you’re hoping to get more for your money, think diamond cuts rather than budget cuts and you’ll end up with the best of worlds.

Shown above: Christopher Designs L’Amour Crisscut oval diamond engagement ring, more details at ChristopherDesigns.com

This post is sponsored by Christopher Designs. To see more Crisscut engagement rings, browse The Knot gallery or visit ChristopherDesigns.com.

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