What Is A Baguette Diamond?

The baguette diamond is a classic diamond cut that will never go out of style. These diamonds have a long history as accent stones that allow center stones to shine more brightly. You may wonder why the baguette diamond is so famous. Well, this is because they offer an almost majestic way of complimenting other diamond shapes and jewelry.

Why The Name Baguette?

The word baguette comes from the French word baguette, which means 'stick' or 'wand .'The term also resembles the long, narrow, French loaf of bread, which most people recognize when they think about the word. The baguette diamond is a rectangular step-cut stone with 14 facets and large open tables. The diamond has unbeveled, angled corners, which results in the long rectangular shape, hence the word baguette.

The History Of The Baguette Diamond

Baguettes were invented in the early 1920s and emerged during the Art Deco and Art Nuevo periods. The stones were created to contrast the famous round diamonds at that time. They are a predecessor of the hogback cut diamonds, prominent in the mid-16th century. After their emergence in the 20th century, they quickly gained popularity as jewelers started using the baguette-cut as a focal point to several jewelry kinds, including pendants, rings, and bracelets. 

Characteristics Of Baguette Diamonds

Baguette diamonds are generally small diamonds that feature only 14-facets. Their facets are rectangular, sometimes square, and graduate from the diamond's table like terraces, giving them a charming effect. They have straight edges, but sometimes the edges can be cropped or tapered. Since they have long tapered cuts, baguette diamonds are classified as step-cuts.

How To Choose The Perfect Baguette Ring

Baguettes are rarely used as center stones for engagement rings and wedding bands. This is mainly because the diamonds do not sparkle. Hence, they are not as brilliant as other popular cuts, such as the round or emerald. Their color flaws and inclusions are also more visible. However, this does not make them less desirable as their shape gives any ring a beautiful vintage look.

You can get a baguette diamond one or two grades higher than a standard round diamond to limit any visible imperfections. Experts advise that paying attention to the setting you choose is vital, as baguette diamonds are more likely to chip. A good setting will prevent damage and hold the stone securely, preventing loss.

Are Baguette Diamonds Expensive?

Compared to other shapes and cuts, baguettes are the least expensive. The baguette diamonds are graded based on a 4C grading scale; hence the higher the grade, the higher the price of the diamond.

Baguette diamonds often offer a sophisticated pattern complementing your jewelry. Contact us today to secure the right baguette ring for you.