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We help you navigate the multifaceted world of diamonds
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The Liberty Diamond Buying Guide

We help you navigate the multifaceted world of diamonds
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Diamond Buying Guide
The Liberty

Diamond Buying Guide

We help you navigate the multifaceted world of diamonds

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Dazzling as they are, when it comes to buying diamonds, they can seem a little blinding. Traditionally used in engagement and wedding rings, these rare, precious gems are the ultimate symbols of love, strength and commitment – so the pressure is on to choose wisely. Here at Liberty, we understand that sometimes classic sparkle just won’t cut it, so our carefully curated edit houses unique forms from some of the world’s greatest jewellers. From the fundamental basics, to lesser-known complexities, here’s our alternative guide to the multifaceted world of diamonds…

I love using raw diamonds because their natural inclusions make their beauty and colour truly unique.

Brooke Gregson

Champagne Diamonds

GO TO: ALICE CICOLINI

Raise a glass to the champagne diamond; from vanilla crème soda to the faintest yellow, this warm-toned stone is judged outside the official colour spectrum, just like its grey sister. With depth of tone going all the way to light chocolate, there’s a shade for every taste and a colour for even the most sartorially independent.

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Grey Diamonds

GO TO: ANNA SHEFFIELD

Grey diamonds come in a variety of shades, ranging from the almost-white to deep slate. Diamonds classed as fancy grey are extremely rare, and their quality is considered outside the official colour scale. Grey stones are formed as a result of hydrogen present in the gem’s formation, meaning that unlike black diamonds, they can exist with the same clarity (read: sparkle) as white diamonds. This holds fancy grey diamonds to extremely high standards – the perfect option for those who want their unbeatable quality with a subtle twist.

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Round Cut Diamonds

GO TO: ANNA SHEFFIELD

Undeniably the most popular stone, round cut diamonds have more brilliance than any other shape – attributed to the use of scientific calculations performed by expert diamond cutters. The cut naturally follows diamond crystal, with 58 facets divided between girdle, crown, and pavilion.

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Emerald Cut Diamonds

GO TO: SUZANNE KALAN

Dating back to the 1500s, Emerald cuts came into their own during the Art Deco period. The stones have a rectangular shape, with step-cut facets that are usually parallel to the girdle of the stone – showcasing the diamonds original clarity and enhancing colour. Generally, this diamond cut features 57 facets of which 32 are on the pavilion, and 25 are found on the crown.

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Marquise Cut Diamonds

GO TO: MARIA TASH

Made famous by Louis XV of France, marquise cuts generally feature 58 facets of which 25 are on the pavilion, and 33 are found on the crown. These regal diamonds are often cut to feature a “French tip”, where the star and upper girdle facets replace large bezel facets.

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Oval Cut Diamonds

GO TO: BROOKE GREGSON

Gaining popularity in the 1960s, oval stones have a rounded shape with an average of 58 facets. Oval stones elongate fingers and – if size is a defining factor - have the benefit of looking larger than other diamonds of the same weight.

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