What are Briolette Diamonds?
Briolette diamonds are drop-shaped diamonds featuring triangular or diamond-shaped facets. Many examples include fine drill holes to support wire thread and the addition of a small metal cap. This makes the Briolette an excellent choice for diamond drop earrings and pendants, acting as a ‘diamond bead,’ opposite to the conventional methods of diamond setting.
A selection of Briolette style diamonds, in drop shapes.
Are Briolettes more expensive?
This diamond cut will demand a higher price on account of its rarity. Only specialist diamond suppliers feature Briolettes within their inventories. Colours range from white, through to brown and yellow.
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Briolette diamonds in Antique jewellery
Besides earrings, Briolettes feature in Antique jewellery. They are especially suited to Tiaras. Moving freely, their reflective movement adds drama to jewellery. The most famous example is probably the ‘Briolette of India’ weighing in at 90.38 carats. Because this diamond shape suspends from a wire thread, there is a similarity to the appearance of Chandelier crystals.