What is a Carre Cut? What makes a Carre cut different?
A Carré cut diamond is a variety of square diamond cut featuring step facets in contrast to brilliant-cut styles such as the Princess cut.
Why have I not heard of Carre cut diamonds before?
If you’ve never heard this term before, it might be due to the rarity of Carre cut diamonds. Most square diamonds take the form of Princess cuts. This universal diamond cut accounts for the large majority of square diamonds cut for jewellery. Comparatively few Carre cuts are produced. Furthermore, there are far fewer choices for size, colour and clarity when it comes to choosing a Carre cut diamond.
Carre cut diamond jewellery
Carre cuts feature in many jewellery styles. This simple diamond cut lends itself to Antique and vintage style jewellery.
Carre cut engagement ring styles
One of our favourite Carre cut diamond rings is the Deco design. Named after the Art Deco Period, this Trilogy ring style features a vintage feel. The create this design with both Princess cut and Carre cut diamonds.
The Deco ring design combines baguette cut outer diamonds with an optional Carre or Princess cut centre diamond
Fire or brilliance? – Key attributes for the Carre cut diamond
Similar to Emerald cut diamonds and Baguette cut diamonds, Carre cut diamonds exhibit greater fire and less brilliance. Step cut diamonds break white light into colours of the spectrum. With less sparkle than brilliant cuts, step faceted diamonds are subtle with less dazzle than other cuts.
Best diamond qualities for Carre diamonds
Carre cut diamonds easily reveal inclusions. Owing to the window like the openness of the stone internal features show themselves easily. Most Carre diamonds come from very high clarity rough. Colour is more variable as a result.
How to source a Carre diamond
If you’re looking for a Carre cut diamond, don’t be too set on specifications. Keep an open mind. It is likely there will only be a handful of diamonds in your chosen size available. Or less. We source Carre cuts for clients around the World, but it often takes a little time. Furthermore, not all Carre cut diamonds come with certification. Some larger diamonds include GIA certification, but many smaller sizes are sold uncertified. Alternatively, we can source certification locally where a client specifically requires a report.
Matching additional diamonds to Carre cuts
Carre cut diamonds are best matched to other step-cut diamonds. For example, baguette cut diamonds match beautifully—placed either side of a Carre cut diamond. Alternatively, smaller Carre cut diamonds work equally well.
Getting further assistance
If you require additional help finding a Carre cut jewellery design, we source diamonds and create bespoke jewellery. This service is in addition to our regular website designs. Contact us for any additional help and guidance where needed. Our small team remain friendly and available to help at all times, based in our UK showroom in Ryde.