Carre Cut Diamonds? What is a Carre Cut Diamond

Deco Carre Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

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.

Art Deco Carre cut diamond engagement ring

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.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.