What is a Baguette Diamond?
Baguette diamonds are a type of diamond that is elongated and rectangular, with a thin profile. While they can be almost square in shape, they are typically longer than they are wide, with a length-to-width ratio of around 5:1.
Baguette diamonds can come with straight edges in a perfect rectangle, or tapered edges that angle in, which are known respectively as "straight" or "tapered" Baguettes. One of the key differences between Baguettes and other diamond cuts, such as the Emerald Cut, is that Baguettes have perfectly square corners. In terms of facets, Baguettes have only 14, which is significantly fewer than traditional diamond cuts that often have more than 50. Due to their small size, Baguettes are often used as side stones for engagement or wedding rings, or in eternity rings.
How are Step Cut Diamonds Distinct?
Step Cut diamonds, such as Baguettes, belong to a family that also includes Emerald and Asscher Cuts. The defining characteristic of Step Cut diamonds is their straight, well-defined facets. As a result, Baguettes have a distinct appearance from Round Cut diamonds, with less brilliance and sparkle.
Baguette diamonds have fewer facets compared to Emeralds, resulting in less shine and making it easier to spot any imperfections. Consequently, they are typically used as smaller "accent" diamonds to enhance the appearance of a center stone in any shape.