In ancient times, long before the development of diamond cutting, people preferred diamonds in their natural state. Because there were no scientific means to improve upon Mother Nature’s product, people enthusiastically sought out diamonds with as few imperfections as possible. Diamonds with irregular, asymmetric shapes, or those with stains that inhibit the stone’s brilliance, were simply discarded.
Diamonds, whether of the clear enhanced variety or otherwise, come in a multitude of shapes. By ‘shape’ we mean the appearance of the diamond when viewed from above. These shapes did not pop out of the blue; rather, they developed over time, sometimes as a response to one another. The following article briefly discusses the history of the shapes of diamonds you will likely find here in Diana Rafael.