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Diamonds come in different sizes and shapes. One cut that has gained popularity in recent years is the baguette diamond. A baguette diamond is an elongated stone with a rectangular, long and thin shape. Baguette diamonds usually have a length to width ratio of 3:1 or 5:1. Due to this shape baguette diamonds have only 14 facets and do not reflect light as well as other cuts which may have up to 50 facets. As a result they are not as flashy or sparkly, but more elegant and sophisticated. Furthermore, their perfectly square corners give them a “stepped” appearance and differentiate them from other cuts.
Baguette diamonds offer a unique beauty with their modern yet classic look that is sure to captivate any onlooker. Their elongated, slim shape and the geometrical design provide an opportunity for unique designs. The Cosette Ear Jacket in 9K White Gold features an architecturally inspired design with a baguette diamond main stone.
Baguette diamonds are also often used in combination with other stones as they provide good balance with flashier stones. For our Ilaria Ring we use a tiny 0.16 ct baguette cut lab diamond that is accentuated with an array of 0.10 ct microset lab diamonds on a petite band.
How did the Baguette Diamond get its Peculiar Name?
The baguette cut has been around since the early 20th century when Louis Cartier had his craftsman design a collection of jewellery featuring tapered baguettes set into platinum and gold bands for his famous “Tutti-Frutti” collection in 1924. This style was incredibly popular and became one of Cartier's most iconic designs ever created. The shape got its peculiar name due to its French origin. In French “baguette” translates to “stick” or “rod” and hence the elongated gemstones are called “baguette diamonds”. Some even believe that it's called “baguette diamond” because its shape resembles that of French bread! We leave it to you to decide which version is more plausible. Bon appétit!
When to Wear a Baguette Diamond?
Baguette diamonds are ideal if you want to create an elegant and sophisticated look rather than appear flashy. Their elongated shape makes them ideal for use in rings, pendants or bracelets. When it comes to choosing a diamond for a special occasion, baguette diamonds offer a subtle and timeless beauty that can not be replicated with any other diamond cut.
A single baguette stone set into a white gold band such as featured in our Elin Ring in 9k White Gold can make an alluring statement when worn as an engagement ring. For those wanting something more understated but still chic, small baguette cut diamond studs in white gold can provide just the right amount of sparkle without overpowering the rest of your outfit. The slender Elin Bracelet features a solitaire diamond baguette set in a polished 9K white gold bezel setting. Baguettes also work well as pendants. Take a look at our gorgeous Elin Necklace in 9K White Gold.
What Factors to Consider When Picking a Baguette Diamond?
Baguette diamonds have less facets than other cuts. As a result, imperfections can be spotted easier. That’s why clarity is an important factor when selecting a jewellery piece that features a baguette diamond. At CARAT*, most of our pieces featuring baguette diamonds have a VVS1 or VVS2 rating. This means that these stones have excellent clarity, with very minor inclusions that can only be spotted by experts using magnification.
Diamond colour is another important factor. If you are looking for an elegant and classic piece we recommend a colourless diamond with a D-G colour rating as it won’t overpower your outfit. The Ilaria Ring features a “near colourless” stones with a very subtle yellow hue. This is because the centre stone of this ring is smaller and we want it to stand out a bit more.
You can find details for each of our jewellery pieces including colour and clarity rating in the ‘description’ section on the product detail page.
A third factor we consider important is considering whether to go for a mined diamond or a lab-grown diamond. Our lab-grown GENTLE DIAMONDS are physically, chemically and optically identical to mined diamonds. GENTLE DIAMONDS are also 100% conflict-free and the more ethical choice. They pass through a less lengthy supply chain and are thus more affordable than mined gemstones. On average our lab-grown diamond jewellery selection costs 50 to 80% less than jewellery made from mined diamonds of comparable size, clarity and colour. We have written a detailed post to explain the process used to create lab-grown diamonds in more detail and to explain why lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds (also according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the US Federal Trade Commission).
Baguette Diamond vs Emerald Cut Diamond
Baguette diamonds and emerald cut diamonds look similar. However, whereas emerald cut diamonds have polished corners, baguette diamonds have right-angled corners. Emerald cut diamonds also feature three sides with cropped corners, creating an elongated octagon shape. They typically have 58 facets divided into 57 crowns plus one table facet on top. This allows for more light to pass through the stone more efficiently, which results in greater brilliance when viewed from above as compared to many other cuts. For this reason emerald cut diamonds are one of the most sought-out options for ring centre stones.
Recap: Baguette Diamond Rings - Elegant & Stylish
Overall, baguette diamonds provide an elegant and sophisticated look that can enhance any outfit by providing sophisticated and timeless style. When selecting a baguette diamond remember: besides the symmetry and shape and clarity are two important factors to consider. Most importantly, when buying diamonds, At CARAT*, we firmly believe in lab-grown diamonds. Since no mining is necessary, they are a vote for what you believe In. Our mission is to transition the world to more sustainable gemstones and we hope that you will join us on this journey.