Good Cuts vs. Bad


An Epic Showdown of Diamonds vs. …Other Stuff

Good Cut: Point.

This is the original; the very first type of diamond cut recorded in history, from the middle of the 14th century.  It’s also the simplest.  The octahedral shape allows light to reflect through a diamond in the most rudimentary way.


Bad Cut:  Paper.

Paper cuts are not only annoyingly painful, they are sneaky too.  Most of the time when you handle paper, you’re fine; but every once in a while the paper literally attacks you.  This could actually just be the ghosts of downed trees getting revenge.


Good Cut: Table.

Some discerning diamantaire in the mid-1400’s realized that if you cut off the top portion of a point cut diamond, you got a pretty cool shape.  It’s called a ‘table’ cut because the flat top surface makes it look like a table (in case that was too difficult to ascertain).  The table cut was also the first to feature a small “culet.”  Not to be confused with a chicken cutlet, a culet is a cut at the very bottom of a diamond.



Bad Cut: Mullet.

Business in the front, party in the back = awful.  First known mullet was sported by learned Byzantine man Procopius during the sixth century, and referred to as the “Hunnic” cut.  Other famous mullets throughout history include Steve Perry’s from Journey, Wayne Gretzky’s during the 80’s, and the one donned by Miley Cyrus’s father.  Such an unfortunate thing to happen to anyone.


Good Cut: Old Single.

Much like the perpetually lovely Hellen Mirren, being old and single can be great.  The Old Single cut improved upon the table cut design by adding four corner facets.  Still not quite the sparkler that we prize today, the dazzling diamond was slowly getting there, one cut at a time.



Bad Cut: From the team.

Whether it’s from the New York Jets or your accounting firm’s dodge ball squad, getting cut from the team just stinks.  Clearly your stats are nothing to be proud of, but when you actually are let go (especially from a volunteer organization), your ego deflates like a punctured kick ball.


Good Cut: Mazarin.

Somewhere along the line someone got a brilliant idea.  By adding a LOT more facets, diamonds would sparkle to the high heavens.  The first of these super complicated, brilliant cuts was the Mazarin (not to be confused with margarine).  This is also known as a “double cut,” because it’s literally twice as nice.


Bad Cut: Nose off, to spite one’s face.

Just doesn’t seem to be any situation where this makes any sense at all.  Except maybe a real solid rhinoplasty job.


Good Cut: Peruzzi.

An enterprising signore from Venice, Vincenzo Peruzzi, knew he could do even better.  He took the 17-faceted upper crown of the Mazarin and bumped it up to 33 facets.  Momma mia!  Now that’s a spicy diamond.  This is also called the “triple cut,” because it’s got thrice the spice.


Bad Cut: Off. (In a bar)

When you’ve had one too many and the bartender gives you that disapproving look and just shakes his head “nuh-uh.”


Good Cut: Old European.

As the cushion cut was developed during the 1700’s, one special, continental named version rose to ultimate prominence.  That’s right: the Old European.  Much like “The Most Interesting Man in the Room,” this venerable, über-faceted cut has a lot going on externally and internally.


Bad Cut: Off. (On the road)

Also, when an idiot in a Mazda Miata swerves in front of you.


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…See what we did there?


-Joe Leone 


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