The cut of a precious stone dramatically changes its appearance. Many precious stones are dull and of little interest when freshly mined.

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The cut of a precious stone dramatically changes its appearance. Many precious stones are dull and of little interest when freshly mined.

When mined, the diamond looks most unremarkable with dull and battered external surfaces, similar in appearance to a pebble. However when cut, the fire and beauty in the stone is released. The cut of a stone does refer to the overall shape (pear, oval), and the symmetry, proportioning and polish. The cut of a stone significantly effect’s the brilliance and its ability to reflect light and dazzle across a room.


Bloomsbury BallsThe quality of a diamond is determined by the 4 Cs. Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat.

The shape of a diamond chosen is simply a matter of personal taste. The most traditional diamond cut is the Round Brilliant cut. The modern round brilliant includes 58 facets. There are a wide range of beautiful alternative shapes available including marquise, emerald, oval, baguette, princess and heart. Choosing a diamond is a very personal choice, as every diamond has to be cut individually, therefore will always be unique.


Lattice YGDiamonds are extremely rare, therefore precious. Only a small percentage of diamonds found are suitable to be polished for use in jewellery. Fewer than 5% of diamonds mined worldwide are larger than 1 carat. Even with today’s sophisticated mining methods and technology, approximately 250 tonnes of ore from a kimberlite pipe must be mined and processed in order to produce a one carat polished diamond of gem quality.

Smaller diamonds can be used together to fabulous effect. Clustered together to form shapes including spheres where diamonds can be seen to sparkle from all around. London Road Jewellery have created a fabulous collection of hand finished diamond jewellery in the Bloomsbury Ball Collection. The collection includes pave set brilliant cut diamond rings, diamond pendant necklaces and stud earrings, all set in white gold.

Smaller diamonds are also used to create eternity rings. The diamond eternity ring is a continuous line of diamonds set all the way around the band of the ring, or often halfway to create the half eternity ring. The diamonds are set in this way to symbolize never-ending love. The Greek name for diamond is adámas, which means “unbreakable” making the diamond eternity ring a perfect gift of love.

London Road Jewellery use brilliant cut diamonds to bring sparkle and glamour to several pieces of their extensive collection. The diamond lattice pendant includes 17 brilliant cut diamonds set by hand in a fine beaded rim setting. The stylish pendants and earrings are available in white gold and yellow gold.

All diamonds used by London Road Jewellery are Conflict Free Diamonds and are supplied within The Kimberley Process. Click here for more information on conflict diamonds and the Kimberely process.