Updated 17 February 2021
Did you grow up with the shining image of a round cut gemstone, refracting light, and looking absolutely breathtaking?
Remember those cartoon characters wearing ridiculously large diamond rings and flaunting it?
Or rom-com scenes where a diamond ring is presented so enticingly in a velvet box as decadent as the ring?
The brilliant cut diamond is a stunning centerpiece, but diamond slices are that special something for the rebels out there. While they're not as well known as their polished counterpart, diamond slices have charms of their own.
What's a diamond slice (aside from possibly the greatest thing since sliced bread)? How did they come about? Are they good alternatives for an engagement or a wedding ring?
Diamond slices are thinly sliced sections of a diamond. Usually of large, highly included diamonds (yep, one more reason to love salt and pepper diamonds). They're sliced using a laser cutter, which then applies very shallow facets on one side for use in luxury jewelry as opposed to industrial use.
Most diamond slices wouldn't grade well in traditional cuts, chosen for their exceptional natural patterns inside each raw diamond. An interpretation of beauty found in the imperfect, in organic shapes (as the original outline of the diamond remains intact) and outside of the standard beauty box.
In diamond slices, inclusions are desired - celebrated even - rather than unwanted flaws. The more interesting the inclusions and their patterns, the higher the price.
Unique, edgy and quirky, these diamonds are like no other. They're great alternatives for an engagement ring! They're definitely a head turner and will be conversation fodder for jewelry lovers.
So how do they hold up to the classic polished diamonds? Let's take a closer look.
Diamond slices come in two looks; a thin, straight slice with a completely flat surface, or a thicker polki diamond, with a flat back and a lightly faceted top. The former may look a little dull depending on how even the surface is, and the latter will show more sparkle because of those small facets.
They're still considered the new kid on the block, as they only entered the market in this millennium. You won't find these in the big box stores, and they haven't gained mainstream popularity yet.
The good news is - now you're part of a special group of people who know of (and can appreciate) the awesomeness of the diamond slice. Let's get you further acquainted.
100% unique and unlike any other diamond. Even if they come from the same raw diamond, each slice will tell a different story.
Low profile! Diamond slices are great for women with an active lifestyle, who don't want a big diamond sticking out and snatching onto stuff.
While diamonds are tough cookies, diamond slices are so thin they can chip or crack more easily than a polished diamond.
More trend sensitive than the polished diamond.
A laser cut diamond slice is a straight cut, while a lightly faceted diamond slice has slightly polished edges. A polki diamond can still be classified as a slice, although they're cut by hand and are a little thicker.
You're pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to the cuts for polished diamonds. They come in all sorts of shapes! You can check the full range of cuts that we hae on offer on our custom gold diamond page.
The price point for polished diamonds tends to be higher than sliced diamonds. With round brilliant cut diamonds snatching the crown for the most expensive diamond cut.
The traditional diamond might not speak to your untraditional love story or personality.
A rose cut diamond vs. a brilliant cut diamond. The generous facets of the rose cut gives you a gorgeous view inside the diamond while the more intricate facets of a brilliant cut helps refract light in dazzling ways.
It’s hard to pick which one is the prettiest. Especially if you're a fan of diamonds and jewelry in general! At the end of the day, it’s about your personal preferences. Jewelry is as much about your heart as it is about aesthetics. That's why we want you to get to know diamonds better. We like giving you the option to fall in love. If you never thought you were a diamond kinda gal, diamond slices might change your heart. I know they did for me.
Why not have a scroll through the many wonderful diamond shapes, sizes, and colors to see if any of them speak to you? You might soon find yourself customizing your own ring. Then you can throw up a social media post with the hashtag #myethicaldreamring and make everyone jealous ;)