Baguette diamonds are high in demand for everything from engagement rings to fine jewelry like earrings, and bracelets. And while they may seem like a new style, this diamond cut was actually introduced during the 1920’s Art Deco era. It was named for its elongated shape, after the classic French baguette. Baguette diamonds are thin, rectangular-shaped diamonds with tapered or straight edges. These are referred to as “straight” or “tapered” Baguettes. These elongated diamonds are the perfect addition to many engagement ring styles and are often seen as accent stones.
Baguette diamonds have 14 facets, which is much less than any other diamond cut. Round diamonds, for example, feature 58 facets which are why round diamonds are known for their brilliance. Facets measure a stone’s brilliance and scintillation, or the amount of sparkle that is produced by that diamond. More facets equal more sparkle. Baguette diamonds have a step-cut because of their long, open facets that look similar to steps. While Baguette diamonds have fewer facets, they do have exceptional clarity.
Baguette vs. Emerald Cut Diamond
Baguette and emerald-cut diamonds are often confused because of their similar appearance, especially when they are smaller. Both part of the step cut family, along with Asscher diamonds, which are usually square or rectangular in shape. With long facets, these diamonds produce a hall of mirrors effect, or prismatic reflection, rather than a brilliant sparkle. However, while baguette diamonds feature only 14 facets, emerald cut diamonds feature over 50. Emerald cut diamonds can stand on their own as a center stone, but baguette diamonds are typically used as accent or side stones.
How To Shop For a Baguette Diamond
Baguette diamonds have fewer facets, and therefore fewer cuts, so it’s important to look for diamonds that have higher cut and clarity grades. Since Baguettes are typically used as side stones, be sure to choose Baguettes that match when laid next to each other. There are a few key tips to remember if you’re choosing to use baguette diamonds as the focal point on your engagement ring.
- First, remember the sparkle won’t be as great as compared to a brilliant round diamond.
- Second, inclusions and flaws are easily seen on this cut diamond. Make sure that when choosing a stone, no visible imperfections are visible to the naked eye.
- Finally, get stones with a diamond color that is no more than one grade higher or lower than your center stone.
Are Baguette Diamonds Expensive?
Like all shapes, Baguette-cut diamonds are graded on the 4’C’s, which will impact their price. Typically, baguette diamonds are used as accent stones and therefore come in smaller carat weights, making them generally less expensive. However, Baguette-cut diamonds can become more expensive if you choose a larger carat because they are more difficult to cut from the rough diamond. But if you’re looking for a smaller Baguette either to accent your engagement ring or for a stacking ring, it will cost less than a round brilliant diamond. And remember, lab-created diamonds can be anywhere from 20-40% less expensive than mined diamonds.
Are Baguette Diamonds Good?
While a stunning cut, Baguette diamonds are generally a lower quality cut. They have less brilliance, due to the lower amount of facets, and can also be easier to damage. However, this isn’t to say you should avoid this diamond cut. They can be a great and lower cost option if you’re looking to add more diamonds to your ring band.
Baguette Engagement Ring Settings
There are many engagement ring styles that pair well with baguette diamonds. If you’re looking to add a baguette accent, explore these options, below!
The most popular choice for Baguette-cut diamonds and the perfect example of how Baguette diamonds can be used as accent stones. For three-stone settings, you’ll see both tapered baguette diamonds or even baguette diamonds that are east/west facing. We’d recommend choosing another step-cut diamond as your center stone, to perfectly compliment the two Baguette diamonds.
Channel set engagement rings allow the ring-wearer to have this delicate cut securely set inside the band. Baguette diamonds are perfect for this setting style because when placed end-to-end, it gives your band the illusion of endless diamond along your band. The perfect way to add extra sparkle to your diamond. And because channel set diamonds are more protected, you won’t have to worry about damaging your delicate baguettes.
Another perfect choice for Baguette diamonds is vintage style settings. Since this cut was originally created in the Art Deco era, we love this diamond-cut paired with a geometric style setting. This is also a great option if you’re looking to add a more delicate sparkle to your elaborate vintage setting.
Baguette wedding and fashion rings are becoming more and more popular, and we can see why! The straight row of diamonds offers an elegant look to any band in any metal color. Also, because baguette diamonds typically cost less, this is a great choice if you’re looking to keep the cost down on your wedding band.