Know The Different Types of Briolette Cut

Posted on June 21st, 2023 03:45 PM
Gemstone cut is considered one of the major factors in determining the beauty of the stone. If the stone features a well-finished cut, it is likely to radiate a defined color and clarity. There are different cuts, each of which gives a unique look to the stone. Among all these, the briolette cut is one of the special cuts. This shape is widely used for diamonds, but with time, it has been featured in almost all the gems. But do you know there are different types of briolette or pendeloque cuts that give a mesmerizing look when studded in jewelry? This blog explores all these types, their characteristics, and more.  

What is a Briolette Cut? 

It is a drop-shaped stone, or more like a pear-shaped stone, cut with triangular or diamond-shaped facets all around. This gem cutting technique, where there is no table, crown, or pavilion, is the oldest cutting technique. It is a one-of-a-kind technique that was earlier used to design royal jewelry. The amazing part of this shape is that it is not held by any prongs, bezels, or other settings. A hole is created on one end of the gem (the pointed end), and the bottom surface is left untouched. Thus, it is said that this shape is feasible for durable stones only, like diamonds. 

History of the Briolette Diamond  

Diamonds with a briolette cut resemble a teardrop shape that has triangular facets all around and emits great brilliance. It is believed that the first diamond briolette cut was invented by Louis Van Berquem. This unique shape has great reference in history when Napoleon Bonaparte gifted her wife, Empress Marie Louise, with a necklace featuring ten Briolette diamonds. The design became popular during the vintage, art deco, and Edwardian periods. Nowadays, colored diamonds with this cut are becoming more popular, allowing the color to reflect more. The round cut diamonds are different from the briolette shape, as the former has a table, culet, and pavilion, while the latter only has triangular facets all around the gemstone.  

The Different Types of Briolette Cut 

Different Types of Briolette Cuts

These are timeless cuts that give a unique style to any piece of jewelry. It gives an eye-catching look to the stone and reflects shine with every facet. There are various types of shapes that have been developed nowadays. Let's have a look at these: 

  • Rose Cut Briolette  

The rose cut features a flat back and domed top, and the entire surface is covered with triangular facets. The facets pattern is arranged in such a manner that it resembles the petals of a rose flower, hence its name. If this cut is combined with a briolette, it gives a mesmerizing shape with a teardrop front surface and a flat back side. This cut gives a new dimension to the jewelry piece, making it stand out from the rest. It is commonly used for earrings and pendants. 

  • Checkerboard Briolette

Checkerboard cut in general features square facets all over the surface of the stone, so that the crown and table resemble a checkerboard pattern. With a combination of pendeloque cuts, the gemstones gives off a classy look. The intricate checkerboard shape reflects the rich color of the gem. It goes well with translucent stones such as opal. However, with innovation and new trends coming, transparent gems are also given this shape.  

  • Concave Briolette 

Concave cut shape has the characteristic feature that it doesn't reflect light but it locks it within itself. It creates a different appearance when combined with a pendeloque shape. Each facet on the surface of the gem reflects shine and brilliance. The concave briolette cut emerald is a beautiful piece that showcases the explicit green color of the stone. This green gemstone with a concave-shaped cut and triangular facets on the surface looks different from the traditional round and pear shaped emeralds. Thus, this explicit cut gives jewelry a beautiful appearance.  
Traditionally it was only used for diamonds but now it is a popular cut for precious and semi-precious stones.  The gemstone cutting process is time consuming, thus it contributes to the higher price of the stone. There are several variations of the pendeloque cut when combined with the traditional cuts that offer a unique aesthetic appeal. The triangular facets on the surface offer high sparkle when looked from any angle, giving a versatile and timeless style to the jewelry. The entire design of this shape is striking, with a thin chain passing through the top and the bottom one hanging down, giving it a dazzling look. 

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