If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional diamond cuts or you want a fabulous accent stone for a jewellery design with added fire and flare, a trillion cut diamond might be the one. Also known as the trilliant cut, the unique symmetry and proportions of the stone make them perfect for accents.
However, their relatively rare use as solitaires and centre stones makes them a great choice if you want a design that stands out from the rest. Read our trillion cut diamond guide for everything you need to know about buying these gorgeous precious stones.
What Is A Trillion Cut Diamond?
Trillion cut diamonds are diamonds that have been cut into a triangular shape. Their three sides are usually of equal length while the surface has a flat table.
When they’re used as accent stones, they’re cut with 31 facets and have straight sides. When they’re to be used as a centre stone in a solitaire ring or another piece of jewellery, they’re usually cut with 50 facets while the edges are given a slight convex shape to make them appear larger than their true carat weight. You can find trillion cut diamonds with variations in shape and the number of facets.
The Origin And History Of Trillion Cut Diamonds
The history of trillion cut diamonds is relatively short, compared to other cuts. The Asscher brothers based in Amsterdam developed the first triangular cut in the 18th century.
Their design inspired other triangular diamond cuts such as the briolette and the Old Mine triangular, which in turn inspired Leon Finker, who created the trillion cut in the mid-1960s. In the late 1970s, Finker tried to trademark the name “trillion,” but by then, it had been applied to any diamond cut into a triangular shape. He patented the cut in 1978, and in 1991, he trademarked the name “trielle.”
These days, all triangular cut diamonds are referred to as trillion cuts. Non-branded triangular cuts are referred to by the generic terms “triangular brilliant” and “triangular modified brilliant.”
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Trillion Cut Diamonds?
The unusual shape of trillion cut diamonds means they have pros and cons. It’s important to consider all these aspects when deciding whether the cut is the right one for you.
Pros of Trillion Cut Diamonds
- They look bigger than princess cut or round diamonds of the same carat
- They have astounding brilliance and fire, so they can hide inclusions and colour
Cons of Trillion Cut Diamonds
- The pointed ends of trillion cut diamonds are exposed to chipping when unmounted and when not properly set in mountings
- Secure prongs are needed to protect the diamonds’ tips – the V-prong is best for protecting your diamond from damage
- The shallow cut of trillion cut diamonds means they can be dimmed easily by small amounts of dirt or dust – you’ll need to clean your diamond more frequently than you would other cuts
How To Measure And Select A Trillion Cut Diamond
There are a few tips to follow when measuring and selecting a trillion cut diamond when buying one loose or if you want one as a centre stone:
- Select an eye-clean stone: Don’t worry too much about a diamond with a flawless clarity grade, as the trillion cut shape hides blemishes and inclusions.
- Check the stone’s depth: Look for a stone with moderate depth, as a shallow depth can affect the stone’s fire and brilliance, even if it does make it look larger.
- Choose a diamond that looks colourless in its setting: Choosing a stone that looks colourless in its setting means you don’t need to pay more for a diamond with a colourless D, E, or F grade
- If you want to use trillion cut diamonds as accent stones, match them with a centre diamond that has similar colour and clarity grades.
What Are The Best Ring Settings For Trillion Cut Diamonds?
As mentioned above, V-prongs are the best prongs for protecting a trillion cut diamond in its setting. As far as settings go, bezel and 3-prong halo settings are perfect for the triangular shape. As beautiful as they are as solitaires, we love the stones in diamond settings where they are used as accents in a three-stone ring.
Do Trillion Cut Diamonds Sparkle?
When not cut too shallow, trillion cut diamonds are famous for their brilliance and fire. In short, yes, they certainly do sparkle!
How Much Is A Trillion Cut Diamond Worth?
The value of a trillion cut diamonds depends on carat weight, clarity, colour, and the quality of the cut. As the price of diamonds increases exponentially with size, large stones cost significantly more per carat.
If you’re looking at trillion cut diamonds as part of a setting, you’ll also need to factor in the number of stones used, the total carat weight, and the type of setting.
How Popular Are Trillion Cut Diamonds In The US And Around The World?
Round cut, princess cut, and other traditional cuts remain more popular than trillion cut diamonds in the US and further afield. In 2017, the trillion cut was the 12th most popular cut – they accounted for only 0.02% of cuts. The top 5 most popular cuts were round, princess, marquise, cushion, and emerald.
That said, the trillion cut diamond is growing in popularity. The renewed interest in the cut is due to its effectiveness in accent stones. Not only do the accents appear larger than their carat weight, they add spectacular sparkle to pieces of jewellery. The cut also is becoming more popular among people who want something different to classic or traditional. Trillion cut diamonds add a beautiful touch of modernity and adventure.
Comparing Trillion Cut Diamonds Vs Other Diamond Cuts
Compared with round, princess, marquise, cushion, emerald, oval, pear, radiant, and other cuts with the same carat weight, trillion cut diamonds look larger. Their cut and the brilliance and fire it produces also makes them one of the best options for stones with inclusions or other flaws. The cut lets you make the most of your stone’s carat weight, which means you can have a larger ring than if you had chosen one of the more popular cuts.
A Brilliant Cut
There’s no doubt about it – trillion cut diamonds are exquisite. Use our guide to help you make the best decisions when looking for the stones for you.