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Hexagon cut

Ideal for coloured  gemstones with rich, vibrant colour.


This cut is becoming increasingly popular for large coloured gemstones, especially when they are set into solitaire rings. Rarely used on gems below three carats, when viewed from above, the hexagon cut is similar in shape to a British fifty pence piece (I know this coin has seven sides and not six, but other than a gazebo try finding another hexagon shape that everyone is familiar with!)

It is also worthwhile mentioning that although octagon cuts traditionally have a shape similar to an emerald cut, today some octagon cuts have sides that are equal in length, providing an appearance similar to a hexagon cut, but with two additional sides.

The shape is normally step cut, with one or two steps above the girdle and three or four below. For gems with good clarity, when studying the cut from above, it provides an attractive, symmetrical appearance and your eyes are naturally drawn along the lines of the pavilion towards the centralised culet.

The cut tends to result in a fairly large table facet (window), so it is better suited to the darker hues of gems such as Amethyst, Sapphire, Ruby, Iolite and Swiss Blue Topaz.

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A Hexagon cut.