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Baguette diamonds stepped onto the scene in the 20th century as a modern and functional cut. Today, baguette diamonds have become a popular choice for three-stone engagement rings due to their shape and average carat size.
What Is a Baguette Diamond?
A baguette diamond is a step-cut diamond commonly used as a side stone or accent stone. Baguette diamonds are long and rectangular or tapered and feature 14 facets.
“You will usually find baguettes flanking a larger center diamond in a three-stone ring,” explains Olivia Landau, a GIA-certified gemologist and founder of The Clear Cut. “They are rarely used as a center stone for an engagement ring.” But that doesn’t make them any less desirable. They are less expensive than other cuts, so they make an excellent choice for someone on a budget, and their shape gives any ring a beautiful vintage look.
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Pros and Cons of Baguette Diamonds
“Cut and clarity matter more when it comes to a baguette-cut diamond,” Gemist founder and CEO Madeline Fraser tells Brides. “Baguette stones require fewer cuts than other cuts of diamonds. There are only 14 facets in a baguette-cut stone; this means that precision is important. With other stone cuts, you can get away with a lower clarity because many facets help to cover up imperfections.” If you choose a ring with baguette diamond side stones, you should make sure they match when laid side by side and that they don’t clash with the appearance of the center stone.
While baguette diamonds are often accents, that certainly doesn’t mean they can’t be the center stone. “To really show off the shape and look of the stone, the best setting is solitaire or solitaire pavé,” says Fraser. “With this setting, the baguette stone can be oriented north/south for a classic look or east/west for a more modern approach.”
What to Look for in a Baguette Diamond
- How can I tell if the ring is high quality? If you do choose a baguette as your center stone, keep this in mind: “They are not as brilliant as other popular cuts such as a round cut or even emerald cut,” cautions Mason Roberts, founder of Ringagement. “And because they don’t sparkle as well, their inclusions and color flaws are more visible.”
- How much do baguette diamond rings cost? When comparing baguette diamonds to other shapes and cuts, baguette rings are the least expensive. Baguette rings are graded based on a 4C grading scale, which means that the higher the grade, the more expensive the ring will be.
- Wearability: Due to their shapes, baguette diamonds are more prone to chipping and dulling. If the diamond does withstand damage, seek help from your jeweler immediately—the type of setting you select will also help keep your ring looking its best. The setting will also hold the diamond securely if it does have any damage.
How to Care for a Baguette Diamond Ring
You can take care of your baguette diamond the same way you would take care of any other diamond. Keep it clean with jewelry cleaner or soap and warm water, and choose a well-made setting. “Since baguettes have pointed corners, you want to make sure that when they are set, the corners are protected,” Landau adds.
History of the Baguette Diamond
The baguette diamond was introduced during the 1920s Art Deco movement. “Reminiscent of the roaring ‘20s, the baguette diamond has a vintage nostalgia that is incredibly alluring,” Fraser says. “It was named for its elongated rectangular shape after a French baguette. It’s timeless in its classic beauty—a cut that will never go out of style.”
Baguettes vs. Emeralds
You might look at a baguette and an emerald-cut diamond and see similarities. Although these are both rectangular, long step-cuts, there are differences between the two. “Emerald cuts have 50-58 facets while baguettes have 14 facets,” Landau explains. “Baguettes tend to be longer and skinnier than emerald cuts and lack the distinctive cut corners. Emerald cuts can also be found in larger carat weights and are popular center stones, while baguettes are usually smaller accent stones.”
Ahead, see 20 of the best baguette diamond rings.
Natalie Marie Baguette Ring in Champagne Quartz
Sometimes simple is best when it comes to elegance. The Baguette Ring in Champagne Quartz proves this. The large champagne quartz stone sits at the center of the ring, while the band remains simple with no added stones. The champagne quartz stone compliments the warm tones of the gold ring.
James Allen 14K White Gold Baguette And Round Zig Zag Diamond Ring
The baguette diamonds on this ring are masterfully placed in different directions, which makes the pattern on the ring unique. There are also small rounded diamonds in between to add exceptional brilliance around the entire length of the ring.
Gorjana Diamond and White Topaz Ring Set
Stacking rings are having a moment. If you're looking to have a stacked engagement ring, opt for his diamond and white topaz set. The gold mixed with the diamonds, sparkles every time it catches the light. The stones are also simple, and not bulky, making them perfect for everyday wear.