Half Moon Diamonds – An Innovation From Recycling

The concept of half moon shape diamonds are a product of the early to mid 1900s when jewelers were beginning to experiment with new stone cutting options. One problem a lot of diamond cutters were trying to solve is “what do we do with all of the broken round and oval diamonds?”.

Yes, even diamonds, the hardest substance known to man, are still capable of being broken if it is hit at the wrong place at the wrong time. The end result is savvy diamond cutters started buying loose, broken diamonds for next to nothing from people who thought they were helpless, and recutting them into a creative new accent stone, which would be straight on one side and round on the other, with brilliant style faceting. Thus, the half-moon cut diamond was born.

The half-moon is primarily used as an accent stone, although with today’s trends of unique, one-of-a-kind designs, it’s not crazy to envision a larger one as a center stone. They make especially good accents to elongated stones like cushion cut, radiant and oval diamonds, and they could also make for a really unique pair of diamond stud earrings, or even solitaire pendant.

Similar to an oval diamond, it is possible for half moon diamonds to exhibit a dark shadow known as a “bow-tie effect”. This is going to be specific to each individual stone based on how its cut. Just like with other cuts, a really well cut half moon diamond should be able to sparkle across the entire face.

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