Step cut

A cutting style that features long, narrow facets in rows (usually three) running parallel to the girdle on both the crown and pavilion. The emerald cut is the most popular step cut. Like round brilliants, emerald cuts normally have 58 facets (including the culet). The table of a step cut diamond is usually square or rectangular, with beveled corners.

Steps cuts produce a "hall-of-mirrors" effect with their interplay of light and dark panes, in contrast to the "crushed ice" appearance of most brilliant cuts.

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