A tapered baguette is a relatively small, elongated diamond where the two long sides taper inward to form a long trapezoidal shape. The word “baguette” is a French word for a long, narrow loaf of bread. The tapered baguette is a set cut with the classic elegance of the emerald shape and not the sparkle of brilliant cuts.
The simple, geometric shape has a classic sheen to it and is a good contrast with brilliant cut shapes which have more fire and sparkle. The understated look of the tapered baguette lends itself to use as matched side stones flanking rounds, ovals, princess and other classic shapes.
Tapered baguettes are generally set one on each side of a center stone but can be grouped together to form a bigger look. Two or three tapered baguettes on each side produce a fan shaped pattern.
Mixtures of straight and tapered baguettes can be used to create unique jewelry designs, especially for pendants. The baguettes can be channel set to form curves and other fascinating shapes which make it a versatile cut from a design perspective.
Baguettes are extraordinarily clear. When baguettes are used as match pairs, they should be similar in quality, color and clarity to each other and the stone they are enhancing. The step-cut appearance is unforgiving in terms of clarity as little imperfections are much easier to see than in brilliant cuts which have many more facets hiding inclusions.