Crisscut™ diamond shape is the creation of Christopher Slowinski, the owner of Christopher Designs. The company holds the design patent and registered trademark for this diamond cut.
The step-cut Crisscut™ has some facets which are crisscrossed, and comes in two shapes: rectangular or octagonal. Triangular facets are applied to the steps in the pavilion. The intriguing Crisscut™ has 77 facets compared to a normal emerald cut’s 44 facets and its unique faceting optimizes the reflection of light, increasing its radiance. When placed next to an emerald cut, the difference is obvious. The Crisscut™ gives new dimension to the traditional emerald and baguette shaped stones by maximizing the ultimate brilliance and fire that a diamond may posses.
Rectangular Crisscut™ diamonds come in calibrated sizes and are used primarily in the manufacturing of jewelry, whereas octagonal Crisscuts are most often purchased as solitaires. The stones are cut in Israel. Emerald-cut rough is used for Crisscut™, but the extra facets waste a little more rough than is used for an emerald cut. The demand for emerald-cut diamonds has caused the price of this type of rough to rise.
Using his innovative Crisscut™ diamond as the central element, Christopher Slowinski created a new bridal collection called Victoria, named after his daughter. As a part of the overall campaign, the company started a program providing a certificate of authenticity for his jewelry, and in addition, embarked upon a new image-oriented ad campaign. Targeting younger consumers, the Victoria collection offers beautiful jewelry, while at the same time, providing affordability in platinum or white gold and diamonds.
The Crisscut™ diamond is more forgiving in SI qualities, face up whiter and have superior brilliance compared to its emerald and baguette counterparts.
Diamond Source of Virginia does not sell the Crisscut brand of diamond.