What is a Calf Cut Diamond?

Calf cut calf's head

What makes the calf cut diamond so uncommon and why does it have such an unusual name? Let’s discuss in further detail all about these special little diamonds.

The five-sided calf cut diamond (also called Calf’s Head) gets its unique name from the way the shape of the stone looks as it resembles two calf’s heads. You can choose this exclusive stone in two different cuts: brilliant and step cut. They more often as side stones to complement a larger diamond rather than center stones.

What is so special about the Calf Cut Diamond?

As much as we adore the classic princess diamond shapes, let’s face it sometimes we just need something different. Of course who doesn’t love the gorgeous brilliant round diamond and its glorious luster, but they are rather basic and it seems like every girl has one.

If you still like a nice clear diamond but want to really make a statement then the calf diamond might be a viable contender for you. The calf cut is a modified trapezoid shape with an extra side which gives it a total of six sides. Having these six sides makes it look so interesting and really catch your eye.

If you are wanting something fresh and fun this would be the perfect diamond for you. You could even consider it in a different color if you are brave and want something really individual. Whatever you choose this precious stone truly has a subtle elegance of its own.

Pros and Cons of the Calf Cut Diamond?

One pro of this interesting cut is that it makes a really sophisticated side stone and is one of the best on the market. It looks so stunning paired beside either the princess or emerald cut as it doesn’t steal their fire but adds to it. This diamond is perfect for that person who wants something different and something new.

They make a really good substitute to trillion diamonds since they have more depth and this in turn of course makes them more dazzling.

The calf diamond does have lots of little points though which can be prone to chipping and nicking. Since the cut is also so very complex you will need to find a reputable seller and you may have to search through several companies before you find the right one.


  • Great for accent stones
  • Best paired with princess or emerald cuts


  • This is a more expensive diamond cut.
  • It’s more susceptible to chipping

Are Calf Cut Diamonds Expensive?

The uncommon cut calf cut diamonds can be more costly because they are harder to come by and the trimming procedure requires much skill and artistry. However, when you do find the perfect one it can be rather exciting!

The calf cut diamond is considered rare and because of this, the cost is a bit higher. The brilliant-cut is a bit more money than the regular step cut which doesn’t look as sparkly.

It also can be a challenge to find a reputable supplier and then after you have done that you need to make sure they know how to cut these types of stones properly.

What is the Best Setting for a Calf Cut Diamond?

It usually is recommended that if you are looking to buy a wedding or engagement ring with side stones then you should examine the calf cut. This distinct particular stone works so well in that setting and complements other diamonds very well.

There is no ideal ratio for these diamonds. This means you will need to find a manufacturer with strong skills in cutting these types of diamonds and make sure that the original rough stone is good enough to start with.

These diamonds can be found in either the brilliant cut or the step cut. The brilliant cut has many facets and looks much more sparkly whereas the step cut features just six sides and the facets are larger and parallel to each other.

The calf diamond surely does have stunning visual appeal and will add flair and character to any diamond ring. Whether you decide on this eye-pleasing rare stone as your main stone or side stone it surely will pop out and make a statement.

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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