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Baguette Shape
A rectangular shaped diamond with step like facets. If the two longer sides taper inwards, it is known as a 'tapered baguette'. Click here to learn about diamond shapes.

Blemishes
This refers to the amount of external marks on a stone. Click here to learn more about blemishes and how they affect the clarity of diamonds.

Bow Tie
This is the dark, bow tie shape which can be seen in the table of pear, oval and marquisse shaped polished diamonds.

Brilliance
Refers to the fire of a stone or the amount it sparkles when light is reflected through its facets.

Brillianteer
The craftsman responsible for putting on and polishing the final 40 facets of a diamond after the cross-cutter's work.

Bruting
This is the process by which the diamond's girdle is formed, the basic dimension of the finished diamond.

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