Unbeknownst to some, there are an array of diamond shapes that can be chosen for an engagement ring.
When people think of diamonds and diamond rings, the traditional round brilliant shape springs to mind as suspected, as it is the first choice of many. However, there are a few other diamond shapes that may have been overlooked or unheard of completely. We’ve structured a brief guide on eleven of the diamond shapes in hopes that you will find the perfect diamond shape for you!
Round Brilliant – The most traditional of the diamond shapes, it is the go-to choice for a majority of buyers. Over 75% of diamond sales are dominated by the Round Brilliant shape.
A 58-facet cut, split among its crown (which is the top), girdle (the widest part) and its pavilion (the base of the diamond) is graded through a precise formula to achieve its absolute maximum in brilliance.
Oval – This symmetrical design seems to be popular amongst the petit-handed women as allegedly elongates the fingers, making it quite a dainty design.
Marquise – Similar to the Oval shape, although it’s a little slimmer and pinches in at the either end.
Did you know this shape was inspired by Marquise de Pompadour’s (Madame de Pompadour) smile?
It was then commissioned by the Sun Kind, France’s Louis XIV, who requested a diamond that matched her smile.
Pear – The Pear shape is a combination of the Oval and Marquise; a hybrid cut.
It closely resembles the shape of a tear drop, and is stunning on the average sized hand.
This is an excellent cut for pendants and earrings.
Heart – The shape of a heart, or a pear shaped diamond with a cleft on the top.
A gorgeous shape that only the excellent skill of a cutter could craft – look for the cut that has an even shape and a strong outline.
Emerald – Also known as a step cut, because of its flat planes that resemble the steps on stairs.
This is a great cut to select for inclusions and inferior colour, as it is more pronounced in this particular shape.
Princess – The second most popular choice following the Round Brilliant. Frequently seen on solitaire engagement rings and is most attractive on longer fingers.
Trilliant – The wedge, or triangular, shape was first designed in Amsterdam.
Although it looks triangular, more rounded shapes do exist.
Radiant – The square/rectangular shapes holds the elegance of the Emerald and the brilliance of the Round Brilliant; another sort-of hybrid.
Roughly seventy facets maximise the effect of its colour refraction.
Cushion Cut – Quite a vintage cut from the late nineteenth to early twentieth-century styles, drawing in remnants from the ‘Old Mine Cut’, a deep cut with large facets.
Asscher Cut – Another of Amsterdam origin that was popular in the 20s.
It has an art deco feel to it and was desired at the time – the Asscher Diamond Company, who brought it to popularity, went out of business during the Depression and this shape vanished from the market for a while. Only recently has it re-appeared and come back into style.