Your engagement ring is something you’ll wear for the rest of your life. So you, of course, want to search for an engagement ring that perfectly reflects your style and tastes. That’s why we generally recommend choosing your desired diamond shape early in the engagement ring shopping process, as diamond shape sets the overall style of your ring. Not sure which diamond shape fits your style? Below, we’re sharing some notes on the style of each diamond shape to help you find the perfect shape for you.
Round is easily the most popular diamond shape. Over 50% of all diamonds sold today are round diamonds. This shape is beloved in part because it has a lovely, classic style. Round cut diamonds are elegant, traditional, and simply stunning. They pair well with any ensemble, as well as with virtually any engagement ring setting. Round diamonds are also loved for their extraordinarily high brilliance. Round diamonds, the most brilliant of all diamond shapes, feature a faceting pattern that’s specifically designed to maximize shimmer. Brilliant and truly classic, round cut diamonds are perfect for those who have an eye for timeless beauty.
Princess cut diamonds have a sleek, modern style. This diamond cut, which looks like a square when viewed from above, boasts clean lines that give it a decidedly contemporary beauty. In addition to being sleek and chic, princess cut diamonds are quite brilliant. So while princess cut diamonds feature a streamlined look, they’re not short on glamour, making them a well-rounded option for those with an eye for modern design.
Cushion cut diamonds are highly romantic, with a lovely vintage look. Cushion cut diamonds are a modern version of a vintage diamond shape, the old mine cut. The cushion cut combines the soft, rounded shape of the old mine cut with a modified version of the round brilliant cut diamond’s faceting pattern. This combination creates a gorgeous effect: cushion cut diamonds have a vintage look, due to their shape, but also have the stunning shimmer that’s only possible with modern cuts. Cushion cut diamonds are an ideal option for those who want a vintage look, yet also want to make sure their engagement ring is beautifully brilliant.
Oval cut diamonds are somewhat similar to round brilliant cut diamonds, with a similar silhouette and a brilliant cut. But the oval cut diamond’s elongated shape creates a more distinctive, and also somewhat more elegant look that’s simply enchanting. Oval cut diamonds are perfect for those who love the classic look and high brilliance of a round cut diamond, yet want something a bit more unique.
Emerald cut diamonds feature step cut facets that create a gorgeous type of light reflection. The long, linear facets of an emerald cut diamond create larger flashes of light, which are quite glamorous. These larger facets also allow you to see clearly into the center of an emerald cut diamond, showing off its crystal clear beauty. The unique cut of the emerald diamond gives it a captivating, purely elegant look, making it ideal for those who have a sophisticated sense of style.
Pear diamonds, also known as teardrop diamonds, are glamourous yet highly unique. This brilliant cut diamond shape is rounded on one end, then narrows into a sharp point at the other end, giving it an incredibly distinctive look. This diamond shape is the perfect choice for someone who is confident and loves to draw eyes from across the room.
The asscher cut diamond has a unique Art Deco Era vintage beauty. Like the emerald cut diamond, the asscher cut diamond is a step cut diamond shape. But the asscher cut diamond features a highly unique faceting pattern, which was the first ever diamond cut to be patented. This faceting pattern, created in the early 1900s, gives the asscher cut diamond a look that’s all its own, making the asscher cut diamond ideal for those who love uncommon beauty.
The marquise diamond has a beautifully unique shape. This brilliant cut diamond shape is slim, with curving edges that narrow to a point at each tip. The marquise diamond is perfect for someone who loves to stand out from the crowd.
Heart shaped diamonds are utterly romantic and also rather dramatic. This diamond shape, cut into the shape of a heart, is feminine and incredibly eye-catching, since heart shaped diamonds are a rare choice. Heart shaped diamonds are quite rare in general, as it takes exceptional skill to create a well cut heart shaped diamond. Heart shaped diamonds are the perfect option for true romantics who love a boldly beautiful look.