Within this page, we have outlined everything you will need to know about diamond shapes
Round brilliant diamonds are the most popular and account for up to 70% of today’s diamond inventory. Round Brilliant diamonds are perfect for those who want symmetry and brilliance. This is achieved as a result of careful mathematical calculations and years of research to optimize the round cut’s brilliant sparkle. Also, their circular outline makes it a suitable shape for many different types of finger/hand sizes and ring settings.
Oval-cut diamonds offer a refreshing alternative to people who want to steer from the usual trends. With its elongated shape, ovals present an air of elegance that no other shapes possess. This shape can create an illusion of a larger carat. Also, it can flatter the fingers by making them appear longer (perfect for women with smaller sized hands or shorter fingers).
Emerald-cut diamonds are known for their clean and sophisticated appearance. Back in the Art Deco period, this diamond shape was a popular choice for engagement rings. The unique look of the emerald cut diamond is created by the step cuts of its pavilion and its large, open table which were adapted from the cutting techniques used for emerald gemstones.
Asscher-cut diamonds are the heart and soul of Art Deco vintage. This elegant cut feature stepped cut facets and are generally somewhat octagonal in shape. Asscher-cut diamonds while not as brilliant as other shapes, give off a sophisticated vibe that makes them really unique.
Pear-cut diamonds are a combination of a round-cut and a marquise-cut. They resemble a teardrop, due to their one pointed tip. Pear-cut diamonds consist of usually consist of 56 facets; however this may vary due to the pattern that the facet has. Due to their elongated shape, pear-cut diamonds tend to look larger for their carat weight compared to a round-cut.
Old European Cut diamonds are an antique round most well known for their chunkier facets and understated brilliance. OEC diamonds are known for their larger facets, that give it a flower petal-like sparkle, and open cutlet.
Radiant-cuts can be considered as a hybrid between princess and round cut diamonds. They have the fire and brilliance of a round-cut, the clipped corners of an asscher-cut, and the “openness” of a emerald-cut. This shape is perfect for those who are looking for a more modern diamond.
The standards for cushion cut vary more than most other shapes, and personal taste will dictate choice. Cushion-cut diamonds, also known as pillow cuts, is a vintage diamond shape that has increased dramatically in the past few years. They are usually comprised of 58-60 facets and have distinguishable curved corners which give them a pillow-like appearance.
Marquise-cut diamonds, also called navette cut, is a modified brilliant cut that is elongated. Due to their large crown surface, marquise diamonds do appear larger when compared to other diamond shapes with similar carat weights. The marquise brilliant cut diamond can have varying amounts of facets which depends on how the diamond was cut.
As a symbol of love, passion and commitment, the heart cut diamond is a popular choice of shape for engagement rings and anniversary gifts. Heart-cut diamonds usually comprises of 56-60 facets and can vary due to cutting style. When looking for a heart shaped diamonds symmetry is very important. When cut perfectly symmetrical, a heart shaped diamond will display a scintillation pattern and project huge amounts of fire. Due to the need for symmetry, heart shaped diamonds are one of the most challenging shapes to purchase.
Princess-cut diamonds are the second most popular diamond shape after the round diamond. It was first introduced to the world as a “profile cut” in the 1960’s. After a few years, lead cutters were able to perfect the design and renamed it the princess cut. With its’ inverted pyramid profile and sharp corners; the princess-cut offers a unique looking option for those who want to stand out. A princess cut diamond should always be set in a four prong head to protect its corners.