Diamond shape refers to the overall geometric physical appearance of the stone while the cut refers to how a diamond fair with light. Diamond shapes have their own appeal with the cuts for each shape bringing out the brilliance of the stone. While the cut is one of the 4 C's by which the quality of a diamond is graded and evaluated, the shapes of diamond aren’t. The cut of the diamond focuses on the facets and angles while the diamond ring shapes appeal to aesthetics; so one should also regard the latter when considering the quality diamond jewelry and the shape as personal preference.
Among the most popular shapes are the round diamond and princess cut but do not feel yourself limited to these since we offer other amazing cuts and designs, including unique shapes such as the pear and heart. We also offer re-emerging cuts like the square cushion. Whichever, shape and cut you choose, always let your sensibility and style dictate the appropriate diamond settings for yourself or for your loved one.
Round Cut Diamonds I Round Cut Engagement Rings
Do you prefer brilliance among anything else in your diamonds? If so, round cut diamonds are the perfect stones for you. The most in demand cut, which makes an estimated 75% share of diamonds sold, round cut diamonds have lower yield surpassing other fancy diamond shapes in terms of brilliance and brightness.
Princess Cut DiamondsI Princess Cut Rings
Another cut gaining a reputation among brides to be is the princess cut, which was designed by Betzalel Ambar and Israel Itzkowitz in the 1980s. Though a much newer cut compared to the round brilliant, the princess is a revered fancy cut for engagement rings because of its flexibility with ring settings.
Cushion Cut Diamonds I Cushion Cut Engagement Rings
Those who prefer a vintage feel to their engagement rings will find solace in the beauty of a cushion cut diamond; a cut that's all about old world charm, spanning an existence of more than 200 years. Commonly called as the old mine cut, cushion cut diamonds are the amalgam of a square cut with round corners. Though subordinate in terms of brilliance to the round cut diamond, a cushion cut displays superiority in fire.
Radiant Cut Diamonds I Radiant Cut Engagement Rings
It’s easy to confuse a radiant cut with a princess cut because of the similarity in shape but this is not the case. Always remember that radiant cut diamonds are considered the first ever square to achieve an integrated and complete brilliant- cut facet on the crown and pavilion. The cut is a bridge between a princess and cushion.
Emerald Cut Diamonds I Emerald Cut Engagement Rings
This cut is originally meant for emeralds than diamonds. The uniqueness of the emerald cut however won the hearts of diamond cutters and jewelers with only 3% of gem quality diamonds befitting this shape. Unlike a cushion cut, emerald cut diamonds have less fire but the shape and long lines allow the light to give the diamond a dramatic as well as a sophisticated appeal.
Oval Cut Diamonds I Oval Cut Engagement Rings
Do you want the brilliance and fire of the round brilliant cut diamond but prefer a much more unique version of it? Oval cut engagement rings are the ideal choice for you. This cut is a modified version of the round brilliant cut but made slender in shape, giving the diamond an apparition of greater size than it is.
Pear-Shaped Diamonds I Pear-Shaped Engagement Rings
The pear shape is an altered brilliant-cut, which attempts to incorporate the style of marquise and the round cut. While commonly used for earrings and pendants because of the teardrop-like shape, pear-shaped diamonds have become a favored cut because of its vintage feel.
Marquise Diamonds I Marquise Engagement Rings
Did you know that the name of this cut comes from the Marquise of Pompadour ? The marquise was thought to have been commissioned by King Louis XIV to create a diamond cut liking to a woman’s ideal shaped lips. No matter what the origin of this cut’s name, there is no denying the beauty of a marquise diamond engagement ring especially when you are looking for a cut that antes up the perceived size of the diamond.
Heart-Shaped Diamonds I Heart-Shaped Engagement Rings
When choosing a heart-shaped engagement ring, symmetry should be on top of your list. It is important for the two halves of the heart to be of identical size. On another note, pick a heart-shaped diamond no lesser than .50 carats, otherwise the shape may not be as distinctive as it should be. A true symbol of love, heart-shaped diamonds are definitely here to stay.
Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds
Round diamonds are by far the most popular choice for brides and grooms to be. The modern version of the round cut is called a brilliant cut diamond and has 58 facets that act like tiny mirrors, giving maximum light reflection out of the face of the stone. The brilliant cut diamond was developed by Marcel Tolkowsy in 1919 and is used as a guideline for cutting the perfect or 'ideal' diamond. Due to higher demand and usually the highest waste from cutting a polished diamond from rough, round cut diamonds are higher in price compared to other 'fancy' shaped diamonds.
Square Princess Cut Diamonds
Princess cut diamonds are the second most popular shape and mostly come as square shaped, but occasionally can be elongated. Princess cut diamonds have as much brilliance as rounds and are sometimes referred to as square brilliant diamonds. To get a square diamond, you'll want to look for a width-length ratio of 1-1.05. The corners of the princess cut are 90 degree points. Princess cut diamonds are not graded for cut by the GIA as there are no 'ideal' measurements, but do have a polish and symmetry grading.
Cushion Cut Diamonds
Cushion cut diamonds have been popular for over a century and are also know as 'pillow cut diamonds'. The cushion cut has rounded corners and mildly rounded sides. Cushion cut diamonds can come 'square' or 'rectangle' and the length-width ratio can greatly affect the look of the stone. In some cases, a ring can only be set with either a square or a rectangle cushion cut diamond, depending on the design. For example if it has a fixed halo of diamonds around it.
Radiant Cut Diamonds
Radiant cut diamonds are similar to princess cut diamonds but more commonly come rectangle and they have cut off corners. The radiant cut is also of the brilliant cuts and has the same high level of brilliance as princesses and rounds. Look for a length-width ratio of 1-1.05 for square radiant diamonds and 1.10-1.15 for rectangular radiants.
Emerald Cut Diamonds
Emerald cut diamonds are similar in shape to radiant cut diamonds, also with cut off corners and flat edges, but are step cut, rather than brilliant cut. The step cut gives the appearance of large shimmering mirrors that reflect light out of the face of the large table. When choosing an emerald cut diamond, higher clarity is recommended as imperfections are more easily located with the naked eye (eg. for SI1-SI2 diamonds).
Oval Cut Diamonds
Oval diamonds are very similar to round brilliant diamonds, but are simply longer. Oval cuts are one of the more popular of the fancy shapes with the ideal combination of price, size and brilliance, together with the soft rounded edges.
Pear shaped diamonds or teardrops have one side rounded and the other pointed. This unique look is very popular with those looking for an alternative or vintage style. It's especially popular with earrings and pendants due to their length and the way they hang like a teardrop.
Marquise diamonds give the largest size per carat weight as they are generally shallow cut and their double sided pointed edges make them longer than any other diamond. Marquise diamonds, like pears are excellent for pendants and earrings and also for engagement rings as they make the fingers look long and slender.
Heart shapes are for the true romantics. The symbol of love cut into an eternal-lasting diamond is the special choice for engagement rings. Limited designs of engagement rings are available for heart shaped diamonds, but we'd be happy to custom make you any design when you purchase a loose heart diamond.