When it comes to buying diamonds, size isn’t everything. In fact, shape has a lot to do with how the final appearance of your engagement ring will look like.
While a round cut is the traditional shape of choice, you have a multitude of diamond cuts to choose from. Depending on the amount of bling you’re looking for and whether you want a contemporary or antique setting, there are different types of diamond shapes to cater to different tastes.
The primary decision when it comes to choosing a shape is largely up to personal preference. Factors like whether you like the way it looks or whether you feel comfortable with the ring’s appearance will play a large role.
Cost may also be another factor that comes into play here. For example, with the choice of different shapes, you can choose a cut that offers more sparkle from a smaller size rock. If you can’t afford or don’t want to pay for a larger diamond, an elongated shape like an emerald of pear shaped diamond will help you create the appearance of a larger looking diamond.
Here’s a brief summary of the popular shapes of diamonds:
Cushion Cut Engagement Ring
The cushion cut is an antique cut that falls between an Old Mine Cut (popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) and a modern oval. It’s not as flashy as many of the modern cuts but it has a romantic and antique feel to it.
Because this cut doesn’t follow the rules of modern cuts (such as the scintillation it creates), choosing this cut is based largely on personal preference. If possible, you should choose a diamond that has a cut rating attached, such as “good” or “very good.”
Education resource for more information about cushion shaped diamonds: https://beyond4cs.com/shapes/cushion/
Emerald Cut Engagement Ring
The emerald cut is a classic square or rectangle shape with cut corners. The edges resemble steps and the top is flat, much like a shiny table top. Because the cut is rigged, it creates a stepped scintillation pattern and portray an elegant look that many women prefer.
When buying emerald shaped diamonds, a high quality diamond is essential. This is because you can literally look right into the rock and this is why a clear, brilliant diamond is vital.
Marquise Diamond Cut Engagement Ring
In contrast to the emerald cut, the marquise cut is known as a “fancy” cut for its intricate design and brilliant reflective properties. The diamond is cut to be about twice as long as it is wide and finished with tapered ends.
Because of the shine created in this cutting style, it is possible to buy a smaller rock and still achieve a brilliant effect. Marquise diamonds are often set in a solitaire setting to highlight the outline of the stone. This type of shape is also good for making fingers appear longer.
Princess Cut Engagement Ring
The princess cut was developed as an economical alternative to other square cuts and is able to produce maximum brilliance. Do note that this type of diamond cut will have an impact on the choice of setting.
Make sure that the setting is a high priority that is able to securely protect the fragile edges of the diamond. You should also speak with a jeweler to help you pick the best rock for your budget.