What Shapes Do Diamonds Come In?

by | Aug 12, 2019 | Diamonds 101, Engagement Rings, gemstone designs, loose diamonds

Diamonds come in all shapes and sizes. But how are you supposed to know which one to choose? Check out our guide to learn more about the types of diamond cuts to choose from for your engagement ring or custom jewelry.

Round Cut

The most popular cut for diamonds is the ever-classic round cut diamond. Round cut diamonds are popular because they maximize the brilliance and fire possible within a diamond. These stones have been fine-tuned by gemologists for decades and are the only cut to receive an official rating.

Princess Cut

Princess cut diamonds are another popular cut for diamonds. They blend classic style with a modern and crisp finish. Available in both square and rectangle shape, these diamonds are special because they emit light and show fire in the middle and the corners.

Marquise Cut

If you are looking for style and elegance, look no further than the Marquise cut. This football-shaped stone creates the illusion that the gem is bigger than it is. It is perfect for a vintage loving girl. Its unique shape elongates and slims the fingers. One famous marquise cut diamond was the first ring David Beckham gave to his wife Victoria Beckham.

Cushion Cut

Cushion cut diamonds are like princess diamonds with one slight difference. These stones have rounded corners as opposed to the sharp corners of a princess cut. They are available in squares or rectangles and are known for retaining as much of the original diamond weight as possible.

Cushion cut diamonds are named for their resemblance to pillows. Don’t sleep on these diamonds though – their larger facets make them stunningly brilliant.

Emerald Cut

Emerald cut is a unique way to showcase a diamond. Marked by rectangular step-cut facts, this cut showcases the clarity of these diamonds. Fewer facets in these stoned means that any imperfections of a stone will be seen, so make sure you choose a high-quality stone if you want this cut.

Asscher Cut

If the 1920’s are calling your name, the Asscher cut diamond is the stone for you. Asscher cut diamonds are similar to Emerald cut stones but they are squares instead of rectangles. One of the most famous diamond rings is the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond – a 33-carat Asscher cut ring.

Radiant Cut

If you are taken by the brilliance of a round cut and the lines of an emerald cut, then the radiant cut diamond is perfect for you. This modern style sparkles beautifully and can pair well with other accent diamonds if needed.

Oval Cut

Oval cut diamonds are a wonderful alternative to the round cut diamond. Crafted similarly, Oval cut diamonds add a modern twist to the classic diamond shape. Elongate fingers with this stunning cut.

Pear Shaped

For a delicate bride, look no further than the Pear-shaped diamond. Its unique teardrop shape is another cut that will slim the fingers and hands of the lucky lady that wears it. If you want a diamond known for its brilliance, Pear cut diamonds are an excellent choice.

If you are still unsure of which diamond style to choose, reach out to Matt and schedule a private jewelry appointment. He will help you find the perfect diamond shape for your jewelry.

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About the Author

Matt O'Desky

I grew up in Chicago where we always had a “Diamond District” – an area of town with a slew of buildings filled with dozens of private jewelry wholesalers and upstairs diamond dealers.

When I moved to Texas, and realized there were few if any private jewelers, and I knew what I should do: Deliver a far more personalized experience, in a far more relaxed and enjoyable environment than any department store jeweler could possibly offer.

And show my clients obviously better diamonds at clearly better prices.

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