Engagement rings are important, and they can last forever. So knowing what kind of diamond you want is vital! Here is a guide of all cuts of diamonds there are, and examples of each. Which one is right for you?
The round brilliant-cut diamond is both classic and popular. It has 57-58 facets to bring out the most shine and sparkle. These facets radiate outwards and are specially positioned so the light works to enhance the diamond’s twinkle.
The princess cut is the second most popular shape. This is a square or slightly rectangular shape with pointed corners. The princess cut is considered a bit more contemporary. It is still a brilliant cut, and has intricate facets for a whopping amount of sparkle.
The emerald-cut diamond has long, lean lines. This is a rectangular cut diamond with a larger open table (table means top, or flat surface). It has fewer facets, and instead shows off the clarity of the diamond. The emerald cut typically has clipped corners instead of pointed ones.
The Asscher-cut diamond is often considered a “square emerald.” This diamond evokes a vintage feel from the 1920s or 1930s. Sometimes, the Asscher cuts have clipped corners so deep that the diamond appears to be an octagon.
The radiant-cut diamond exists, but is rarely seen. This diamond is perfect for those looking for something unique. It is often a rectangle, although it can be square, with clipped corners, like the emerald cut, but it also uses the facets like the brilliance of a round cut.
The cushion-cut, or pillow-cut diamonds, are more unique shapes. These have rounded corners and large facets to increase their brilliance. These large facets also highlight the clarity of the diamond. These can be both square and rectangular, and are considered to have a soft and romantic look.
The marquise-cut diamond is a dramatic brilliant cut. With tapered points at both ends, it can maximize carat weight, creating a much larger-looking diamond than a round diamond of the same carat weight. Also, it pairs well with round or pear-shaped side stones.
The pear-cut diamond is also known as the teardrop, since it has just one point and one rounded end. This is also a brilliant cut, with multiple facets. It can create a subtle slimming effect on the fingers.
The oval-shaped diamond is classic, yet different. Oval diamonds are brilliant-cut, with an elongated shape to accentuate long, slender fingers and to add an interesting twist to ring.
The heart-shaped diamond is incredibly distinctive. It is not as often the choice for engagement rings, but instead is seen in pendants, and in colors such as yellow, pink, or red.