One of the first steps when purchasing a diamond engagement ring is deciding what diamond shape you want. The shape of a diamond refers to the outline of the stone and has a large impact on the overall appearance of the diamond itself.
Deciding the shape of the diamond in an engagement ring is completely based on personal preference, and with all the options available, it can be a little overwhelming at times. To help with the chaos, we’ve pulled together a list of five popular diamond engagement ring shapes.
Round diamonds are currently the most popular shape for engagement rings and account for 75 percent of all diamonds sold. Round diamonds look exactly as they sound, round in shape. When viewing the diamond from the top down, they look like a sphere. However, they are actually shaped like a cone. These diamonds are considered more popular than fancy shapes because of their ability to maximize potential brightness and give off the most sparkle, fire and brilliance. Round diamonds are the most brilliant diamonds of all cuts. Learn more about round cut diamonds here.
A princess cut diamond is square with 90-degree corners and gives off a brilliant appearance due to its faceting. These diamonds have a great amount of sparkle, fire and brilliance. This is the perfect shaped diamond for someone who loves the fire of the traditional round diamond, but is seeking something a little more unique. Princess cut diamonds are excellent for for the budget-conscious shopper. Princess diamonds typically have a slightly lower price per carat than round diamonds. It’s also important to keep in mind that princess-shaped diamonds should always be set with v-tip prongs or in a bezel in order to protect all four of its corners and to avoid any potential chipping. Learn more about princess shaped diamonds here.
Emerald Cut Diamonds
Buyers who opt for an emerald-cut diamond are usually drawn to its classic and elegant look. Compared with other shapes, an emerald cut diamond tends to be less fiery, but instead it produces a “hall of mirrors” effect that plays off of both its light and dark plains. Emerald-cut diamonds can vary from being somewhat square and boxy to fairly narrow and rectangular in shape. It’s elongated shape looks especially lovely set in a diamond halo an on a narrow band. Emerald cut stones have a rich and regal history and are often set in vintage style ring settings. Learn more about emerald cut diamonds here.
Radiant Cut Diamonds
Radiant cut diamonds are typically lively and vibrant square or rectangular diamonds that have only been around for the past 30 years or so. Similar to princess-shaped diamonds, they too create a highly brilliant appearance and have a great amount of sparkle, fire and sparkle. However, instead of 90-degree corners, radiant diamonds have angled, or cut, corners. Because radiant cut diamonds are a newer, more modern cut, these diamonds are often mounted in modern ring settings. Learn more about radiant cut diamonds here.
Cushion Cut Diamonds
Cushion cut diamonds are known for their unique shape – not quite round, not quite square. Many consider cushion cut diamonds to have a pillow-like shape with straight sides and rounded corners. Although a cushion-shaped diamond is typically less brilliant than its round counterparts, it will typically produce more fire than emerald cuts, making it very desirable. Cushion cut diamonds have become increasingly popular over the last five years. Cushion shape diamonds look especially beautiful set in antique or vintage style settings. Learn more about cushion cut diamonds here.
In our next post, we will touch on five more diamond shapes for engagement rings.
Shapiro Diamonds is a Dallas custom jeweler specializing in diamond engagement rings.