When it comes to picking the right engagement ring, there are thousands of diamonds to choose from. From metal choices to styles to the size and type of the center stone, engagement rings are as varied as the women who wear them. The shape of the diamond is often what sets the tone for the ring—so how do you know which shape is right for you?
It’s important to know that a ring’s shape does not refer to its cut. While the shape is the overall geometry and appearance of the diamond, the cut is the diamond’s actual facets and proportions; the cut determines its ability to reflect light, and the shape allows different parts of the stone to ring out.
There are ten popular diamond shapes today: round, princess, oval, marquise, emerald, cushion, pear, radiant, Asscher, and heart.
Round is often referred to as “brilliant” because its shape maximizes a diamond’s cut qualities. Round diamonds account for more than 75% of all diamonds sold.Princess
A princess cut is a square-shaped diamond with faceted edges. It’s unmistakably fun and flirty, and it’s also one of the least expensive diamonds to create; all the more reason to add it to your finger.Oval
Oval diamonds share many of the characteristics of round cuts, with the exception of symmetry. Gorgeous as a solitaire, its long slender shape also looks beautiful flanked with smaller gemstones.Marquise
A marquise cut unique; its shape, an oval that has been pulled to points at its narrow ends, typically has hexagonal facets at the top and bottom to reflect light. Many like to flank the sides of the marquise cut with additional diamonds, making it ideal for those looking for rings with more texture (or more diamonds).Emerald
Emerald cuts are flat-topped rectangles with long, lean facets. While the emerald shape won’t win any sparkle points, it makes up for its clear confidence and quiet glamour. Not everyone can pull an emerald cut off, but those who do will be remembered for it.
Cushion cuts, also known as square or pillow cuts, are best used on larger stones where clarity can be displayed prominently. This popular cut was all the rage at the turn of the 19th century; its brilliance stands the test of time.Radiant
If you’ve seen a Radiant diamond, count yourself among the lucky. This shape marries the glitz of the emerald with the brilliance of the round cut and features 70 facets to maximize the effect of its light refraction.Asscher
The Asscher is the square version of the emerald shape, and its thick profile and clipped corners hold to its art deco roots. If your maiden loves vintage, this could be the shape for her.Love takes many forms, and so do diamonds. With so many to choose from, you are bound to find one that speaks to your personality and style as well as your relationship. Let us know in the comments which one you chose!