The most popular shape of diamond is the round but you can get diamonds in many different shapes. When the diamond is not round it is usually referred to as a fancy shape diamond. Here are the most common diamond shapes. Make sure to study them before you move on to decide what type of diamond your heart is yearning for.
Round Most people think about the round brilliant diamonds when they hear about diamond shapes. The round diamond is by far the most common style and therefore there has been a lot of research on how to cut it to get the best performance when it comes to radiance and sparkle. This shape is also easy to incorporate in different types of ring designs and settings.
Princess The princess shaped diamond has a square or rectangular look from above. It is a very popular choice for engagement rings. If you flip a princess cut over and let it rest on its table, the top area, it will have a look similar to that of a pyramid. This fancy diamond shape can present a high level of brilliance but it will have a more unique look and feel than a round diamond which should suit the princess of your dreams just right!
Emerald The Emerald cut diamond does not always have a culet. Instead the pavilion is cut in a rectangular fashion which creates a special visual effect. Emerald cut diamonds can be more or less square so you should make sure to look at different alternatives for this fancy shaped diamond before you buy! Because of the flat and open structure of the Emerald cut, inclusions and color will be more obvious so you should consider clarity when you go for this style of cut.
Marquise The Marquise cut is popular because it makes fingers look more slender and long. With the Marquise cut you need to consider what dimensions will look the best in the ring or ornament that you want to create. If your sweetheart is set on a Marquise cut you should concentrate on length and width ratios that go from 1.7 to 2.0. This type of fancy shape diamond will also come with some bow-tie effect which will influence the sparkle and brilliance of the gem so it is important to actually see it to know just how radiant it is.
Oval The oval diamond is a bit similar to the round brilliants in that it can have the same intense brilliance. At the same time you get the advantage of a more unique shape. In the Oval cut it is again important to consider the length and width of the stone. The traditional Oval stones are usually in ratios between 1.33 and 1.66.
Radiant The Radiant cut is rectangular or square and the corners of this diamond are trimmed. The square Radiant cuts are more popular. In a way you could say that the Radiant cut brings together the great qualities of the Emerald shape and the brilliance of a traditional round diamond. To know just how the Radiant cut is shaped you should always request the ratio of it. A good ratio will between 1.05 and 1.15.
Pear The Pear cut diamond can have an amazing slimming effect on the fingers but only if it is long enough. Some refer to this shape as a tear since it can look a bit like a tear drop. However, if you get your loved one a Pear cut diamond the only tears that will be shed are happy ones! This diamond can be very sparkling and include bow-tie effects.
Heart The Heart cut is basically a Pear cut but with a cleft in the top which creates the effect of a heart symbol. This is a very romantic type of diamond which can come with great brilliance and sparkle. For your special friend this might simply be the best choice but be careful when buying it online. You need to check the dimensions carefully and also make sure that the dealer is reliable and deals only with the highest quality of Heart cut diamonds.
Cushion The Cushion cut comes with round corners which make it remind you a bit of a pillow. This is one exclusive “pillow” and it can be very difficult to find one to buy since it is so rare. The cut is antique and has been around for centuries. Therefore you will often find this type of diamond in auctions and other places where old jewelry is being bought and sold.