Round Brilliant Diamonds
The round brilliant diamond is the most popular shape today. It accounts for more than 75% of diamonds sold.
An oval diamond has beautiful sparkle that is similar to a round diamond. The oval cut reflects and retracts light, creating a fiery shine. An oval diamond is perfectly symmetrical and is popular among women with small hands or shorter fingers.
The shape of a marquise diamond maximizes its carat weight, giving the appearance of a larger diamond. This brilliant-cut diamond looks stunning when paired with round or pear-shaped side stones. The extended length of the marquise makes fingers appear long and slender.
Pear Shaped Diamonds
Combining the attributes of the oval and the marquise, a pear shaped diamond resembles a sparkling teardrop. The distinct look makes it a fashionable choice for a variety of jewelry. The pear shape also complements smaller hands or shorter fingers. It is exceptionally beautiful for pendants or earrings.
Heart Shaped Diamonds
This heart shaped diamond is the greatest symbol of love and devotion. The unique look of the heart-shaped diamond helps make it a popular choice for a variety of diamond jewelry. Look for a stone with an uniform shape and a well-defined outline.
Emerald Cut Diamond
The emerald cut has a rectangular shape with slightly cut corners. Its pavilion is step-cut with rectangular facets, creating a unique optical appearance. Due to its larger and more open table, this shape emphasize the clarity of the diamond. Inclusions and inferior color are more prominent in this cut, so be sure to select a stone of finer clarity and color.
Princess Cut Diamond
The princess is a relatively new diamond cut often found on solitaire engagement rings. It is a square (or rectangular) cut with numerous facets. Flattering to a hand with longer fingers, it is often graced at its sides with triangular stones.
Developed in Amsterdam, the design can vary depending on a the diamond’s characteristics and the cutter’s preferences. It may be a classic triangular shape with pointed corners or a more rounded triangular shape with a polished girdle.
Radiant Cut Diamonds
This square or rectangular cut marries the elegance of the emerald shape with the radiance of the round. Its 70 facets enhance the effect of its color refraction. Trimmed corners help make the radiant-cut a flexible choice for jewelry. It appears equally magnificent set with either baguette or round side-diamonds. Because of its design, this cut demands more weight be targeted toward the diamond’s depth to maximize brilliance. Common depth percentages can be as high as 70% to 78%.
Cushion Cut Diamond
The cushion cut appears like a cross between an Old Mine Cut and a modern oval cut. Its shape has been extremely popular for over a century. Cushion-cut diamonds (or “pillow-cut”) have rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance and highlight the diamond’s clarity. A cushion-cut can come in many different shapes, ranging from square to rectangular.