A Man’s Guide to Understanding Diamond Shapes, Part 2

Yesterday, we spent some time breaking down different diamond shapes. Today we conclude this series with part 2 of our Man’s Guide to Understanding Diamond Shapes.

oval diamondOval Diamond

Oval diamonds have a sparkle similar to round diamonds except with an elongated shape. Like other elongated diamond shapes, the oval diamond makes fingers appear slimmer. The diamond itself appears longer when mounted because of its extended silhouette.  Overall, the oval diamond contains fiery brilliance but with a unique profile which helps it stand out.

heart shaped diamondHeart Shaped Diamond

Just as it sounds, the heart shaped diamond is shaped like a heart. Starting as a pear shape, this diamond shape can only be created by the most skilled diamond cutters. While this diamond shape looks wonderful in engagement rings, it also works well with pendants, too. A primary reason many brides love their heart shaped engagement rings is because the heart symbolizes eternal love.

radiant cut diamondRadiant Cut Diamond

The radiant cut is a brilliant cut like the round diamond except with square or rectangular cut corners. This cut is a popular choice for those who enjoy clean lines but want something with more flair than the princess cut. While the radiant cut diamond is stunning on its own in a solitaire setting, this is one of the diamond shapes that truly shines when surrounding by accents which makes it an excellent choice for threestone or pave settings.

asscher cut diamondAsscher Cut Diamond

The Asscher cutwas created in 1902 by Joseph Asscher. It is very similar to the emerald cut; both are step cuts that have tiered facets and a mirror-like way of reflecting light, however the Asscher is square rather than rectangular in shape. Its geometric look was popular during the Art Deco period, and this has caused a surge in popularity in recent years. It is an excellent diamond shape to match future brides filled with flair and unique style.

Cushion Cut Diamond

Cushion Cut diamonds, also known as “candlelight diamonds,” are an antique cut that originated in the 1800’s. Cushions can be rounded squares or rectangulcushion cut diamondar shapes. Even though the cushion cut diamond is an older style, it still remains popular today because of the amount of sparkle they produce. The cushion cut looks excellent in solitaire settings, especially when the band features vintage designs.

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A Man’s Guide to Understanding Diamond Shapes, Part 1

If your lady has been hinting at engagement rings lately, it’s definitely time to do your homework. Diamonds are an expensive investment, so it is important to know as much as you can before buying one. When it comes to diamond rings, there are plenty of options between metals, settings, and diamond shapes. If you don’t know the difference between a Princess Cut and a Marquise Cut diamond, then this is a good place to start learning everything you need about diamond shapes.

round cut diamondRound Diamond

The round diamond has been a popular staple in engagement and wedding rings for the past 100 years. This versatile cut mounts easily into engagement ring settings. Featuring 58 precision-cut facets,  round diamonds offer the most sparkle and brilliance inside the heart of the stone.  The round brilliant is  one of the most highly prized diamond shapes because it presents the largest array of color and clarity flexibility.

Princess Cut Diamondprincess cut diamond

The Princess cut diamond is the second most popular cut because it is also a versatile choice. This diamond shape is stunning in both classic and modern settings. This shape is square to slightly rectangular with pointed corners. Featuring chevron-shaped facets, the Princess cut diamond maximizes scintillation and fire. In short, whereas the round diamond is round, the princess cut is a square.

Marquise Cut Diamondmarquise cut diamond

Originally commissioned by King Louis XIV, the Marquise cut diamond is unique among diamond shapes.  Also known as the “navette” cut, which means “little boat” in French, the marquise cut is a modified brilliant cut. This means the diamond produces great sparkle and brilliance while maximizing carat weight.  With an elongated shape, the marquise makes fingers look long and slender.

emerald cut diamondEmerald Cut Diamond

The emerald cut is a step cut which means there are straight, tiered facets . This gives the pavilion (the top of the diamond) the look of a mirrored staircase. Cut corners on the outer edges of the diamond are its signature characteristic.  It is similar to the Princess cut except that the Emerald cut is a rectangle instead of a square.

Pear Shaped Diamondpear shaped diamond

On a pear shaped diamond, the round part of the pear contributes to its brilliance while the point makes this cut stand out. With a long silhouette, the pear shaped diamond is another one of the most versatile diamond shapes. This cut is also known as a tear-drop shape. Like the Marquise cut, the pear shaped diamonds gives fingers a slender look.

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of A Man’s Guide to Understanding Diamond Shapes!


R2940 Halo Ring in Different Diamond Shapes!

R2940, our French Cut Cushion Halo Ring, was so popular that we designed versions for different shapes! This delicate halo style is a classic choice for an engagement setting. It is now available for all diamond shapes.

Shown here are styles made for princess cut, marquise, pear and round diamond shapes.

Halo Ring in Different Shapes
R2940 for Princess, Pear, Round and Marquise diamonds.
R2940 french cut halo engagement ring in different diamond shapes.
R2940 french cut halo engagement ring in different diamond shapes.