Although traditionally the groom pulls out a ring when he is about to propose, more and more couples are doing their engagement ring shopping together. If you are soon to be making one of the most exciting purchases of your life then take a quick look to our guide to diamond cuts and shapes.
Round Brilliant Cut
The round brilliant cut was created by Belgian engineer Marcel Tolkowsky. This circular shape is cut to a specific formula that ensures the maximum amount of sparkle from your diamond and is a classic circular shape, one of the most popular diamond styles.
Oval cut diamonds have a lot of similarities with round brilliant cut diamonds, allowing a lot of light to bounce off the diamond and give it added sparkle. The oval shape is a flattering style and is a more quirky take on the traditional round cut.
A very popular cut of diamond, the princess-cut is square in shape from the top and from the side has the same pyramid-shape of the round brilliant cut. This square style is great as a standalone diamond but can also sit beautifully alongside other diamonds in a three stone ring.
The stylish emerald cut is rectangular in shape and has step-like cuts at the side of the diamond. These rows of facets give an unusual look to the diamond and make it standout from the crowd. As suggested in the name, this technique was originally used for cutting emeralds.
Pear cut diamonds can also be referred to as teardrop diamonds due to their unusual shape. This style is a combination of the traditional round brilliant cut and the tapered marquise cut with its oval shape that leads into a point.
Cushion cut diamonds are also commonly referred to as pillow cut diamonds, these are square or rectangular in shape and have rounded ‘cushion-like’ edges; this style is a softer version of the princess cut diamond.
Heart cut diamonds are in a traditional symmetrical heart shape and take a great deal of skill to create perfectly. This uncommon style of diamond has been made more popular in recent years and has increasing demand.
Marquise cut diamonds are believed to have first been commissioned by King Louis XV of France who commissioned a jeweller to create a diamond to reflect the shape of his mistresses smile. The style of diamond can also be called navette, meaning ‘little boat’.
The trillion cut is also widely known as trilliant cut. This style of diamond is triangular in shape and these sharp edges help to directly reflect the light and create maximum sparkle. This shape of stone is often used as an accent stone sat either side of a more traditional central stone.
Radiant cut diamonds are square in shape with the addition of flat cropped edges. It is a combination of the brilliant round cut and the emerald cut diamond and makes for a beautiful central stone.
Baguette diamonds are slim and rectangular, they rarely feature as a main stone on an engagement ring but are often used as side stones sat alongside a central stone. They are particularly popular with emerald cut diamonds as they complement the rectangular shape.
The asscher cut diamond is similar in shape to a radiant cut diamond, but with more step-cuts at the side, giving the diamond even more sparkle as the natural light bounces off the sides.