It is getting to be that time of year when lots of couples become engaged. When it comes to selecting an engagement ring, many couples view diamond shape as one of the most important attributes to consider. So we asked our friends at Brilliant Earth to share some info with us about the differences between diamond shapes.  

WHAT IS A DIAMOND SHAPE?

Diamond shape refers to a diamond’s physical form and is a great way to express the individual style of the wearer. While round diamonds are the most popular choice, many couples are also drawn to the distinctive look of non-round, or “fancy shaped” diamonds. Each diamond shape has its own unique characteristics and is cut to different specifications, which impacts the overall look of the stone.

ROUND DIAMONDS

As mentioned (and shown) above, the most popular diamond shape is the round brilliant cut which maximizes light return and sparkle. This shape has proven the test of time as a sought-after choice; almost three quarters of all diamond engagement rings feature a round brilliant diamond.PRINCESS CUT DIAMONDS

Princess cut diamonds are the second most popular diamond shape. They possess the gorgeous sparkle of round brilliant diamonds, but instead have a distinctive square shape which offers a contemporary look that works in almost any style of ring.CUSHION CUT DIAMONDS

Cushion cut diamonds have a romantic feel, which is created by the appeal of a square cut diamond but with soft, rounded edges. Cushion cut diamonds are a beautiful choice for any setting style.EMERALD DIAMONDS

Emerald cut diamonds have an elegant silhouette that is widely treasured. The shallow pavilion and crown accentuate the clarity of the stone, while the reflective steps enhance the color and luster of the diamond.ASSCHER CUT DIAMONDS

Asscher cut diamonds feature a square shape with cut corners. This shape has more brilliance than the emerald shape because of its high crown with large step cuts. Asscher shaped diamonds are sleek and modern in solitaire settings, and their unique shape perfectly complements vintage-inspired styles.RADIANT CUT DIAMONDS

The radiant cut diamond is a blend between the silhouette of an emerald cut diamond and the sparkle of a round brilliant cut diamond. In order to maximize brilliance, this shape requires more carat weight as a result of its design.OVAL DIAMONDS

Similar in fire and brilliance to round shaped diamonds, the oval shape is symmetrical and ever-flattering. The elongated shape of an oval diamond can create the illusion of larger size.  Additionally, oval diamonds are highly versatile and distinctive.PEAR DIAMONDS

Pear shapes feature a rounded edge tapering to a point at the opposite end. A fusion of the marquise shape and round brilliant cut, pear shaped diamonds are intended to showcase the sparkle of the diamond, making it important to find a stone with great symmetry.MARQUISE DIAMONDS

The marquise shaped diamond features a curved middle with pointed ends. With a larger surface area than any other diamond shape, the marquise shape maximizes perceived size and lends a unique look to any setting style for an eye-catching appearance.HEART SHAPED DIAMONDS

The heart shaped diamond is an evocative signifier of true love with a bold and romantic look. Traditional Claddagh designs frequently feature heart shaped diamonds, but heart shaped diamonds offer a distinctive look in any engagement ring setting.

For more information on diamonds and diamond shapes, check out Brilliant Earth – the leader in ethically sourced bridal and fine jewelry!

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