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Find Your Diamond
The first step to your perfect ring? A stunning stone, in the perfect shape. Here, we go through the most popular diamond shape options, and how to find the right one for you.
When shopping for a diamond, whether it is for an engagement ring or any other type of jewelry, you’re going to find yourself having to make a number of important — and potentially lifelong — decisions. And while the choices you make regarding carat, color, and clarity all play a large role in finding the best possible stone, perhaps the biggest decisions will be choosing a diamond shape. After all, diamond shape is the most immediately noticeable feature of the diamond to the naked eye.
That said, unless you’re already a diamond expert, you may not have a clear idea of what different diamond shapes are available, or which ones would be best suited to your unique personality, style, or taste. Well, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.
We’ve created a quick and easy guide to the different diamond-shapes. Here you’ll find the most popular diamond cuts, as well as what you should know about each. Take a moment to see what’s out there, and find the perfect ring for your diamond jewelry collection.
ROUND BRILLIANT SHAPE
The round brilliant cut is conventionally the most popular of all diamond shapes and has set the standard. Polished with 57 facets its ideal proportions return a great amount of fire, brilliance, and scintillation. This round diamond shape has also been the benchmark for theories of light behavior and precise mathematical calculations, all in the pursuit of perfection.
Although round diamonds are the most sought-after shape, it's still important to know what you're looking for in terms of the 4 C's. Always keep in mind how brilliant you want your diamond to be. Read more about round cut lab-grown diamonds, and when you're ready, talk with a Clean Origin diamond expert to help find your perfect stone.
Square in shape and with pointed corners, the princess cut is the most popular shape of the fancy cut diamonds. Its beautiful brilliance and square shape make it a favorite for engagement rings. Princess Cut diamonds are generally polished with either 50 facets or 58 facets, depending on how the pavilion is cut.
The princess cut, technically known as a ‘Square Modified Brilliant Cut’, is a square version of the round brilliant cut with numerous sparkling facets. The optimal ratio of length to width is 1:1, although a length-to-width ratio between 1:1 and 1.4:1 is perfectly acceptable. Learn more about princess-cut diamonds below.
The emerald cut is an elegant diamond shape characterized by its step-like facets, rectangular shape, and trimmed corners. Due to its larger, open table, this shape is often reserved for top color and clarity diamonds. The emerald cut is typically polished with 44 facets. Generally, the optimum length-to-width ratio for an emerald cut diamond should be 1.35-1.65:1, although 1.25:1 to 1.75:1 is also considered to be acceptable.
With the right specifications, an emerald cut diamond can appear larger than life...and larger than the actual carat size. Work with a diamond expert to find the perfect color and clarity to make your emerald lab-grown diamond shine as bright as the stars. Find more buyers tips and information below.
An oval diamond is an elongated version of the round brilliant. If well proportioned, this beautiful cut gives a diamond great brilliance, fire, and scintillation. Oval diamonds are also very popular as their length can accentuate long, slender fingers. Oval cut diamonds are generally polished with 56 facets.
The oval shape has a larger surface area than a round brilliant of the same carat weight, and is an excellent choice for those more concerned with size. The ideal length-to-width ratio is 1.5:1, but a range from 1.33:1 to 1.66:1 is widely acceptable.
Make sure you understand the in's and out's of oval-shaped diamonds before you decide on a final stone. Questions? Our diamond experts are happy to help you find the best stone.
The pear shape is a unique hybrid cut, shaped like a teardrop and combining the best of the marquise and round brilliant cut. Well proportioned, it gives a depth of scintillation to the point of the diamond. Pear shapes are extremely popular in rings, earrings, and pendants. Pear shapes are typically polished with 58 facets, and the optimal length-to-width ratio is between 1.50 and 1.75:1.
The versatile nature of a pear-shaped diamond gives you optimal looks with just one ring. Learn about the 4 C's of pear diamonds and explore the hand-picked collection of Clean Origin pear-shaped diamonds.
The shape of the cushion cut is characterized by soft edges and round corners, resembling a cushion or pillow. This type of cut has been popular since the first diamond cuts were developed. Cushion cut diamonds range from a more square shape to rectangular.
If you prefer the squarer shape, look for a length-to-width ratio of 1.05 to 1.10:1. For a more rectangular shape, look for length-to-width ratios of greater than 1.15:1.
Make sure you understand all aspects of cushion-shaped diamonds. If you're unsure about a particular specification, a Clean Origin representative is standing by to help.
If the corners on the princess cut seem too hard-edged and geometric (for lack of a better word), consider instead the radiant diamond shape. With beveled corners and 70 facets, this breathtaking option provides an absolutely brilliant sparkle. When viewed from above, the radiant cut’s higher crown and smaller table also gives it a circular pattern. You can think of the radiant shape as something of a missing link between square and round diamond shapes.
Radiant diamonds’ unique shape gives it the appearance of being larger than it actually is, while its beveled corners make it more durable than the princess cut — perfect for those who live active lifestyles.
Asscher diamonds are an interesting study in diamond-shape popularity. First pioneered in 1902 (and named after the Asscher brothers of the Asscher Diamond Company), Asscher diamonds didn’t actually become a popular choice until the 1920s, where their uniquely Art-Deco shape perfectly fit the style of the time. Of course, once Art Deco became passé, the Asscher cut went out of vogue right along with it.
But the Asscher is making a comeback, and by improving upon the original design, gem cutters have introduced a new-and-improved Asscher with 74 facets and greatly increased brilliance.
If you love the Art-Deco look, want something undeniably brilliant, and are after a unique diamond shape that you’re not likely to see riding on the average person’s finger, then consider an Asscher diamond.
A heart shaped diamond is just that: heart shaped! More specifically, a heart shaped diamond is essentially a pear diamond with a rounded cleft at the top, creating two “lobes.” In terms of diamond shape, heart diamonds are often considered the most romantic option (for obvious reasons). Heart diamonds are also thought of as being more feminine than some of the other shapes.
Interestingly enough, heart diamonds are also much less common than most other diamond shapes, so if you want something capable of standing out in a crowd, then the heart shape may be right for you.
Now that you have a basic idea of the most popular diamond shapes, you should now be more prepared to go in and look at diamonds for your jewelry collection. To help you further, here are some common questions that you might have:
Which diamond cut sparkles the most? Technically the round brilliant diamond cut should sparkle the most, but it mostly depends on the quality of the cut itself. If you work with us at Clean Origin, we will make sure you get a radiant diamond cut that most speaks to your heart.
Which diamond cut looks the largest? This is also something that depends on the size of your diamond, but as stated above, emerald, pear, and oval cut diamonds can give the illusion of a greater size diamond. Again, work with one of our Clean Origin representatives, and we will make sure that you get the perfect size diamond for your style.