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With So Many Diamond Shapes Available, Which One Is Right For Me?

Aug 7, 2008
There are ten common diamond shapes. Each has different quality, and characteristics. Here's a brief description of each, to help you choose.

The most popular cut by far is the round cut. If you are stumped and looking to make a quick decision, the round cut may be just the thing for you. When thinking of diamonds, the round cut is the shape which first comes to mind.

If you're looking for something different, the princess cut is the second most popular diamond shape. Properly cut, a princess cut diamond can be beautiful. However, sometimes they don't quite come out as brilliant as you may expect. If you want one, get one from a well-established jeweler.

The oval cut is another very popular cut, especially for engagement rings. This is a classic style, almost as common as is the round cut. This cut is beautiful and stylish as well as versatile - this diamond shape can work in rings of almost any style.

Arguably, the most regal is the marquise cut. It is often used for smaller diamonds, because the unusual, elongated shape makes them appear larger than they are. Royalty is known for wearing this stylish cut. So, if you want the wearer to feel really special, try the marquise cut.

The pear shaped cut is similar to both the oval and the marquise cuts, featuring the best that each of these cuts have to offer - truly a winning combination.

The step, or emerald cut is a common choice for a starter diamond. They are beautiful but have fewer facets than many other cuts, making any imperfections in the diamond more apparent.

Art deco buffs will love the asscher cut. This is a less popular cut, but is becoming more popular again. However, this is a cut which you will not see on every finger and can be quite the conversation starter.

Speaking of unique cuts, nothing is quite equal to a brilliant, perfectly cut, heart shaped diamond. The only problem is that they can be very difficult to cut. So, it is rare to find a flawless or perfect heart shaped cut. The time and expense involved in finding one can be well worth it, though.

The radiant cut is a fairly traditional choice, which has lost a bit of popularity, in recent years, but certainly not lost any of its brilliance and luster. It is similar to an emerald cut. However, a radiant cut diamond has more facets, adding much more vibrancy to it.

Last, but not least, there's the cushion cut. That cut is designed to make a diamond seem larger than it is. It can really show off a diamond's best features and enhance it's look, even if it's small.
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