One of the most sought-after gemstones in the world—diamonds come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. The shape of a diamond is determined by the way it has been cut, and each shape has its own unique beauty and characteristics.
1. Round Brilliant Cut
Accounting for around 75% of all diamond sales, the round brilliant cut diamond is the most popular and traditional diamond shape. Its classic cut is characterized but the circular shape, 58 facets, and excellent light reflection. It is a timeless choice that most believe will never go out of style.
2. Princess Cut
Developed back in the 1980s, the princess cut is another popular diamond shape for those who want a modern and stylish look. Known for its brilliance and square shape, it is often set with four prongs to protect the pointed corners.
3. Emerald Cut
Emerald cut diamonds are a popular choice for those who want a diamond with a vintage or classic look. The rectangular diamond with truncated corners has a step-like cut pattern with large facets that create a hall-of-mirrors effect, giving it a unique and elegant appearance.
4. Oval Cut
A diamond cut that has risen in popularity is the oval cut diamond. It resembles the round brilliant cut diamond; however, its elongated shape can make them appear larger, further adding to their appeal. The oval cut is also versatile and can look great surrounded by smaller diamonds or alone as a solitaire.
5. Marquise Cut
The marquise cut diamond has an oval shape with pointed ends, resembling a football. This cut has a unique and elegant appearance that elongates the finger with its tapered ends. It is also a common stone cut used as shoulder stones on engagement rings.
6. Pear Cut
The pear cut is a versatile shape that can look great in solitaire settings or surrounded by smaller diamonds. Its teardrop-shape combines the best features of the round and marquise cut diamonds.
7. Cushion Cut
A cushion cut diamond has large facets and a soft, romantic appearance that makes it a popular choice for vintage-style engagement rings. It has a square or rectangular shape with rounded corners.
8. Radiant Cut
Radiant cut diamonds are a hybrid diamond shape, a creative fusion of the step-cut emerald shape and the brilliant cut of round diamonds. The combination improves the brilliance and sparkle of the radiant cut diamond.