Does the cut of a diamond determine it’s worth? Not quite. While there are many different diamond shapes to choose from, let’s explore the key differences.
While it can often boil down to personal preference, the shape of a diamond can often determine its popularity. Round cut diamonds are generally the most commonly sought, as they look great in a wide range of settings. This style showcases a more intense “sparkle” in line with the way they reflect light, but often attracts a slightly higher price tag thanks to demand and increased manufacturing costs.
However if you’re looking to compare your options, it’s handy to know exactly what types of diamond shapes are available on the market.
Ten Popular Types Of Diamond Shapes
Without realising it, the type of diamond shape that you prefer can say alot about you. Some women prefer a vintage look like the Asscher or Oval cut, while others prefer options that are considered to be more traditional and elegant like a Round or Cushion cut diamond.
Round Cut – Generally considered to be the most popular diamond shape, the round cut represented around 75% of diamond sales worldwide. The mechanics of its shape generally offers a superior reflection of light and sparkle.
Princess Cut – Like round cut diamonds, the princess shape is popular for their flexibility in working with most styles of rings. It was originally created in 1980, and remains a popular choice for square style engagement rings.
Oval Cut – While offering a “brilliance” factor that is similar to the round cut, an oval diamond shape can give the illusion of being greater in size. Brought to life in the 1950s, oval shapes can enhance long or slender fingers.
Marquise Cut – Long, narrow and almost shaped like a boat, the marquise diamond cut can both maximise carat weight and give the illusion of being larger than it actually is. It’s a great choice when paired with other round or pear shapes stones.
Pear Cut – Also referred to as a teardrop shape, it’s single point and rounded end make it both striking and distinctive. When worn with the point facing the nail, it can elongate the fingers and flatters most hand shapes.
Cushion Cut – Although this cut has been popular for over two centuries, it’s made a resurgence again in recent times. The unique square cut with rounded corners (almost like a pillow) is a great choice if you can’t decide between round vs square shapes.
Emerald Cut – With long facets and layered corners, the emerald diamond shape uses an interplay of light and dark planes, producing a “hall of mirrors” type of effect. This strong and bold cut requires high quality stones, as body colour is more visible to the naked eye.
Asscher Cut – Introduced in 1902, the asscher cut preceded the emerald cut – they are in fact very similar, except the asscher is square instead of rectangular. With a higher crown and a smaller table, it does generally produce more brilliance than it’s protege.
Radiant Cut – This style is the first rectangular design to have a full brilliant cut facet pattern that applies to both the crown and pavilion of the diamond. Sitting in between a cushion and a princess cut, this style of diamond is as popular as it is versatile.
Heart Cut – The ultimate symbol of love, this diamond shape generally speaks for itself. Popular with the romantics, it’s often seen in rings or pendants. It’s distinct cut often shows slight colour in it’s point, so higher colour grades are usually required.
Which Diamond Shapes Would Suit Me?
Well, there are certain factors to consider when it comes to diamond shapes, and which cut is right for you. These can include:
- The type of jewellery and style of setting (ring, necklace, etc)
- Your budget
- Your personal style and preference
If you are in need of some assistance in navigating the realm of diamonds, why not get in touch with us at Paradise Jewellers. Our showroom in Broadbeach offers a range of designs, collections and services – and we’re even open every day.