Learn all about different diamond shapes

Diamonds are known for their brilliance, sparkle, and timeless beauty. But did you know that diamonds come in various shapes? Each diamond shape has its own unique characteristics and appeal. Whether you're shopping for an engagement ring or simply interested in learning more about diamonds, this blog post will guide you through the different diamond shapes and their features.

Round Brilliant

The round brilliant diamond is the most popular and classic diamond shape, known for its exceptional sparkle and fire. With 57 facets, this shape maximises the diamond's brilliance and reflects light beautifully. It's a timeless choice that suits any style or occasion.

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Emerald Cut

image of an emerald cut diamond held in a jewellers tweesers

The emerald cut diamond is a rectangular shape with step-cut facets. It's known for its clean lines, elegant appeal, and unique optical appearance. Unlike other diamond shapes, the emerald cut emphasizes clarity over sparkle, making it an excellent choice for those who appreciate a sophisticated look.

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Cushion Cut

The cushion cut diamond is a square or rectangular shape with rounded corners, often confused for a round diamond at first look. It's a classic shape that combines the brilliance of a round diamond with a unique pillow-like appearance. The cushion cut offers a vintage and romantic feel, making it a popular choice for engagement rings.

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Marquise Cut

Marquise cut diamond held in a jewellers tweasers

The marquise cut diamond is a long and narrow shape with pointed ends. It's known for its elongating effect on the finger and its regal and elegant appearance. The marquise cut offers excellent brilliance and is a great choice for those who want a diamond that stands out.

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Oval Cut

The oval cut diamond is an elongated shape with similar sparkle to the round brilliant. It offers a unique and modern twist to the classic round shape. The oval cut is known for its flattering appearance and ability to make the finger appear longer and slimmer.

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Pear Cut

The pear cut diamond, also known as the teardrop shape, combines the round and marquise shapes. It has a rounded end and a pointed end, offering a unique and elegant look. The pear cut is versatile and can be worn with the pointed end facing up or down, its entirely up to your personal preference!

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Princess Cut

The princess cut diamond is a square or rectangular shape with pointed corners, known for its modern and elegant look. With its brilliant faceting, the princess cut offers excellent sparkle and is a popular choice for engagement rings.

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Heart Cut

The heart cut diamond is a romantic and symbolic shape that represents love and affection. It's a unique choice for an engagement ring and is known for its distinctive shape and excellent brilliance. The heart cut requires skilled craftsmanship to ensure symmetry and proportion.

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Asscher Cut

Asscher cut diamond held by tweezers

The asscher cut diamond is a square shape with step-cut facets and cropped corners. It's reminiscent of the emerald cut but with a more vintage and art deco feel. The asscher cut offers a unique and sophisticated look, perfect for those who appreciate a timeless and glamorous style.

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Radiant Cut

The radiant cut diamond is typically a rectangular or square shape with trimmed corners (although it also comes in oval and other rounded shapes). It combines the elegance of the emerald cut with the brilliance of the round brilliant. The radiant cut offers a beautiful balance between sparkle and shape, making it a versatile choice.

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Now that you're familiar with the different diamond shapes, you can choose the one that best suits your style and preferences. Whether you prefer a classic round brilliant or a rectangular emerald cut, each diamond shape has its own allure and beauty. Remember to consider factors such as personal style, finger shape, and budget when selecting the perfect diamond shape for your engagement ring.