What is the best diamond shape? It depends on what you're trying to communicate. Different diamond cuts celebrate different achievements and events in life. They also complement people and their fashions in unique ways.
Let's start exploring different diamond cuts with the most familiar first, and then move on from there:
This is the most highly requested diamond shape. It's best for engagement rings. Three-quarters of these use round cut diamonds. They're more expensive because they need to lose a lot of material to achieve the perfect shape, but they're also classic and never lose their beauty.
The oval cut is prized because it appears a bit larger than it is. As you move your hand, it reflects light in unique ways that stress its longer shape. It's less expensive to produce because less material is shorn off than a round cut diamond, but tends not to be as popular.
The marquise cut is a very vintage look, with a larger profile than the oval. It features 56 facets so that it appears larger. A buyer looking for something that recalls a silver-age Hollywood look would find this most appealing.
The pear cut blends features of the oval and marquise cuts for a unique teardrop look. Because of its asymmetry, it features more in necklaces, pendants, and earrings. It's difficult to feature successfully in a ring, but it can be done with the right bold and brave design.
This square cut features rounded edges. This gives is the look of a cushion, hence the name. It has a very bright shine and features very beautifully in custom pieces.
This traditional square diamond shape is very popular. It's suitable for engagement rings, but less popular than the round cut. Its shape is elegant in its seeming simplicity.
The radiant cut is either a square or rectangle cut to bring the most color refraction out of the diamond. This is why it's called a “radiant” cut.
A heart cut really only works with larger carat diamonds. Of all the different diamond cuts, this is one of the most complex to feature in a design. The cut work must be flawless in order to work, since the diamond shape actually makes it look smaller. Used correctly, the effect can be exquisite.
This cut has trended recently because of its popularity with musicians and actors. Nonetheless, it hasn't really caught hold of other customers. The emerald cut is interesting because it features a good amount of flat surface. This makes visible the diamond's inclusions and flaws, which is part of the appeal.
The Asscher cut features very large facets that bring out birthmarks. This means the cut must be high quality – these flaws are not intended as part of the feature in the same way the emerald cut works, but rather to show off a high quality cut by presenting it in a way that features its flawlessness.
In the hands of the right jeweler, each diamond shape comes to life. If you’re not sure which will suit your needs, ask the experts at K. Rosengart!