Style is a matter of taste and preference. When it comes to creating brilliant custom jewelry pieces, knowing when and where to utilize the various melee diamond shapes can help you stand out from the crowd. Melee diamonds come in several shapes, making them versatile. Each fancy shape offers a different look and style, so depending on whether you want to stick with a classic look, or you want to get a little more creative, read on to find out what each shape has to offer. 

Some common shapes are:

  • Small round melee diamonds

      • These are what most people think of when they picture melee. They have a classic round shape that can be used in various accents, such as halo setting and pave’ and are very commonly featured on the band of an engagement ring.
  • Princess cut melee diamonds

      • The most prominent distinction of princess cut melee is that they are square, not rectangular. It is very important that the table size and depth match. Princess cut diamond melee sizes start at 1.5mm (which is 0.02 carats). 
  • Tapered baguette melee diamonds

      • What you need to know about tapered baguette melee is that they are not all the same shape. Since tapered baguette melee has one more measurement dimension than a standard baguette, there is a wider variety in exact shape and size. This makes matching tapered baguette melee a difficult task. But their trapezoid shape is perfect for use alongside curved pieces, and they also sit well with three stone settings.
  • Oval diamond melee

      • Oval shaped diamonds have seen a marked increase in popularity in recent years, especially in eternity bands. In oval diamonds, there will always be some dark reflections, but ideally, you don’t want “the bowtie effect”. They are an attractive option with minimal reflections when cut expertly. The hardest part about matching oval shaped melee is the outline, so you need someone very experienced with precisely matching and sorting diamonds.
  • Pear diamond melee

      • Like an oval shaped diamond, one of the most important things to look for in pear shaped diamond melee is a good outline. Similarly, you want to avoid the bowtie effect as much as possible. Matching the width, length, and curves can be tricky, but when done correctly, the effect is tremendous.
  • Marquise diamond melee

      • Marquise melee diamonds are available from 0.03 carats and up, or 2.8mm x 1.5mm. The popularity of marquise diamond melee has jumped in the past few years, largely in part to how great they look on eternity bands. As with some of the other shapes, you should check them to ensure that individual pieces don’t have chips and that they have minimal bowtie reflections. 
  • Carre cut diamonds

    • Carre cut diamond melee sizes start at 0.02 ct, or 1.5mm. They are square step cuts—with four sharp corners–and give off an Art Deco vibe. Their facets have the square outline of a princess cut and patterns similar to those of an emerald-shaped diamond. You want to look for consistent depth to get a uniform look.

Other Fancy Shaped Melee

Emerald cut diamonds' shape is distinctive. With cut corners, this shape is regal and elegant. Straight baguette melee diamonds They have a rectangular shape—similar to tapered baguettes. Trillion-cut melee diamonds Their triangular shape is magical in complementing a center stone without overpowering it. You have countless choices when choosing melee diamonds. Our goal is to provide you with the best assortment of shapes, sizes, colors and clarities at the best possible prices. K. Rosengart can provide you with the expertise you need to feel confident that all of your fancy shaped melee will be both of the highest quality, and precisely matched. Contact us today to get the best melee diamonds.