One of the big questions I get asked is what is the best shape diamond? This is hard to answer because it is more based on personal preference. Here are your options, I’ll let you be the judge.
First up, is the most popular shape in the world. The Round Brilliant Cut diamond has 58 sparkling facets making it a showstopper. Due to it’s high demand these beauties cost more per carat than other shapes of the same size.
The Princess Cut diamond is the most popular fancy shape diamond. The perfect square shape is the traditional way this gem is cut but you can also see them be slightly longer on one side than the other. Like so
The Emerald Cut is elegance at its finest. This is a step cut diamond, when compared to the fancy brilliant cuts above the have long lines and vivid flashes of light. The emerald’s sparkle is less fiery and more dramatic. This shape was originally developed for cutting emeralds hence the name.
The Asscher Cut will appear to have concentric squares as you look down through the table (the top of center of the diamond). Like the Emerald Cut, the Asscher Cut is a step cut with cut corners; however, because an asscher is square, the cut corners give the asscher cut a somewhat octagonal shape. Once mounted in a four prong setting, the diamond maintains its unique shape within a square silhouette.
The Radiant Cut was invented to show the sparkle of a Round in the body of Emerald. This wonderful combination is also available in a square shape, it all depends on the length to width ratio you prefer. Be careful when going to the extremes because you are more likely to see bow ties. A bow tie will be a dark area at that doesn’t have any sparkle. I personally think a 1.15-1.25 ratio has the most brilliance overall. Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself
The beautifully unique Pear Shape which is also called a teardrop. This brilliant cut diamond combines the Round with the Marquise shape. This is also a shape you need to watch out for bow ties which make you lose sparkle. Pear cuts can be wide or slim depending on the length to width ratio.
My personal favorite, the Cushion Cut. It can also be referred to as a pillow shape. This diamond has a crushed ice look that gives more fire than in a Round Brilliant cut diamond. You again have the choice of a more square or rectangular shape. The added advantage of elongated shape Cushion Cut diamonds create the illusion of greater size.
The Oval Cut is a brilliant cut diamond, like the Round. Because the two shapes possess a similar fire and brilliance, the oval is an ideal choice for a customer who likes the look of a Round but wants something more unique. The slender shape can also make the finger of the wearer appear longer and slimmer, what woman wouldn’t want that?
Marquise Cut diamonds are long and narrow, they can create the illusion of greater size. They do possess some degree of bow tie, varying from near invisible to severe. Symmetry is very important in marquise cuts. The two end points should align with each other, and the right and left sides should form a near mirror image.
Last but not least, the Heart shape. When choosing a heart, symmetry is a very important characteristic, since it is critical that the two halves of the heart are identical. The cleft (between the two lobes) should be sharp and distinct, and the wings (the sides as they curve down to the point) should have a very slightly rounded shape. You need to pay close attention to dimensions in this shape particularly because it creates a very different look
There you have it! All of your diamond shape choices. I hope you find a favorite!!
There are a few more shape options that are not list such as Trillion, Half moon, Trapezoid, Straight and Tapered Baguette. They are more common when you do side stones for a three stone ring or other types of jewelry.