The most popular shape for a diamond is the round brilliant diamond which is aptly named as when well-cut, the round diamond reflects the maximum light and sparkles more than any other shape. They are also slightly more expensive than any other shape because 50% of the rough diamond is lost when cutting a round shape and less is lost when cutting any other shape.View detail
On the plus, this shape –just like the pear shape- requires less depth than a round
brilliant. In other words, the oval shape shows more ‘visual surface’ than a round
brilliant where 2/3rd of its carat weight goes into its depth.
Red flag: An oval shaped diamond that is too shallow will lack sparkle and appears as glass.
Just like the round brilliant, the pear shape has 57-58 facets. In fact, it is a modified brilliant. The pear shape is mostly used as a pendant or ring.
Red flag: Some like oblong shapes, other prefer a pear shape with ‘wide shoulders’.
See the diamond before you buy. Also, a pear shaped that is cut too shallow to maintain carat weight will lack sparkle and appears as glass.
The Cushion shape is the antique-look cousin of the round brilliant. Comes in many dimensions with only few júst right, be it oblong or squarish. In other words, Length/Width Ratio: Whatever you like! Most of them though carry too much weight in their belly, making them appear smaller than what their carat weight says.
Red flag: Choose well between an oblong or more squarish shape and also, make sure you are informed about the difference between the ‘Crushed ice’ shape and the antique, chunkier look.
One of the least ‘sparkling’ shapes. Matter of fact, this Art-Deco model is not even meant to sparkle. It excels in soberness and is –together with Cushion- regarded as the choice of the ‘upper-class’. Unlike many other cuts, will this shape reveal an inclusion easier than say a more faceted shape. We therefore recommend VS2+ for Clarity. The emerald cut comes in many dimensions, ranging from square (the so-called Asscher) to oblong. Personally, we prefer the 3x4(-ish) shape.
Red Flag:Regardless the cut description on the certificate, many emerald cuts come with way too much weight in their depth, resulting in a visually ‘small’ diamond.
Princess cuts are square or rectangular brilliant cuts that display exceptional brilliance when cut to certain proportions. Princess cuts are a great choice for individuals who appreciate the qualities of round brilliants, but prefer a square or rectangular shape.View detail
A square or rectangular shape with clipped or rounded corners combining the elegance of the emerald shape and the brilliance and sparkle of the round shape.
Red Flag:Regardless the cut description on the certificate, many radiant cuts come with way too much weight in their depth, resulting in a visually ‘small’ diamond.
Little to say, other than this shape is for the more romantic souls among us. 58 Facets.
Red flag: Only 1 in 5 heart shapes actually looks like a heart. Many lack cleavage or appear round-ish.
Also a modified brilliant but with 55 facets. Beautiful shape when set in-line with the finger. When it comes to size, we recommend 1+ct.
Red flag: A must see! Many marquise cut diamonds are cut to maximum weight and may appear too shallow, too narrow, or too wide.
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