Among the many distinguishing characteristics of diamonds is shape. They come in 10 different basic shapes, all with their own set of attributes. Get to know which is which and discover which one is right for you (or your true love).
The most popular diamond shape is the round. For nearly a century, diamond cutters have been perfecting the cut to bring out the best fire and brilliance within the jewel itself. Perfect if you have long fingers or small hands. The shape and size of the stone draw attention to the ring and not your hand.
The next most popular shape is the princess cut. The princess has pointed corners and is traditionally square in shape, though it can also be rectangular. This cut is well-suited for all sizes of hands and great for people with long fingers.
Perfect for slender fingers or smaller hands, the pear-cut diamond is also called a teardrop for its single point and rounded tip. The shape of it creates a slimming effect on the fingers.
Popular for over a century, the cushion-cut diamond, also known as pillow-cut, has rounded corners and larger facets to increase its brilliance. For wider fingers, it’s a perfect fit. It doesn’t show too much skin on either side of the ring.
Thornton Wilder said, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” The heart is the ultimate symbol of love and the heart shaped, or hot heart cut, shines brilliantly upon that fact. The heart shaped diamond is great for larger hands.
Oval diamonds are also very popular as their length can accentuate long, slender fingers.
Good for wider hands, what makes the emerald-cut shape different is its pavilion, which is cut with rectangular facets to create a dazzling appearance. Because of its openness, it highlights diamond clarity.
Similar to the emerald-cut, the Asscher is just as brilliant, only it is a square instead of a rectangle. The shape is perfect in highlighting a diamond’s clarity.
Similar to a pear-cut, but with two pointed ends rather than just one, the diamond’s length helps make fingers appear long and slender.
Trimmed corners are the signature of this diamond, and they help make the radiant-cut a popular and versatile choice for jewelry.
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