When searching for a diamond, you’ll notice that they’re cut into a variety of different shapes. Of course, a cursory examination will lead to you picking a few that speak to your tastes, but there are traits of diamond shapes that alter the entire presentation of a diamond. The expression of the 4 C’s, the essential qualities for any gem-quality diamond, are distinct for each shape, and this may affect the final engagement ring. Here at GMG Jewellers, we’re proud to showcase the most popular diamond shapes, and our history with them allows us first-hand experience with their traits, which we’ll share with you!
Round CutThe most popular diamond shape! The round cut diamond is characterized by its 58 facets that are arranged in such a way that they create the most brilliant diamond on the market! Scoring top marks for scintillation and fire, round diamonds are also one of the most popular cut choices. The timelessness of this classic shape has allowed it to outlive trends and remain the essential diamond shape for most brides-to-be.
Princess CutThe second most popular shape is the incredibly modern princess cut. The square profile and inverted pyramid make a shape almost as brilliant as the round, but far more affordable. The compactness of this shape gives it a feminine charm which pairs excellently in side-stone settings but be careful when choosing it as a center stone: The points at the diamond’s corners make it susceptible to snagging and snapping. Select a setting like a bezel or chevron prongs to keep it safe.
Oval CutOval cuts are a happy medium between the curvy charm of a round cut and the finger-narrowing length of a longer cut. For a woman who appreciates getting more carat weight for her money, ovals have a far better value per carat. However, because of the relationship between its length and facets, an oval cut inevitably displays something called the “bowtie effect,” where a patch of darkness is at the center of the stone. It’s important to get an extremely well-cut oval to minimize this effect in your center stone.
Pear CutPear cut diamonds are extremely popular among contemporary women. Also known as the “teardrop,” the pear is characterized by its round base and pointed top. As an elongated shape, it has the same narrowing effect as the oval—and the same bowtie effect. The benefit of the pear cut is not only its striking appearance, but its ability to hide inclusions well. However, given that it has a prominent point, it’s important to use a chevron prong or bezel to protect the most fragile part of the stone.
Emerald CutThe emerald cut is beloved for its vintage appeal. The most popular diamond cut at the beginning of the 20th century, emerald cut diamonds are synonymous with Art Deco rings. Significantly less brilliant than a round cut, emerald cuts are known for their glasslike purity and the “hall of mirrors” effect caused by the step-cutting on the back. Alternating bars of black and white reflect inside an emerald cut. Because of its lack of brilliance, it’s important to pick an emerald-cut diamond with exceptional clarity to showcase its beauty.
Cushion CutAs with the oval cut, cushion-cut diamonds are a happy medium between two shapes: round and princess. A square with rounded sides and corners, the cushion is slightly softer than princess. One of the major benefits of a cushion is its ability to capture even stray rays of light for a remarkable glow. Additionally, cushion has modifiable facets, giving the shape a wide variety of options for the woman looking for her center stone.
If you’d like to learn more about diamond shapes, contact GMG Jewellers today—you can reach our Saskatoon, Saskatchewan showroom at (306) 665-8463!