Diamond Shapes Explained
Diamonds can come in a wide variety of shapes which give the stones unique characteristics. Shape will affect how light is reflected, giving off a different type of ‘sparkle’.
Shape is different from cut, which is one of the 4 Cs of diamonds quality.
The round brilliant cut diamond is the most popular diamond shape by far. Developed over centuries by diamond cutters in Europe, the round brilliant cut eventually evolved through the pursuit of maximizing brilliance into the shape that it is today.
Fancy Cut Diamond Shapes
Created in the 1920s, asscher cuts are similar to emerald cuts. The difference is that asscher diamonds are square – not rectangular.
Sometimes referred to as pillow-cut diamonds, cushion cut stones have a unique appearance with rounded corners and larger facets that can lead to great brilliance and clarity.
Emerald cut diamonds have rectangular facets step-cut into the diamond’s pavilion. This style accentuates the diamond’s natural clarity and colour.
Heart shaped diamonds are popular for solitaire rings and pendants. Symmetry is important for heart shaped diamonds. The two halves of the heart should be identical in order to maintain its brilliance.
A marquise shape has the unique effect of making the size of the diamond seem larger, maximizing the carat weight of the diamond.
Similar to the round brilliant cut, oval cut diamonds have great brilliance. This cut will accentuate long, slender finders.
Pear shaped diamonds are a combination of round and marquise cuts. These beautiful stones, like oval cut diamonds, will accentuate your finger and give it a slimming appearance.
Typically the colours of diamonds are visible through the centre of the stone – with princess cut, colours can also be seen in each of the corners.
Radiant cut diamonds have trimmed corners and are a styled as a combination of emerald and round cuts.