Before you go engagement ring shopping it’s important to know the basic diamond cuts and shapes. From princess to emerald cut, find out the little details that make each diamond unique.
Diamond Shapes

If your future bride hasn’t expressed her preference in diamond shape, the sensible decision is to stay with the classics. These shapes would be the round, cushion, princess or radiant cuts.

The Round Cut: The round cut otherwise known as the Brilliant Cut is one of the most popular cuts for an engagement ring, the round cut is also a classic diamond shape. A round stone with 58 facets, it has the most sparkle.  The brilliance is derived from the stones symmetry.

Cushion Cut: The cushion cut diamond combines a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow (hence the name). This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years, and for the first century of its existence was the most popular diamond shape.

Princess Cut: The princess cut is sometimes referred to as a square modified brilliant, as it contains the brilliance of a round cut with an overall square or rectangular appearance. The princess diamond is a square brilliant cut diamond with sharp, uncut corners. This diamond shape is a good choice for their flexibility in working in almost any style ring.

Radiant Cut: The radiant cut is a square cut diamond that has a complete brilliant-cut facet pattern which creates a vibrant lively square diamond. The cropped corner square shape is a nice bridge between a cushion and a princess cut.  True to its name a radiant-cut diamond catches the light in a big way. The shape mimics an emerald-cut stone but the facets allow for extra sparkle.

If your partner leans more toward vintage and sophisticated style the emerald-cut, asscher-cut or oval diamond are fantastic choices.

 Emerald Cut: The emerald cut diamond was originally developed for the gem of the same name. The stone is rectangular with cropped corners and long stair-step-like facets. Fewer facets make an emerald cut diamond susceptible to revealing any flaws the stone may have.

Asscher Cut:. The modern asscher cut diamond is similar to a square emerald cut usually with wider step facets, higher crown and a smaller table. This combination often produces more brilliance than the emerald cut. It is often called the “square emerald cut” and like the emerald cut the asscher has cropped corners.

Oval Cut: The oval cut is essentially an elongated circle. The oval shaped diamond can have as many facets as a round-cut stone, which means it has the capacity to sparkle just as much. This shape is a modified brilliant cut stone (like virtually all round cuts) the 2 shapes possess a similar fire and brilliance. This elegant shape is a favorite among sophisticated brides who like the round cut but are striving for something unique.

Heart Shape: Bashful brides who shy away from the spotlight need not consider this finely crafted shape, as they’ll be sure to attract attention wherever they go. This shape is essentially a pear shape diamond with a cleft at the top center. Symmetry is a very important characteristic, since it is critical that the two halves of the heart are identical.

Marquise Cut: The Marquise cut features an elongated curved shape with pointed ends, much like a football shape. This diamond shape can often look larger than other shapes of the same carat weight. Its unique shape usually demands it is the center of attention. Like the oval diamond the Marquise cut diamonds shape can make the finger of the wearer appear longer and slimmer. Symmetry is very important as the two end points should align with each other and the right and left sides should form a near mirror image.

Pear Cut: The pear shaped diamond is an oval diamond that comes to a point at the top. This diamond is also known as the teardrop shape. The added bonus to the pear shape is that you wear it with the point facing away from your body which makes your finger look long and slender. This diamond is a fiery cut with lots of wonderful sparkle and flash.

If you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring for your bride-to-be, contact Alex & Company at 617.965.8777.