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The Pros and Cons of Different Diamond Shapes

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Round Cut

With its exceptional brilliance and classic appeal, the round cut is the most popular shape for engagement rings. Having 58 facets to reflect light, these stones are dazzling and attention-grabbing. Additionally, they are both versatile, as they are visually pleasing in almost any setting and less prone to chipping due to their rounded edge. However, this cut can be more costly than other shapes, which is partly due to popularity and the cutting process.

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Custom bridal set with a round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring

Stunning engagement ring featuring a round brilliant cut

Stunning engagement ring featuring a round brilliant cut

Oval Cut

Following rounds in popularity, the oval cut is another shape with a great deal of brilliance. The ovular shape can lengthen the look of the finger and often has a larger appearance than its round counterpart. Alternatively, it is appealing in an east-west setting for those who want a more unique style. Like a round, an oval-cut diamond has smooth edges, reducing the risk of chipping the stone. Additionally, ovals exhibit a degree of light leakage due to their shape, causing a bowtie pattern in the diamond. This is Peter’s favorite shape, and we excel in finding excellent cut ovals with a minimal bowtie.

Handcrafted east-west engagement ring

Handcrafted east-west engagement ring

Peter Norman is LA's most celebrated custom jeweler.

Always unique, never customized.

Cushion Cut

Experiencing a resurgence in popularity, the cushion cut has a vintage appeal. Like an actual cushion, this shape can be either square or rectangular and has protective rounded edges. Though it does not have the brilliance of other cuts, the cushion tends to have larger facets that show excellent fire, giving off striking flashes of color. This is one of the reasons that cushion cuts are also an excellent choice if you are in the market for a colored diamond. However, cushions face-up smaller than other cuts because they are cut deeper to achieve their sparkle.

Custom-made cushion-cut ring with split shank

Custom-made cushion-cut ring with split shank

Princess Cut

The princess cut is a great option for buyers seeking a square shape. This brilliant-cut can hide flaws and has optimum sparkle. Princess cuts have four sharp corners, giving them a geometric, contemporary appeal. However, these corners are prone to chipping, and the stone must be carefully worn.

Handmade rose gold princess-cut ring

Handmade rose gold princess-cut ring

Pear Cut

For those looking for a traditional yet unique style, pear-shaped stones are a great option. Both brilliant and elongating, pears face up larger than most other cuts. They can also be affordable compared to more popular diamond cuts. However, they exhibit bowties, and the tip of the gem is vulnerable to chipping. It should be protected by a prong and worn carefully. Additionally, symmetry is fundamental when buying a pear-shaped diamond, so the buyer should ensure the stone has an excellent cut.

Custom-made engagement ring with pear center stone
Custom-made engagement ring with pear center stone

Marquise-Cut

Elongated with a point at each end (sometimes compared to a boat’s shape), marquise-cut diamonds are a budget-friendly option. This modified-brilliant cut makes the wearer’s finger appear slender and face up larger than in other styles. Like other elongated shapes, the marquise exhibits a bowtie; its two tapered points can also chip easily. Additionally, marquise diamonds should be well-cut. Symmetry and length-to-width ratio are significant factors when buying a marquise diamond.

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Handcrafted two-tone ring with marquise center stone

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Emerald Cut

If a buyer doesn’t want a diamond with the flashiness of a brilliant cut, they might opt for a step-cut stone, such as an emerald. Elongating and sophisticated, emerald cuts can face up larger than other shapes and have long parallel facets. These reflect broad flashes of light instead of having an overall sparkle. This cut also has flattened corners, making it less likely to snag. However, emerald-cut stones are prone to showing inclusions. Choosing a gem with a high clarity grade is recommended.

Stunning emerald-cut engagement ring with diamond pave
Stunning emerald-cut engagement ring with diamond pave

Asscher Cut

The Asscher is another step-cut diamond that reflects broad flashes of light. This cut has a vintage appeal reminiscent of the Art Deco era. Square in shape and similar to the emerald cut, the Asscher has flattened corners. However, besides not hiding inclusions well, asschers can appear smaller face-up than their weight would suggest. Much of the carat weight is in the depth of the stones, so they are not as economical as other shapes.

Engagement ring with asscher-cut center stone and buckle details
Engagement ring with asscher-cut center stone and buckle details

By Peter Norman

Peter Norman is one of Los Angeles’ most celebrated wedding jewelers, with his custom-made engagement rings and wedding bands taking center place in thousands of weddings over the last 40 years. Each engagement ring is custom designed, built to order, and can suit any budget: from the simply elegant 1-carat solitaires to the exquisite pieces fit for (and sometimes purchased by) royalty.

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