Whether there's an engagement on the horizon or you're shopping for a pair of diamond solitaires, the question we get MOST is... what diamond shape should I choose? The answer to that depends on a few things... For example, is this an investment piece? How do you envision it being set? What's your personal style? Are you a classic girl or more of a trendsetter? It's important to think it through, after all, it is one of the longest style commitments you'll ever make!
Diamonds have captured our attention for many a millenia and luckily never go out of style, but trends keep changing. Let's dive into the most common diamond cuts for engagement rings below and learn a little about them... An engagement ring is a very personal piece - you have to fall in love with the stone and more importantly, it has to feel right so don't be afraid to try many on in the process til you find the one that is perfect for you!
Round Brilliant Cut Diamond
This cut is the most classic and timeless of them all! The perfect "starter" diamond, this shape is one for the ages and will most likely always retain it's value. It generates the highest amount of sparkle due to the large number of facets and is the most popular shape for engagement rings and earrings.
Worn by Mila Kunis, Emily Blunt and Shilpa Shetty.
Pear Cut Diamond
This shape is one of the least common engagement ring cuts that you will see although it has been gaining popularity in the past few years for earrings and pendants. It's a bold choice and usually chosen by a woman who knows what she wants and moves to the beat of her own drum!
Worn by Princess Charlene of Monaco, Sophie Turner and Victoria Beckham.
Cushion Cut Diamond
The cushion cut shape tops the list for being the most fashionable, trendy and sought after shape in recent years. It's curved corners and brilliant facets make this a combination of a classic round and princess cut and gives the cushion cut a soft look with tons of sparkle! This shape is derived from the Old Mine cut which was one of the first diamond cuts ever to be created.
Worn by Kim Kardashian, Sofia Vergara and Gabrielle Union.
Princess Cut Diamond
A princess cut diamond is a square-shaped diamond which features four beveled sides and comes down to a point (like an upside down pyramid). This shape is popular in the US market due to its modern appearance is usually used in minimal and contemporary designs.
The princess cut diamond was first created in 1980 & is a good diamond cut to combine with other stones such as Trilogy rings or 3 stone engagement rings.
Worn by Hilary Duff, Kate Bosworth and Meghan Markle.
Marquise Cut Diamond
The elegant marquise cut dates back to the 18th century. King Louis XV of France commissioned a jeweler to design a cut that "resembled the lips of his mistress".
This cut is the most elegant in our opinion and you can find it on the most discerning of women who are looking for something special. The elongated and feminine shape is perfect for achieving a look that maximizes the carat weight and when worn, creates the illusion of elegant and elongated fingers.
Worn by Catherine Zeta Jones, Ashlee Simpson Ross and Portia de Rossi.
Emerald Cut Diamond
Heart Cut Diamond
Toi Et Moi Trend
Not a single shape but a combination of 2, this new trend inspired by Ariana Grande and Emily Ratajkowski's engagement rings is one to keep a close eye on! This trendy style has a coiled band set with two gemstones next to each other.
The stone possibilities are endless and up to you to choose but some popular ideas are 2 different shaped diamonds, 1 diamond and 1 colored gemstone in the same or different shapes or 2 colored gemstones of different shapes.
This is a great design to consider if you want to give your current ring a facelift or revamp some old jewelry pieces from your collection.
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*Illustrations by Durrant Santeng, Source: Vogue*