How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Diamond Shape – Part I

Weekly Wednesday Jewelry LessonChoosing the perfect engagement ring can be challenging.  You want to find a ring that will truly represent all of the feelings you have for your significant other.  You want to make it heartfelt, memorable, special, unique, and beautiful — all in one ring.

To help you with this important decision, we will be writing a three part series on how to choose the perfect engagement ring.  Breaking it down into three parts can assist you in finding the right engagement ring for your loved one. The three parts will be:

1. Choosing The Right Diamond Shape (Part I & Part II)

2. Choosing The Mounting For Your Diamond

3. Choosing The Best Value

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape: Part I:

Choosing The Right Diamond Shape

 

 

We will be discussing ten different diamond shapes.  Here are pictures and descriptions of the first five: round, princess, marquise, emerald and radiant.  Stay tuned for the other five diamond shapes next Wednesday.

Round Diamond Shape:  

Round Diamond Shaperound cut diamond

Also known as brilliant, this shape reflects more light than any other shape.  The classic round cut diamond was first designed by Marcel Tolkowsky. Its 58 facets brings out so much sparkle and shine, which contributes in making it one of the most popular diamond shapes today.  Various styles of the Round cut diamond engagement rings include half-bezel, modern 3-stone, half-moon, etc.

Princess Diamond Shape:

princess diamond shapeprincess diamond shape

This square diamond is the second most popular shape and represents more of a contemporary style. Sporting 58 facets, the princess cut diamond first originated from a Dutch jeweler. It resembles an inverted prism with four beveled sides and is usually square or rectangular in shape.

Marquise Diamond Shape:

Marquise Diamond ShapeMarquise diamond shape

The Marquise diamond is French for “little boat”, because it resembles the hull of a sailboat.  This breathtaking ring, with its elliptical shape and tapered ends, first appeared in the 18th century.  With its lean and elongated look, it appears much larger than a round diamond would of the same carat size.

Emerald Diamond Shape:

emerald diamond shapeemerald diamond shape

Timeless, elegant and sophisticated best describe this emerald ring.  The diamond is rectangular in shape and features step cuts comprised of larger facets that act as mirrors.  Clarity is most emphasized in an emerald diamond than any other diamond shape.

Radiant Diamond Shape:

radiant diamond shaperadiant diamond shape

The radiant diamond shape was perfected by Henry Grossbard in 1977.  It has the same faceting as round and princess cuts, but it is rectangular rather than square.  Its signature characteristic is its trimmed corners. The radiant diamond exudes brilliance and most appeals to those looking for a unique style.

Read our next article: How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring: Diamond Shape – Part II

 

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