Diamond Shapes

Diamonds are natural crystals of varying size and shape formed in the earth over millions of years. By the diamond cutter's art these crystals are carved into gems of spectacular and whimsical beauty. A cutter's skill will produce a diamond of the greatest size with the fewest flaws and the most brilliance.

The shape of things to come in diamonds has already produced other fanciful and innovative styles such as the flower, cloverleaf, triangle and kite. Nor does it stop there. Some cuts are variations on standard shapes, others spin off the natural crystal formation of the stone, and still others take the idea of shape to revolutionary new heights. Individuality and taste determine the fashion, and the magic of the gem cutter transforms each stone into a unique work of art.

Round Brilliant Diamond Shape

diamond round shape

The round brilliant diamond shape is the most popular diamond shape ever, espcially engagement ring. For years, diamond cutters have been using advanced theories of light behavior and precise mathematical calculations to optimize the fire and brilliance in a round diamond.

Choose suitable round brilliant diamond

Whether you are on a limited budget or not, you can find a suitable Round Brilliant Diamond in your price range at most stores. However you should know the minimum recommendations for buying round brilliant cut diamonds:

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: H
  • Clarity: SI1
  • Depth Percentage: 57-65%
  • Table: 51-64%

Princess Cut Diamond Shape

princess cut diamond shape

The princess cut diamond shape has pointed corners and is traditionally square in shape. It is designed for getting maximum brilliance from a square cut. To protect the four pointed corners, most rectangular or square diamond cuts have cropped corners.

Choose suitable princess cut diamond

When choosing a princess cut diamond, weight and quality will decide the price, check out the minimum recommendations for buying princess cut diamond

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: H
  • Clarity: SI1
  • Depth Percentage: 58-77%
  • Table: 58-77%

Other suggestions in case you're on a tight budget

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: I
  • Clarity: SI2
  • Depth Percentage: 58-84%
  • Table: 53-85%

Emerald Cut Diamond Shape

emerald cut diamond shape

The difference of Emerald cut diamond shape is its pavilion, which is cut with rectangular facets to create a unique optical appearance. The emerald cut diamond can be absolutely stunning. Because of it's long lines, it tends to be less fiery than a "round brilliant" cut, but it also tends to have broader, more dramatic flashes of light. The trim lines of emerald cut diamonds lend an elegant, sophisticated air to both the simplest and most elaborate ring settings.

Tips to choose an Emerald cut diamond

The keys when purchasing an emerald cut diamond are to pay attention to quality and to select the highest grade stone you can afford. Here is the minimum recommendations to help you choose an emerald cut diamond:

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: G
  • Clarity: VS2
  • Depth Percentage: 58-69%
  • Table: 58-69%

Asscher Cut Diamond Shape

emerald cut diamond shape

Asscher Cut Diamond shape is quite same emerald cut diamond, the only difference is that asscher cut diamond shape is square. This shape has a pavilion that is cut with rectangular facets in the same style as the emerald cut.

Tips to choose an Asscher Cut Diamond

The Asscher cut is designed to draw the eye into the diamond and as such, you should always select the highest quality stone you can afford. When choosing a color grade, consider that while the price of a J-color non-round diamond is exceptional, color may be slightly visible in its corners. Here is the minimum recommendations to help you choose an asscher cut diamond:

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: H
  • Clarity: VS2
  • Depth Percentage: 64-72%
  • Table: 54-63%

Marquise Cut Diamond Shape

asscher cut diamond shape

The Diamond shape is an elongated shape with pointed ends. It maximizes carat weight, giving a much larger-looking diamond. Marquise cut diamond is gorgeous when it is used as a solitaire or when surrounded by smaller diamonds and gemstones.

Tips to choose Marquise cut diamond

When purchasing a marquise cut diamond, please check its width and length. The length/width ratio is the number that tells you how "skinny" or "fat" the diamond is when viewed from the top. Select a diamond in 1.75 - 2.25 length/width ratio if you want traditional Marquise cut. Here is minimum recommendations to buy a Marquise cut diamond.

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: H
  • Clarity: SI1
  • Depth Percentage: 57-69%
  • Table Percentage: 51-65%
  • Length-Width Ratio: 1.75 - 2.25

Oval Cut Diamond Shape

oval cut diamond shape

An oval diamond has beautiful brilliance that's similar to a round diamond. Oval diamonds are also very popular as their length can accentuate long, slender fingers. To find the dimension of oval you want, look for the length-to-width ratio in our interactive diamond search and on each diamond's detail page. The length-to-width ratio will determine the diamond's outline, or what it will look like when viewed from the top.

Tips to choose Oval cut diamond

When buying Oval cut diamond, please select both the highest grade cut and color within your budget. An Oval cut diamond can be "short and fat" or "long and thin", so please make sure you check the length and width of the diamond prior to purchasing. Here is minimum recommendations to buy a Oval cut diamond.

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: G
  • Clarity: SI1
  • Depth Percentage: 58-66%
  • Table: 51-64%

Radiant Cut Diamond Shape

radiant cut diamond shape

Radiant Cut Diamond signature is the trimmed corners. The trimmed corners make the radiant cut a popular and versatile choice for jewelry. A radiant-cut looks equally beautiful set with either baguette or round side-diamonds. Radiant cut diamonds can vary in their degree of rectangularity.

Tips to choose Radiant cut diamond

When purchasing a radiant cut diamond, please check its width and length. There are no "rules" for length/width ratios for the radiant cut and you must review these numbers to determine if the stone is rectangular or closer to square. Here is minimum recommendations to buy a Radiant cut diamond.

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: H
  • Clarity: SI1
  • Depth Percentage: 58-69%
  • Table: 58-69%

In case you have tight budget, you can follow the recommendations:

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: I
  • Clarity: SI2
  • Depth Percentage: 56-78%
  • Table: 53-76%

Pear Cut Diamond Shape

pear cut diamond shape

An other name of pear cut diamond is teardrop because of its single point and rounded end. The pear shaped diamond is a combination cut of the round-brilliant and the marquise. The unique look of the pear shape helps make it a popular choice for a variety of diamond jewelry.

Tips to choose Radiant cut diamond

When purchasing a Pear Cut Diamond, please pay attention to quality and to select the highest grade cut you can afford. You will need to check the length and width of the diamond prior to purchasing. The traditionally accepted ratio for Pear Diamond is 1.70:1 to 1.45:1, but some people prefer longer, thinner cuts, and some prefer the shorter, fatter cuts. Here is minimum recommendations to purchase a pear cut diamond.

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: H
  • Clarity: SI1
  • Depth Percentage: 56-70%
  • Table: 53-62%
  • Length/Width Ratio: 1.45 - 1.70

Heart Cut Diamond Shape

heart cut diamond shape

The heart cut diamond is essentially a pear cut diamond with a cleft at the top. And the heart is the ultimate symbol of love so the diamond shape is considered as the most romantic diamond cuts.

Tips to purchase Heart cut diamond

The heart cut diamond is likely the most difficult diamond shape to purchase, espcially when you purchase online. Please check out recommendations below before you place an order of a heart-shaped diamond online:

  • Review the length to width ratio to determine the heart's proportions (short and fat? elongated? evenly proportion?)
  • Ensure that the seller has an excellent return policy because if the diamond arrives and you don't care for the cleft, you want to be able to either exchange or return the stone.

When purchasing a heart-shaped diamond, it's extremely important to pay attention to quality and to select the highest grade cut you can afford. While "shape" is not the same as "cut", the skill of the cutter is critical with heart-shaped diamonds and a diamond with a high grade cut, likely had a skilled cutter.

Here is minimum recommendations for buying heart-shaped diamonds:

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: H
  • Clarity: SI1

Cushion Cut Diamond Shape

cushion cut diamond shape

This unique shape has been popular for more than a century. Cushion-cut diamonds (also known as "pillow-cut" diamonds) have rounded corners and larger facets to increase their brilliance. These larger facets highlight the diamond's clarity, so if you choose an SI clarity grade, be sure to review the clarity plot on the diamond certificate. Cushion-cut diamonds are available in shapes ranging from square to rectangular.

Tips to purchase Cushion cut diamond

Standards for cushion cut diamonds vary widely and more than with most contemporary cuts, much is left to personal taste. Because of the large open facets of the cushion cut, opt for the highest clarity and color your budget affords. If you're looking for a stone that most closely matches the original cushion cut, opt for a length/width ratio of 1.25 - 1.30.

Here is minimum recommendations for buying heart-shaped diamonds:

  • Cut: Good
  • Color: H
  • Clarity: SI1

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