Guide to Different Diamond Shapes

Popular Diamond SHapes

The most popular diamond shapes are: Round, Princess, Oval, Marquise, Cushion, Pear, and Emerald. A diamond shape refers to the physical form of the diamond, not to be confused with the 4 C's of diamonds. Each diamond shape has it's own unique characteristics and personality. Learn about the most popular diamond shapes here.

Most Popular Diamond Shapes

  1. Round Cut Diamond
    Arguably the most popular diamond shape, the round cut diamond accounts for the majority of diamonds sold. Round cut diamonds are superior to fancy cut diamonds because the way they are cut.  This cut tends to reflect light the best which creates a luminous, sparkling diamond.
     
  2. Princess Cut Diamond
    The princess cut diamond is the most popular fancy cut diamond. Much like the round cut diamond, the princess cut diamond offers flexibility with the type of ring setting and style it can be mounted in. The princess cut diamond offers the most brilliance and firework capability due to its unique shape and appearance. 
     
  3. Oval Cut Diamond
    The oval cut diamond is an ideal choice for someone who likes the look of a round cut diamond but wants something more unique. Oval diamonds also have the advantage of being an elongated shape, which can create the illusion of being a larger stone. The slender shape of the diamond is also ideal for those who want their finger to appear longer and slimmer.
     
  4. Marquise Cut Diamond
    Unique in shape, the marquise cut diamond is the preferred choice for women who enjoy vintage engagement rings. Much like the oval cut diamond, the football shaped marquise cut diamond will give the wearer the illusion of elongated, slender fingers. The marquise diamond also has the largest crown size, which makes it an ideal choice when trying to maximize the perceived size of a diamond.
     
  5. Pear Cut Diamond
    The pear shaped diamond is a combination of a round and marquise cut, due to its tapered point on one of the ends. Although not one of the most popular diamond cuts, the pear cut diamond is gaining its popularity due to its unique shape and style flexibility.
     
  6. Cushion Cut Diamond
    The cushion cut diamond combines the look of a princess cut but features rounded corners, often compared to a throw pillow. The cushion cut diamond combines modern and traditional making it an idea cut for those wanting an engagement ring that is both classic and bold. The cushion cut diamond is resurfacing in popularity as new techniques to cut this diamond shape is ensuring brilliance.
     
  7. Emerald Cut Diamond
    A shape originally developed solely for the cutting of emeralds, the emerald cut diamond is ahead of its time. Influenced by European style, the emerald cut diamond is an elegant option for those looking for a modern and refined look. With its long lines, the emerald cut diamond offers dramatic bursts of light that make it stand out from the crowd.
     

Which Diamond Shape Is Right For Me?

There are endless diamond shapes you can choose from, but some are more popular than others. When you are choosing the best diamond shape for your ring it is important to consider how different shapes will look on your hand. If you have long fingers we suggest a square cut diamond, such as the princess cut, as it will make your fingers appear shorter. On the flip side, women with shorter fingers should try on diamonds that will elongate their fingers such as marquise, oval, and pear shape. If you have larger hands avoid diamond shapes that are narrow like the marquise cut; opt for a round cut diamond. If you still aren't sure which diamond shape is right for you, the best thing you can do is visit your local jewellery store and try some on!