Shape or cut is one of the main characteristics of a diamond and one that determines the look of the stone and the ring. Here you can see the most popular ones and after the image you will find a bit of explanation and more examples for each one.
Modern version of a classical shape and the most preferred shape, more than 75% of diamond ring have a stone cut like this. Refined and precisely cut for most brilliant it is the shape most flexible with color.
Second most popular shape, and most popular non round diamond shape. Made in the 1970s it is often found on solitaire engagement rings. Perfect choice if you want a square outline with the brilliance of a round diamond.
A rectangular shape with cut corners, the Emerald has a unique optical appearance. Larger, open table of this shape allows the original clarity of a diamond to be seen. Available in different length/width ratios, depending on the look you want.
With its elongated shape with pointed ends, Marquise tends to flatter the fingers, making them look longer. The shape can maximize the carat weight, giving it a look of a much larger stone. Looks great in a simple solitaire setting or with side stones, especially baguette or trillion shapes.
Also called a teardrop diamond because of its single point and a rounded end. A hybrid cut, combining the best of Oval and the Marquise shapes, these diamonds are cut brilliantly so that maximum shine can be obtained.
Asscher is quite a unique shape, also called the “square emerald cut”. It first became popular during the Art Deco era, but has been making a comeback recently.
What makes this diamond unique are his trimmed corners. As the shape shows off color so well it is an excellent choice for fancy colored diamonds. Amazing as a solitaire stone it also look great with side stones.
Quite popular during the Victorian era, the Cushion shape is back with the latest vintage styles. The corners of these diamonds are rounded and the facets are cut larger to increase their brilliance.
The most romantic of all the diamonds, Heart cut diamonds are unique and that makes them a favorite with the jewelers. If you are buying a color grade diamond the corners of a Heart cut diamond may show the color. Symmetry is a big consideration for this shape, when buying look for a stone with an even shape and a well-defined outline.
Often used as a centre stone, Trilliant(or Trillion) shaped diamonds are especially attractive when used as sidestones to a more blockier centre stone like Radiant, Cushion or Princess. The cut makes the diamond shine in a more brilliant manner. It may be a traditional triangular shape with pointed corners or a more rounded triangular shape.
Oval is a very popular choice for three stone rings, with two matching diamonds on the sides. Also and excellent cut for colored diamonds because it shows off color very well.